Zach Danziger

208 – Zach Danziger: The evolution of a player

Zach Danziger is a trail blazer and an innovator. In 1995 he was using and developing effects cymbals with Zildjian before there was a need for them and before anyone knew what they were for. Today he’s incorporating electronics and video into his drumming while evolving as a player and as a person. His life was changed after seeing Dave Weckl play in the 80’s and he poised to make his own impact on others by innovating on the drums and by challenging the status quo of sounds.

“You are an endless project…changing, evolving, surprising.” – James Patterson (Tweet this)

Zach Danziger talks about:

  • Growing up in a musical family
  • Dave Weckl and the life-changing effect he had on Zach
  • The pros and cons of incorporating electronics into your playing
  • His views on how players evolve and change as they get older
  • Past and present work with Wayne Krantz
  • The “lucky” break of working on Oceans 11, 12 and 13
  • Much more

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Zach Danziger plays:

  • Gretsch Drums
  • Zildjian Cymbals
  • Vic Firth Sticks
  • Remo Heads
  • DW Pedals and Hardware

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DW Drums: I’ve been playing DW for years…not only because they make high-quality, handcrafted drums but because they support and foster drumming initiatives all over the wold, much like this podcast. I’m thrilled to announce that DW has signed on to support Drummer’s Reosource for 2016! Be sure to check them out today and

Sabian Cymbals: Sabian has just released more “Big and Ugly” cymbals to their line, including 18” AA Sick Hats (super dry and 28 holes for virtually no airlock) plus more Big and Ugly’s like the 14″ and 16″ AA Apollo Hats, the 14″ XSR Monarch Hats. As if that wasn’t enough, they also have crash-friendly sizes like the 18″ and 20″ Apollo and XSR Monarch. Check ’em at at

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