Z Man
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Band to Join, Vocalist, Rhythm Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboard.

ABOUT

SORRY TO EVERYONE WHO CONTACTED ME LATELY....I WAS USING AN OLD EMAIL ADDRESS. HIT ME UP AGAIN IF YOU NEED. tommyzcat at ye olde g male if you can't post here!

I have been told that I approach the art of drumming in a far different way than most. I tend to look at the drums and cymbals as a textural and dynamic pallete from which I choose colors of varying density to accompany the other musicians with which I am playing; usually in top-down hierarchy (vocals--> melody-->other rhythmic elements.) In some way, I've come to think of my style as a more rock-based embodiment of the improvisational jazz ethos. I feel that embracing and understanding the underlying "essence" of a piece is Far more important than any one figure or measure, especially live...but I tend not to take this philosophy so far that the structure of a piece dissolves...though each project is different and I always seek to do what is best for the sound. I tend therefore to favor projects which seek some measure of originality without being so far out there that the music becomes inaccessible. Most of all I believe in Heart, since that is what drives my love of performance.

Screen name:
Z Man
Member since:
Mar 15 2012
Active within 1 week
Level of commitment:
Very Committed
Years playing music:
15
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
More than 3 times per week
Available to gig:
4-5 nights a week
Most available:
Nights

Influences

I have too many heroes to name. I appreciate and feel there's something to learn from anyone with the courage to get on stage. I have never sought to sound like anyone other than myself, even when I play cover songs....I feel that artistic license is the whole point of music. If you are not moved, how can you move others with your art??

I think most people I play with hear a "kind of funk" in my playing. I was raised in a home where MoTown was played everyday and that would be my only guess as to where that sound originates.

Honestly, I stopped listening to radio in the late 90's. I got so tired of the overproduction of mainstream music and lacked the time to really dig around to find the more redeeming stuff. I felt my time was much better spent evolving my own methods of rhythmic creativity. I tend to put on trancy electronica or exotic world music and just vamp along alternating grooving with counterpoint playing.

If you're still reading this post and aren't laughing your ass off, we should probably try jamming.

Instrument experience:

Drums:
Advanced
Other Percussion:
Advanced

EQUIPMENT

Enough stuff to get the sound I want. If I don't have what I need I work to acquire it. Texture and Sound are Very Important to me.
Basics of my setup:
Taye Studio Maple drumkit (red)
Wide array of metal and wooden snares
Wide array of cymbal types, styles and models (mostly, but not all, Zildjian)
Drumheads swapped to suit style of project (mostly, but not all Evans @ current)
Gibraltar rack system & Tama Iron Cobra pedals.