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Zach Hill

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Sacramento, United States

Zach Hill is a musician residing in Sacramento, California. He performs/has performed in numerous groups, including Hella, Holy Smokes, Nervous Cop, Death Grips, and a diverse other range of groups including Team Sleep (featuring Chino Moreno of Deftones), Goon Moon, and The Ladies (a duo consisting of Zach on drums and Rob Crow of Pinback on guitar). Zach is completely self taught, having started drumming around 1995.

One of Zach Hill’s most defining characteristics as a drummer is his footwork. Many drummers are surprised when they realize that he only uses one bass drum and a single bass drum pedal when he plays. For example, in the song Imaginary Friends from Hella’s Church Gone Wild record, Hill employs his characteristic double-stroke bass drum method throughout much of the song, leading many to believe he is using more than one foot to do so, when he is only using his right foot. Zach Hill’s set thus far had had generally very low-tuned tom-toms and floor-toms. When playing rhythms back and forth between his bass drum and these tom-toms, it often sounds as if it is all being created by the bass drum. His snare drum sound is often a contrasting highly tuned “crack” sound.

A unique aspect of Zach’s style is his liberal use of unconventional sounding cymbals, often referred to as “trash” cymbals.

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  • OverEgo

    zach is god

    13 Jul 7:05pm Reply
  • Sydstone

    Come 2 brazil

    10 Jul 7:15pm Reply
  • sleepingpill23

    I found the i.l.y's almost exactly as I posted that...

    7 Jun 2:02pm Reply
  • sleepingpill23

    I just want another album in line with FACE TAT and Astrological Straits. I'm honestly surprised Hill has stuck with one single project this long without doing a side project or playing on another bands release. This man couldn't sit still in the early 2000's.

    7 Jun 1:48pm Reply
  • MarcMaquiavel

    marry me

    21 May 5:19am Reply
  • The_SchizoidMan

    Best drummer ever.

    23 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Nekrovoor

    "Hey Zach, since you've got some free time now, maybe you could y'know, make some noise with Marnie again?" I second that

    6 Sep 2014 Reply
  • AliceReid

    I love you

    10 Aug 2014 Reply
  • AliceReid

    Please do something Zach

    10 Aug 2014 Reply
  • muzziac

    The only reason I got into Death Grips was because of Zach Hill. [2] Hey Zach, since you've got some free time now, maybe you could y'know, make some noise with Marnie again?

    9 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Xenagos

    Quite literally the only reason I got into Death Grips was because of Zach Hill. He doesn't disappoint.

    22 Jul 2014 Reply
  • TooYoungTooHot

    deaf gips

    24 Jan 2014 Reply
  • DJFender

    "wow this death grips thingy he's currently in really isn't that good, why did he have to go give up his awesome career to join some pretentious dubstep group?" lmaodead

    10 Jan 2014 Reply
  • bigkajamma

    Hella, Solo Career (Facetat), Death Grips and Bygones are all top notch

    16 Dec 2013 Reply
  • bigkajamma

    @milkynoodles diversify your musical tastes. Just about everything this dude touches is gold. Death Grips is some really forward thinking hip-hop. I listen to all kinds of music not one specific style.

    16 Dec 2013 Reply
  • skimaskshawty

    listen 2 exmilitary

    16 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Skanking_Skippy

    See Grips live and understand. The performance is otherworldly and Zach is a shaman for sure.

    15 Nov 2013 Reply
  • MilkyNoodles

    wow this death grips thingy he's currently in really isn't that good, why did he have to go give up his awesome career to join some pretentious dubstep group?

    14 Nov 2013 Reply
  • rafqueiroz

    rip in piece

    28 Sep 2013 Reply
  • TastyDogChow

    He's in death grips to piss you and specifically you off.

    3 Aug 2013 Reply
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