Z Rokk, Singer/songwriter, guitarist for Automatic Static was the guitar player for Simon Says on Hollywood Records back in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. After the disbanding of Simon Says in 2002, Z pursued his education and earned a BA in Political Science from CSU Sacramento. He pursued Law school and was accepted to McGeorge Law School in Sacramento. After realizing that music was where he wanted to be and not the law, Z started Automatic Static by himself as a project in a small one-bedroom apartment in downtown Sacramento. After recording and writing for a year or so, Z started to play live shows with friends and musicians around Sacramento filling in the line up. Being a huge Nirvana fan Z decided that a simple 3 piece would be a great tight group to rock with as he was handling both guitar and vocals himself. He recruited friends and long time local Sacramento musicians Matt (tone factory) on Bass and Kevin, drums. Together they form the wall of sound that is Automatic Static. After touring all over the West coast many times over they are ready to release their new album “The Murder of California.”
Z Rokk has contributed music to soundtracks as “Varsity Blues”, “Johnny Tsunami” and National Lampoon’s “Beerfest”.
Z Rokk has toured with bands from the likes of Filter, Staind, Limp Bizkit, Kid Rock, Deftones, and Far, Type O Negative, Sevendust and many more.
Musical philosophy is “Less is more!”
Favorite bands include- Nirvana, Stone Temple Pilots, T Rex, Led Zeppelin, Thin Lizzy and Metallica, Helmet, Barkmarket, Far, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts.
Z Rokk owns and operates a music School in Sacramento, where he has taught music lessons for over seven years. He also owns a small recording studio recording his own music as well as other local bands around Sacramento and Northern California.
The band has just finished work on their newest 6 song EP entitled “The Murder of California” which was produced by Diebels and mixed by Shaun Lopez (Far, Deftones, Demon Hunter). The EP features their first single “Hey Now” and is now available by Authentik Artists on iTunes, Amazon.com and most other online retailers.
Automatic Static is: Zac Diebels-Guitar/Lead Vocals M.J. Franks-Bass, Jess Gowrie-Drums
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