INTERVIEW: Tyler Zarzeka

Hi Tyler, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hey! I’m doing fantastic, just had my first coffee of the day!

What draw you into drumming?

Multiple things made me decide to be a musician/drummer, one was seeing Blink 182 when I was 16.  The other was the music I was being introduced to by my friends.  All of them were listening to emo, punk, pop rock, metal; and I fell in love with the drumming that these albums had on them.  Another was watching a local band at my High School perform, the drummer was David Forester and I was blown away at the coordination and effort put into this instrument.

Usually musicians tend to form their own band – what made you want to become a tour/session drummer?

The need to survive the music industry helped shape this decision.  I realized the chance of forming my own band and making it was more difficult than winning the lottery, I also was sick of being a broke musician. I made the decision before going to music school, it was still a passion of mine to be a hired drummer.

Was it any hard to pave your way through your industry?

Extremely difficult, I don’t recommend for everyone.  You need to be thick-skinned in order to mentally survive.

Does opportunities tend to arise and you take them all or do you pick a band or artists based on something in particular elements?

I try to make every opportunity work.  I would rather be swamped with work, juggling multiple gigs, than sitting at home waiting for a phone call.

Do you tend to enjoy playing live rather than playing on a studio or the other way around?

Both live and in-studio have their pros and cons.  In the studio you can make mistakes and just record over them, giving you the freedom to try new things.  But live, one mistake can really stick out, so you’re more inclined to perform ideas that you’re 100% sure on. I prefer playing live.

How has the road been treating you so far?

Fantastic, I love living on a tour bus.  It’s my home away from home.

Any highlights?

The biggest highlight was performing with Noah’s dad, Billy Ray Cyrus.  We played “Achy Breaky Heart” at Madison Square Garden.  It was a last minute song that the band learned for this show and everyone nailed it. Miley Cyrus even jumped on stage.  I was smiling the whole time.

Depending on the band or artist – do you tend to take a different approach?

Of course, you have to evolve with the music.  I would be very bored with myself if every artist wanted the same thing.  It really helps keep me on my toes for anything and everything.

What else is happening next in Tyler Zarzeka’s world?

As of now, I’ll just continue working for Noah as long as possible.  We have a lot of exciting possibilities in the future that I really hope come to fruition.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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