At the age of 2, Zak started playing on his mom’s pots and pans, then quickly moved on to a fabulous “Toys R’ Us” kit. Through the tutelage of his father, a world renowned guitarist, Zak began to learn the “ins and outs” of the music business and all that is entailed.
Zak has had the great opportunity to learn from some of the best drummers in the world. While always in music education, he was also able to receive one on one training from friend and mentor Bill Lordan (Robin Trower, Sly and the Family Stone, Jimi Hendrix). Zak also received training and lessons from greats like Dennis Chambers, Kenny Aronoff and Mike Mangini along the way. But most importantly, Zak embraces the sound, style and musicality of John Bonham.
While growing up in Wisconsin, Zak performed with some of the most talented players and groups in the Midwest. He also had the opportunity to develop his chops in the Bay Port Drum Line. After finishing his schooling at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Zak made the move to Los Angeles to further his music career.
While in L.A, Zak has recorded/played with Stevie Wonder, Karmin, The B-52’s, Bitter:Sweet, Christian Martucci (Stone Sour), The Raskins, Ben Moody (Evanescence), Bruce Kulick (Kiss), Phil-X (Bon Jovi), Brian Howes, Davey Rieley, Mike Starr (Alice in Chains), In Theory, The Shrill, Joshua Ketchmark, The Lonely Drunks Club and many more!
When Zak is not touring, he can be found in any number of recording studios in Southern California. He also collaborates with famed producer Tom Chandler at Dark Red Records in Montrose, California, co-producing and drumming for some of the best bands/artists L.A. has to offer.
Lives: Burbank-Adjacent, CA
Favorite Drink: Jameson
Nickname: St. Jizzle Sizzle
Biggest Addiction: Purell Hand Sanitizer
Biggest Indulgence: Diesel Jeans
Favorite band: Led Zeppelin
Secret bank code: 18499381-5
Favorite Movie: Major League
Favorite Food: Spaghetti and Meatballs
Favorite Color: Green
Favorite Hobby: Fishing
Muses: My mom and dad, Melissa, and John Bonham