Joey Zak: Inspiration & Perspiration
By Andrew Lentz Originally published in the May 2009 issue of DRUM! Magazine
EQUIPMENT Ddrum drums, Pearl Joey Jordison Signature snare, Zildjian cymbals, DW hardware and stands, Tama pedals, Vater sticks, Audix and Shure mics.
Joey Zak is going places, and we don’t mean just because he was voted Wisconsin’s best drummer in 2008. This promising young basher’s band, Milwaukee-based Marashino, has opened for Seether and Shinedown, played live on Fox Television and NBC’s America’s Got Talent, and had some rotation on college radio. But it’s what Zak does within his band’s by-now-familiar brand of corporate hard rock that elevates the material. Whether it’s stop-on-a-dime fills, unexpected licks, or attention-grabbing intros, the drum parts are perfectly pitched between straight-ahead and flashy. Marashino’s new three-song demo sounds weirdly old-school hair metal, but regardless of genre this dude has a knack for livening up a riff or giving a transition momentum. It’s inspiration but also perspiration, and Zak’s more than paid his dues by taking gobs of lessons, earning an associate’s degree in music and working in Guitar Center for three years. Zak, your sweat equity is already paying dividends.