Chad Smith Talks About His New Sabian Holy China Cymbal

By Andy Doerschuk
Published January 14, 2011

It’s always a transcendental experience to interview Chad Smith, even when you’re sequestered in a dark meeting room in the confines of Sabian’s fortress-like NAMM booth. Out of sheer perseverance, we eked a long, long interview out of the Red Hot Chili Pepper, which included his recollections of co-designing the Holy China cymbal, which debuted at the 2011 Winter NAMM Show. Here’s what he had to say about the experience of working with Sabian cymbalsmiths. We’ll share the rest of the interview with you at a later date.