Zak St. John

Session Drums and Percussion

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14 Reviews (3 Verified)
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Zak is one of the most in demand drummers in LA. His clients include Stevie Wonder, The B-52’s, NFL on Fox, Sony Music, & Warner Bros. Zak has an innovative style and solid back-beat to fit just about any style of music or playing situation. He has also consulted on songs/sessions for Justin Bieber, Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, & Maroon 5.

"I will choose from my vintage and state of the art collection of 20+ drum kits, 40+ snares, and vast cymbal selection, to fine tune the drum sound to fit your music. I have a world class recording studio that I own and track from on a daily basis, featuring the very best in outboard Preamps, Compressors, EQ's, and Microphones."

"I pride myself in being personally invested in every artist, producer, and band I work with. I promise a quick turn-around with a 100% satisfaction guarantee!"
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14 Reviews - 1 Repeat Client

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  1. Review by Damien F.
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    Another time a big success!

  2. Review by Damien F.
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    Very good drummer. And the quickest job ever. In two days, i received everything. Top microphones, a choice of the best drum kits...nothing more to say. Thanks Zak

  3. Review by James B.
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    Zak was a pleasure to work with. He has an incredible understanding of what to play to make a song work. Amazing service, would recommend.

  4. Review by Andrew James
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    Zak is the man. Been working with him for years and - as a bassist - it's important to find a drummer who is creative, has a killer groove, and is really easy and professional to work with. Zak embodies all of those qualities and more.

  5. Review by Nicolas Essig
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    I have known and worked with Zak for close to ten years.
    He is truly among the best in the industry. Always willing to go above and beyond to get the best results possible. He has a very positive attitude and is very fun to work with.
    I would recommend Zak to any one who needs a drummer in a recording or live show setting.

  6. Review by Tom Chandler
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    Zak St John is one of the most amazing musicians I've ever had the experience of working with in my 20 year music career. Zak knows everything possible about drum selection and tuning for amazing recorded results. Zak also has his own unique groove and vibe as a player, that he stamps every song with- raising the musical bar from "good" to "greatness".

  7. Review by Alex Arias
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    Zak is my drum guy. He's been able to make my vision a reality numerous times. He's quick and is always a joy to work with. Myself being a picky guy with drums; it's amazing to have a guy who understands tuning and tonality. It makes my life so much easier in post. Oh and his amazing collection of drums never hurts.

  8. Review by Eric Slater
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    Zak St. John is by far one of my favorite drummers to work with in LA. A lot of guys have chops and feel, which Zak is known for. What makes him unique is his keen sense of understanding how to work for the song. He can play anything, has an impressive collection of gear, and can shred with the best of 'em. But it's his ability to listen and play the right parts that puts him at the top of my list

  9. Review by Josh Newell
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    I have worked with Zak on a variety of projects over the years. He's a fantastic drummer who is comfortable playing many different styles of music, and quality and depth of his drum collection means he always brings an excellent selection of equipment for the sessions. He's also a great hang and a joy to work with in the studio.

  10. Review by Chris Hodges
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    I've worked with Zak for over a year and his professionalism only scratches the surface of what he provides. Zak writes drum parts that compliments each individual song, not just a beat behind the music. Highly recommended.

  11. Review by Joel Hellman
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    Zak is in the group of rare musicians that work in the studio and perform live - doing both at a very high level of talent and professionalism. His knowledge and experience in the studio allow for some of the best source drum sounds I've heard. His collection of drums and percussion are a producer's dream. Zak carries this right onto the stage and is a seasoned performer.

  12. Review by Ted Wulfers
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    Zak St. John is a drummer's drummer and an absolute joy to work with. His hard hitting, perfect time keeping and musical finesse make him one of the busiest drummers in the music business and for good reason. With Zak, you feel and hear every hit just as it should be and that makes working with him a breeze. He'll learn a tune on the spot or prepare just the right part.

  13. Review by Gregory Pajer
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    Zak has been my go-to drummer for about 5 years now and he kills it every time. His timing, feel, tone, and pocket are second to none. He always delivers what I need with no hassle or ego. And he's a great guy to work with! - Greg Pajer Producer/Composer

  14. Review by Kim Clayborne
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    Zak has been one of the best and most professional musicians I have gotten to work with. He has not only proven his talent in the studio while recording with me, but has also helped by being music director during live performances and has helped me battle my stage fright. He is truly an amazing musician.

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Terms Of Service

50% deposit required up front. 2 custom drum takes per song. 1 free revision (unless major). 1 to 3 day turn-around

GenresSounds Like
  • Led Zeppelin
  • Tom Petty
  • Maroon 5
Gear Highlights
  • 20+ World class and vintage drum sets
  • 40+ Snares
  • Top of the line Recording Studio and gear.
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