Vancouver, B.C trash metal band Tribune are gearing up to release their third album Elder Lore / The Dark Arts via Corpse Corrosion Music. Drummer Jay Brown recently gave PureGrainAudio some of his time to discuss his use of Zildjian Cymbals. Read on to learn more about these great cymbals.
What one piece of equipment do you use to obtain your signature sound?
Jay: Where the drums have the drive and power to the sound, my cymbals are the life of what I am playing. I have always liked the sound and brightness that the varieties of Zildjian cymbals bring out in a song.
What about it makes it so important to you?
Jay: The cymbals I use reflect sounds that add emotion to complement the other instruments accents. The style of music depends on the types of cymbals used. I have a wide variety because of knowledge in many styles and genres. Zildjian has the right tones to accompany the music I write perfectly.
What are the major pros and cons?
Jay: I currently am using Zildjian ZXT. These cymbals are great. The sound is colorful and adds to the over-all sound. Perfect for any fast styled drum technique, mostly due to the sharp sound and shorter resonance. And being titanium based, the sound is much brighter. The down side is they are slightly thinner and more delicate to aggressive styles. They do chip and crack more quickly without proper treatment. And like most cymbals, good ones are worth the extra few bucks.
How long have you used this piece of equipment and would you ever change it?
Jay: I got my first drum set when I was 10. It came with Zildjian hi-hats, a ride with rivets and a Zildjian ride crash. I fell in love with the sound of it. No other cymbals that I have used can compare in sound that I like. The richness of it sounds right in every way.
Any final thoughts or comments on the gear?
Jay: I have used a few varieties of Zildian cymbals. Going with all one type of cymbal like ZCustom, K, ZHT, ZXT, A, etc… is not necessary. To be able to play better and hit notes in the cymbals, having a mix of different sizes, thicknesses, and compound materials used to make it, create a more powerful and moving sound to add to any drumming. Zyldjian hasn’t let me down; which is why I still play them after 20 years.
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