Nir Z

Nir Zidkyahu, better known as Nir Z, is a much-recorded drummer of the highest order.

For more than 20 years, Nir has been in demand with artists across all genres including Hunter Hayes, Jason Mraz, Chris Cornell, Blake Shelton, Joss Stone, Alana Davis, Wynonna Judd, and John Oates. Prior to his work on John Mayer’s breakthrough album, Room for Squares (yes that was Nir), Nir took Phil Collins’ seat behind the drum kit in the legendary band Genesis on their 1997 album Calling All Stations and the following European tour.

Though he moved from Israel to New York City in 1993, since 2010 Nir has rooted himself in Nashville, Tennessee where studio work with session peers continually keeps Nir’s sticks in hand and his contagious, energy flowing. Nir’s years of experience as a drummer and recording engineer are now put to good use in his personal studio complete with a rich, musical tracking room and outfitted with the best of the best gear. In addition to his drumming, his skill as a percussionist and a programmer are also on tap. In short, Nir gives you every rhythmic option you could ever want.

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Charlie Peacock on Nir

Nir is a one-of-a-kind drummer and human. The thing that sets him apart though is his swing, basically his feel. Some session drummers specialize in laying it down solid and unmovable. Nir is just as solid, but he’s driven to make even the most solid groove have some earthy, human feel to it. And I don’t know, it might be his birthplace, but Nir has the most unusual, yet completely musical fills. He’s got the basics down. But if you want someone that reaches for something a little different, Nir is that unique musician. Plus he’s got an accent, which is cool. I hope you get to work with him soon, whether remotely, or via tracking and overdubs here in Nashville.

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