Like many professional drummers, Ray Luzier caught the bug early. His career has taken him a long way, not just physically from the farms of Pennsylvania to the hustle of Hollywood Boulevard, but also from playing Alex Van Halen’s drum parts with David Lee Roth to creating his own rhythms floating around the percussive sounds of KORN bandmate and bass player “Fieldy” (Reginald Arvizu).
Born in small-town Pennsylvania, Ray knew if he was going to make a music career work, he’d need to make some big moves (nearly 2,500 miles to be exact), and over 30 years later he’s become one of the best Hard Rock/Metal Drummers working today. As if his current 10+ year run with KORN wasn’t enough, Ray’s resume features bands like KXM, Jonathan Davis and the SFA, Army of Anyone, Jake E. Lee, Stone Temple Pilots, David Lee Roth, The Nixons, Tracy G, Billy Sheehan, Steel Panther, Bang Tango, and even a gig with the K-Pop Group, KAT-TUN.
We had a chance to sit down with Ray for SABIAN’s Green Room Series to discuss his unique approach to drumming gathered over the past three decades and some of the biggest myths about success in the industry.
Some of Ray’s favorite Cymbals:
- 19” SABIAN AAX X-Plosion Crash
- 18″ SABIAN AAX O-zone Crash
- 14″ SABIAN AA Rock Hats
- 19” AA Holy China
- 19” SABIAN HHX X-plosion Crash
- 19″ SABIAN Paragon Chinese
- 10” AA Splash
- 21″ SABIAN AA Rock Ride
- 18″ SABIAN HHX O-zone Crash
- 20″ SABIAN HHX X-Plosion Crash
- 18” AAX Xplosion Crash
- 12″ SABIAN Radia Cup Chime
- 12/14” HH Max Stax Low
- 16” SABIAN Radia chinas mounted over 14” AA Rock Hat Bottom
Check out more from Ray:
Ray Luzier's Cymbal List
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