Everything you need to know about being a professional drummer…and a few things you may not want to know. Hosted by Matthew Crouse and Zack Albetta: the podcast Working Drummer covers it all in interviews with a dynamic range of pro drummers.
With over 200 episodes and counting, Working Drummer Podcast is the source for those interested in what it’s like to be a professional drummer. We hear from a diverse range of musicians who represent many different genres and scenes. Each weekly interview features a different performer, sometimes with a less recognizable name, but always with an impressive and distinct body of work. This unique approach has garnered a loyal audience hungry for unfiltered stories about making a living as a musician today.
Matthew Crouse and Zack Albetta are full-time musicians with the experience and insight to ask the often-overlooked questions. You can stream all the episodes here at www.workingdrummer.net or subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.
Entertaining for Hobbyists ***** by Jeff Ziegler – July 27, 2019
I play drums in my basement for my own entertainment, and so I am not trying to develop a professional career. But I find Working Drummer to be an entertaining, informative, and funny look at the music industry. It’s cool to learn about the work and life of professional drummers, and get insights into some of my favorite artists. Keep up the great work!
Real talk for drummers…. by Mark Domme – May 21, 2016 “This podcast gives an inside look at the who’s, how’s, and why’s of the best studio/touring drummers out there today…..I enjoy hearing the behind the scenes stories and advice from the top guys.”
A functional and practical resource……..by WWS II – March 31, 2017 “This podcast is awesome! Matt and Zack have a great grasp of what’s happening in the modern world of music. They are interviewing a nice variety of musicians who are in the trenches doing the work, playing, touring, teaching, and making music today, which gives a unique and approachable perspective.”
Zack has called Atlanta home since 2016 and has become a go-to for some of the best talent in the Southeast, recording and touring with Delta Moon, The Atlanta Funk Society, The Equinox Orchestra, Ansley Stewart, and Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics. Prior to this, Zack spent five years in Los Angeles, where he performed most regularly with The Jennifer Keith Sextet, a retro-swing band led by Royal Crown Revue founder Mando Dorame, and as a staff musician at Disneyland. Other highlights of Zack’s L.A. resume include Grammy and Oscar winner Johnny Mandel, Grammy nominees Kim Richmond and Pete Christlieb, Jacques Lesure, Ty Bailie, Nick Mancini, Center Theatre Group, Musical Theatre West and 3D Theatricals.
Zack grew up in Sante Fe, NM, where he began drum lessons at age 8. Music was the focus of his high school years and he went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Percussion Performance from Ball State University in Indiana. In 2003, he entered graduate school at The University of Missouri-Kansas City. His primary mentor was alto sax legend and Grammy nominee Bobby Watson, and Zack also studied drumset with Doug Auwarter, a master drummer, author, and musicologist. In four years at UMKC, Zack earned Master’s degrees in Percussion Performance and Jazz & Studio Performance.
By the time he graduated in 2007, he was already in high demand on Kansas City’s rich and vibrant music scene. He spent the next three years playing with many of the area’s top artists and organizations including Bobby Watson, Mark Lowrey, The Kansas City Symphony, the Kansas City Repertory Theatre, and the 18th & Vine Big Band, with whom he backed up three legendary vocalists – Mary Stallings, Ernie Andrews and five-time Grammy nominee Karrin Allyson.
When not gigging, Zack enjoys cooking, talking about cooking, and comparing everything in life to cooking.