I always had my eye on the drummer in church when I was kid, many years before I actually picked up sticks and started playing. The drummer at my church played a medley of cymbal brands but I always noticed his Zildjian A Custom crash cymbals. After starting August Burns Red in 2003 I had a few opportunities to sign with cymbal companies but I knew that there was only one company I would commit to in the end. In 2006, I signed with Zildjian Cymbals and here I am 10 years later more impressed than ever by the product, the passion of the people I work with at Zildjian, and the mentality of one of the most legendary companies in the world.
My preferred cymbal setup live is: 14? A Custom Mastersound Hi-Hats, 18? A Custom Crash, 19? A Custom Projection Crash, 9? Oriental Splash, 13? Oriental Trash China, 20? K Ride, 19? K Custom Hybrid China, 6? Custom Bell, 9.5? Custom Bell.
My preferred cymbal setup in the studio is: 14? A Custom Mastersound Hi-Hats, 15? A Custom Crash, 19? A Custom Projection Crash, 9? Oriental Splash, 10? Oriental Trash China, 20? K Ride, 18? K Special Dry China, 6? Custom Bell, 9.5? Custom Bell.