Back in March after a Charlie Puth concert, I got to briefly meet Tyler Zarzeka. Zarzeka is currently playing the drums in Charlie's band. So I have been lucky enough to ask Tyler some questions about his career in drumming, and about him. Here is what he had to say.
(AD) When and how did drumming start for you?
(TZ) "I started drumming very very late in life. At least compared to every other drummer I've EVER met. hah. I started when i was 16 by drumming on notebooks and binders before school with the first pair of drum sticks my dad gave me. He said if after a year i still wanted to play drums, he would buy me a set. So in November of 2003 i got my first kit. Still have it. So its now been 13 years and still love it as much as i did when i was 16. But the REASON i started drumming was of course Travis Barker. Saw Blink play live and knew that day, i wanted to play in front of thousands of people on tour. And now, here i am..."
(AD) What's the first song you learned to play on the drums?
(TZ) " "Ben" by FenixTX. It was a cover for one of the first bands I was in. Very straight forward pop punk song. "
(AD) What's an instrument you would like to learn to play?
(TZ) "I would love to play the violin. And or piano. We were required to learn scales on piano in music school, but never took it further besides learning a Coldplay song or two. Haha "
(AD) Who are some of your biggest influences and why?
(TZ) "Definitely my mom and dad. They're the reason I'm doing music. Not because they're musicians, far from it. But because they pushed me to pursue my dreams.
(AD) What are some of your favorite cities you've been to while on tour?
(TZ) "Hmmm, this is a tough one because every city has its perks. But I do love visiting London, the British culture is right up my alley. And can't go wrong with NYC, Paris, and Dubai. "
(AD) What's your next big project and how are you preparing?
(TZ) "That's a really good question. I tend to work for multiple artists at the same time but since Charlie is keeping me so busy, I have no time for anything else. I estimate that in 2017 I will have some downtime and will start to work more on drum videos for YouTube content."
(AD) And when you're not drumming or working on music what do you like to do?
(TZ) "I love going to the movies. There's something amazing about sitting in a dark theatre and for 2 hours get lost with your imagination and forget about the "outside" world. I could easily go to 3 movies a week with my best friend Keith, when I'm home of course."
(AD) Favorite song to sing in the car?
(TZ) " "Is it any wonder" by Keane "
(AD) If you could be anyone for a day who would it be?
(TZ) "Elon Musk"
(AD) Favorite food?
(TZ) "Mexican Food"
(AD) Favorite thing to watch on tv?
(TZ) "Cosmos "
Michigan is amazing, I have said it a million times before and I’ll say it a million times again. I haven’t been to the capitol since I was in elementary school and that was a guided field trip. This time, my family made a quick stop there on our way home and I got to roam the nearly empty four-story building. Here is some picture I got to take.
Every week in Grand Haven Michigan they hold this event called "Worship on the Water". Every week they have different christian bands and artist to hold simply a giant worship service. We happened to be there the Day Building 429 was there and I could not have been happier they were there.
The lead singer, Jason, Was not only super talented, but his message was incredible. Talking about how nothing will make you happy like God will. Not the fame we chase, the money we pine so hard to earn. Nothing on this Earth will ever be enough because God is what we need and all we will ever need.
This venu was packed, people everywhere on the bleachers and in lawn seats and standing around to hear the music and hear the word of God. Its unbelievable we live in a place where we can worship so freely and comfortably.
I could have tied this all into my Grand Haven Post but I thought this was all to impactful itself to just slide it in there. Seeing so many hands raised, and love felt everywhere. It was an amazing experience that Im so thankful I got to see and be a part of.
Fourth of July started by getting to the Grand Haven Beach and there being no parking at the state park and $40 parking left at peoples homes. So, obviously, we decided to embrace the adventure and find an alternative. We knew the fireworks in South Haven were over so we headed down that direction to try the beach down there. And no problems with parking and the overcast weather actually made for a super comfortable day at the beach with ice cream cones and people watching. Here are some photos from South Haven.