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Zachary Charles Hill (born December 28, 1979)[1] is an American multi-instrumentalist and visual artist. He is best known as the drummer and co-producer of the group Death Grips and as the drummer of math rock band Hella. His intense, high-tempo drumming style is his key hallmark.

Zach Hill
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Zach Hill in 2012
Background information
Birth nameZachary Charles Hill
Born (1979-12-28) December 28, 1979 (age 39)
Sacramento, California, United States
GenresExperimental, rock, electronic, hip hop
Occupation(s)Musician, drummer, visual artist, screenwriter, director
InstrumentsDrums, vocals, piano, sampler, guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, trumpet, cornet
Years active1999–present
Labels5 Rue Christine, Ache, Anticon, Deathbomb Arc, Epic, Ipecac, Joyful Noise, Kill Rock Stars, Narnack, Ormolycka, Overlap, Rodriguez Lopez, The Advantage, Rock Is Hell, Sargent House, Sick Room, Skin Graft, Sub Pop, Suicide Squeeze, Third Worlds, Harvest, Toad
Associated actsDeath Grips, Team Sleep, Bygones, Flössin, Goon Moon, Hella, Holy Smokes, Legs on Earth, Marnie Stern, Mick Barr, Omar Rodríguez-López, Spencer Seim, Spoek Mathambo, Nick Reinhart, Wavves, Björk, Janet Weiss, Matt Cameron, Ben Weinman, The I.L.Y's, Boredoms, Nervous Cop, Crime in Choir

A photograph of Hill drumming by Irish photographer Deirdre O'Callaghan is included in her photo album book The Drum Thing (2016), which also features pictures of Ringo Starr, Lars Ulrich, Jack White, Pauli Lovejoy, and Travis Barker; she recalled when taking the photo, "He doesn't like getting his photo taken, but when he plays he just goes into that almost religious zone straight away."[2]

ArtEdit

In addition to music, Hill is also a visual artist. He published a fully illustrated book, Destroying Yourself is Too Accessible, which included the Zach Hill and Holy Smokes album "Masculine Drugs" Released in 2004 on TNI books and Suicide Squeeze Records.

The Sacramento, California art space Fools Foundation ran an exhibition of Hill's art, titled "Poltergeist", from April 1 to 29 in 2006. Parts of the exhibit are visible in the photos accompanying Hill's article in the August 2006 issue of Modern Drummer and on the Fools Foundation website.[3]

FilmEdit

Hill was said to be working on an original feature film in 2013, which was confirmed to feature late actress Karen Black in a leading role.[4] However, she had died before the film could come into full fruition. A shortened excerpt of the footage was posted on the Death Grips YouTube account in October 2015 in a 15-minute video entitled Bottomless Pit. It has been rumored that either Death Grips or Hill's side-project, The I.L.Y's, would be involved with the soundtrack of the film as well.[5]

DiscographyEdit

Solo releasesEdit

With BygonesEdit

  • by- CD/LP (August 4, 2009, Sargent House)
  • Spiritual Bankruptcy Digital (February 16, 2010, Sargent House)

With Death GripsEdit

 
Hill (right) and MC Ride performing as Death Grips.

Albums

Mixtapes

  • Exmilitary CD/LP/Cassette/Digital (April 25, 2011, Third Worlds)

EPs

With FlössinEdit

  • Lead Singer CD/LP (September 14, 2004, Ache)
  • Live at Overlap 01 Digital (February 18, 2006, Overlap)
  • Serpents Digital (February 10, 2009, Overlap)
  • White Anaconda and the Rainbow Boa Digital (December 25, 2011, Overlap)

With HellaEdit

Albums

EPs

  • Leather Diamond CD (2001, self-released)
  • Falam Dynasty 7" (September 10, 2002, 5 Rue Christine)
  • Bitches Ain't Shit but Good People CD/12" (June 17, 2003, Suicide Squeeze)
  • Total Bugs Bunny on Wild Bass CD/LP (August 12, 2003, Narnack)
  • Acoustics CD (May 2004, Toad)
  • Concentration Face & Homeboy CD+DVD-V (November 8, 2005, 5 Rue Christine)
  • Acoustics CD (September 12, 2006, 5 Rue Christine)
  • Santa's Little Hella 7" Flexi disc (November 1, 2013, Joyful Noise)

DVDs

  • Portals DVD-r (2008, self-released)

Split releases

  • with Dilute – Live Split 2CD (October 7, 2003, Sick Room)
  • with Four TetSplit Seven Inch 7" (March 30, 2004, Ache)

With Holy SmokesEdit

  • Masculine Drugs/Destroying Yourself Is Too Accessible Book+CD (September 21, 2004, Suicide Squeeze)
  • Talk to Your Kids About Gangs CD (September 12, 2006, Skin Graft)

With the I.L.Y'sEdit

With Marnie SternEdit

With Mick BarrEdit

  • Shred Earthship CD (May 9, 2006, 5 Rue Christine)
  • Volume 2 LP (March 12, 2007, Rock Is Hell)

With Omar Rodríguez-LópezEdit

El Grupo Nuevo de Omar Rodriguez LopezEdit

With Spoek MathamboEdit

With Team SleepEdit

Other bands and collaborationsEdit

Release details Release Artist Additional information
  • Released: 1999
  • Label: Para-Sight
  • Formats: CD
Lasers and Saviors Legs on Earth
  • Released: January 1, 2001
  • Label: Perishable
  • Formats: CD, LP
10 Songs Friend/Enemy
  • Released: June 25, 2002
  • Label: Omnibus
  • Formats: CD, LP
Crime in Choir Crime in Choir
Chapel of the Chimes Xiu Xiu
  • Released: November 4, 2003
  • Label: 5 Rue Christine
  • Formats: CD
Nervous Cop Nervous Cop
  • Released: November 18, 2003
  • Label: Jade Tree
  • Formats: CD
Maryland Mansions Cex
Apotheke Apotheke
  • Released: January 17, 2005
  • Label: Frenetic
  • Formats: 2CD
Thank Gods It's Friday/Louisiana Purchase Toughguy Fantasy/Arctic Boys
Howard Hello Howard Hello
  • Released: February 21, 2006
  • Label: Temporary Residence Limited
  • Formats: CD, LP
They Mean Us The Ladies
  • Released: October 24, 200
  • Label: Temporary Residence Limited
  • Formats: CD, LP
Distressed Damsel
  • Released: 2007
  • Label: self-released
  • Formats: CD-R
Flannel Graduate with No Age
  • Released: August 14, 2007
  • Label: self-released
  • Formats: CD-R
Greener Grassing Them Hills
  • Released: August 31, 2007
  • Label: self-released
  • Formats: Digital
"Untitled" with Ben Weinman
  • Released: 2008
  • Label: aRCHIVE
  • Formats: 2DVD
Mick Barr Mick Barr
  • Released: April 14, 2009
  • Label: Warp
  • Formats: CD/2LP
Everything She Touched Turned Ampexian Prefuse 73
  • Released: May 4, 2009
  • Label: Warp
  • Formats: CD
Ice Capped at Both Ends Diamond Watch Wrists
  • Released: October 20, 2009
  • Label: Porter
  • Formats: CD, LP
Aggressively Humble Chll Pll
  • Released: October 28, 2009
  • Label: Important
  • Formats: CD, LP
Non Meters Volume One Risil
  • Released: April 11, 2010
  • Label: Sundial
  • Formats: Digital
eclecticraft Aaron Molho
  • Released: June 15, 2010
  • Label: Porter
  • Formats: CD, LP
Who Do You Think You Aren't? with Robby Moncrieff
  • Released: October 10, 2010
  • Label: Life's Blood
  • Formats: 2x7"
Split Mason Lindahl/Ellie Fortune/Raleigh Moncrief/Zach Hill
  • Released: October 10, 2010
  • Label: Lex
  • Formats: 3LP+3CD
Unearthing Alan Moore & Mitch Jenkins
  • Released: February 7, 2011
  • Label: Joyful Noise
  • Formats: 2LP
Oh Brother Joan of Arc
  • Released: July 5, 2011
  • Label: self-released
  • Formats: Digital
Many Moods with Delicate Steve
  • Released: August 6, 2011
  • Label: Altered Beats
  • Formats: Digital
Initium Sol Invicto
  • Released: August 27, 2013
  • Label: Jackpot
  • Formats: LP
Drumgasm Weiss/Cameron/Hill
Dissociation The Dillinger Escape Plan additional drums on "Dissociation"[6]

Other appearancesEdit

  • Various Artists (Hella) – If the Twenty-First Century Didn't Exist It Would Be Necessary to Invent It CD (June 4, 2002, 5 Rue Christine)
  • Various Artists (Team Sleep) – The Matrix Reloaded (Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture) 2CD (May 5, 2003, Maverick/Warner Sunset)
  • Various Artists (Hella) – You've Got Your Orders – Volume One CD (June 6, 2003, Chrome Peeler)
  • Various Artists (Les Claypool) – Under the Influence: A Jam Band Tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd CD (September 14, 2004)
  • Various Artists (Hella) – Slaying Since 1996 2CD (July 5, 2006, Suicide Squeeze)
  • Various Artists (The Ladies) – Thankful CD (November 2, 2006, Temporary Residence Limited)
  • Various Artists (Diamond Watch Wrists) – Warp20 (Recreated) 2CD (September 28, 2009, Warp)
  • Various Artists – Revival Drum Comp Cassette (2010, Mississippi)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "ZODIAC DRUM KILLER Zach Hill on Blurt Online". Blurt-online.com. December 9, 2008. Retrieved October 18, 2011.
  2. ^ Mallonee, Laura (November 28, 2016). "Behind the Scenes With the Best Drummers in the World". Wired. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  3. ^ "April 2006". Foolsfoundation.org. Archived from the original on July 26, 2011. Retrieved October 18, 2011.
  4. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=susTeQpgR9k
  5. ^ Pelly, Jenn (May 10, 2013). "Death Grips to Soundtrack Feature Film Directed and Written by Zach Hill, Working on New Album". Pitchfork. Retrieved May 10, 2013.
  6. ^ "Dissociation, by Dillinger Escape Plan". Dillinger Escape Plan. Retrieved December 26, 2016.

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