RAY LUZIER

RAY LUZIER

 

Basic Background Info

 
Birth: 1970
Location: West Newton, Pennsylvania
Band: Army of Anyone, Korn, Nine Point Zero, Darren Housholder, Tony Fredianelli, Toby Knapp, Concrete Foundations, Ivory Tower, Medicine Wheel, Howling Iguanas, Jake E. Lee, Freak Power Ticket, David Lee Roth, Mike Hartman, Tracy G., Zac Maloy Band, Honky Mofo, The Hideous Sun Demons, Marc Ferrari, Billy Sheehan, B.K. Diaz, Goaded, Brian Young, Doug Aldrich, Driven, Edgar Winter, George Lynch, James LoMenzo, Michael Lee Firkins, Rafael Moreira, Ricky Wolking, Scott Bush, Seal, Sean Dailey, Slash, The Boston Pops Orchestra, The Nixons, Todd Jensen, Toshi Hiketa, Wicked Alliance, Zakk Wylde
Genres: Rock, Metal
Instruments: Drums, Guitar, Bass
Occupation: Musician, Instructor
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Biography

 
 

Ray Luzier (pronounced lose-ear) approaches music intellectually and works to effectively convey even the minutest detail to his students. This intellectual "rock head" was asked to develop a rock curriculum for the Percussion Institute of Technology at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California, and then taught that curriculum to aspiring drummers for nine years. That's a long way from a 110-acre farm outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Ray Luzier was born to two very supportive parents in small-town West Newton in 1970. A few piano lessons at age four evolved into drumming at five and his first drum set as a seventh-birthday gift. Ray Luzier taught himself to play following along with records from Rush, AC/DC, Ozzy Osbourne, Van Halen, Led Zeppelin, Kiss, and Deep Purple. In high school, Ray Luzier joined the symphonic, marching, jazz, and concert bands. At fifteen, Ray Luzier joined a rock band and started playing gigs around Pittsburgh. He said, "After my first gig, I knew I wanted to be a professional musician for the rest of my life."

Ray Luzier moved to Hollywood, California, and enrolled in the Percussion Institute of Technology at the Musicians Institute, often drumming for eight hours a day. His instructors Ralph Humphrey, Joe Porcaro, Toss Panos, Richie Garcia, and Tim Pedersen encouraged him to master multiple playing styles, such as Latin, jazz, funk, and hand percussion, as well as sight-reading.

Shortly after arriving in Hollywood, Ray Luzier joined guitarist Craig Small's band 9.0. Shrapnel Records signed the band and they recorded their first CD. Ray continued to record under the Shrapnel Records label with many other bands. A couple years after graduating from the Musicians Institute program, the Percussion Institute of Technology asked him to develop and instruct a rock curriculum. Ray Luzier taught there for nine years, eventually becoming the expert in rock, double bass, and progressive styles. Ray Luzier's teaching emphasized the importance of professionalism to his students - a lesson he also learned from a teacher. Ray Luzier recommended versatility to his students and encouraged them to play with various musicians and to always be over-prepared, whether for a performance or an audition.

In 1994, Ray Luzier went on tour with Jake E. Lee on his 'first big official tour.' Two years later, he joined Perfect World Entertainment, a talent company providing musical entertainment, and he played five times a week and perfected his skill playing to a click track.

After a recording session with David Lee Roth in 1997, Ray joined the David Lee Roth band on tour. They toured for eight years and recorded two albums, performing with the Boston Pops Orchestra and Sammy Hagar. Ray Luzier claimed, "Diamond Dave is, by far, one of the greatest frontmen that ever lived!"

After touring, Ray Luzier, James LoMenzo, and Toshi Hiketa (all DLR band members) formed the instrumental group Hideous Sun Demons.

Expanding his earlier teaching skills and utilizing years of tour experiences, Ray Luzier released an instructional DVD in 2004. The DVD and accompanying book include lessons on double bass, warm-ups, four-way independence exercises, drum fills, and motion exercises. Ray Luzier carefully broke down every point to maximize comprehension. Bill Sheehan and Toshi Hiketa appear in video instructions with Ray and they frequently teach clinics together at music schools and shops.

While performing at the NAMM Show in 2005, Ray Luzier met Robert and Dean DeLeo of Stone Temple Pilots and a few months later, joined by Richard Patrick from Filter, they created Army of Anyone. Ray Luzier now prides himself in his devotion to Army of Anyone.

Most recently, Korn's Jonathan Davis admired Ray Luzier's work with Army of Anyone and Ray began touring with Korn in January 2008. 

Ray Luzier once said, "My plan was to do a little bit of everything. I wanted to play on other people's records, to be a live entertainer, to be an educator, AND I wanted to be a bandmember. I wanted to do it all." Before reaching 40, it looks like he has.
 
 

Discography

 
 
Album Year Album Name Album Band
1990 Too Far Gone Nine Point Zero
1992 Darren Housholder Darren Housholder
1993 Breakneck Speed Tony Fredianelli
1993 Guitar Distortion Toby Knapp
1993 Forum Compilation Concrete Foundations
1993 Generator Man Darren Housholder
1993 Compilation Shrapnel Guitar Greats
1993 TJ Martell Foundation Benefit Ivory Tower
1994 Hard Rock Magazine Compilation Medicine Wheel
1994 First Things First Medicine Wheel
1994 Metal Edge Compilation Best of LA
1994 Howling Iguanas Howling Iguanas
1995 Symphonic Aggression Darren Housholder
1996 Jeffology With Jake E. Lee
1998 Slam Dunk (single) David Lee Roth
1998 Freak Power Ticket Freak Power Ticket
1998 Small Talk Medicine Wheel
1998 DLR Band David Lee Roth
1998 Immoral Fabric Medicine Wheel
1999 Black Glue Mike Hartman
1999 Driven Tracy G.
2001 Rock Hard Compilation Freak Power Ticket
2001 Jason Becker Tribute Jason Becker Tribute
2001 Zac Maloy Band Zac Maloy Band
2001 Life Zac Maloy
2001 Warmth in the Wilderness: A Tribute to Jason Becker Various Artists
2001 Katt Gutt Tracy G.
2002 Deviating from the Setlist Tracy G.
2002 Honky Mofo Honky Mofo (featuring Ricky Wolking)
2003 Diamond Dave David Lee Roth
2000 Driven 4 Song (promo) Tracy G.
2004 Hideous Sun Demons The Hideous Sun Demons
2004 Lights, Camera, Action Marc Ferrari
2005 Cosmic Troubadour Billy Sheehan
2005 Pursuit of Happiness B.K. Diaz
2005 Goaded Goaded
2006 Army of Anyone Army of Anyone
2006 Erector Pill The Tracy G. Group
2007 Strum Sum Up Dug Pinnick
2007 To Die Is Gain Goaded
2008 Nightmare Revisited Korn
2008 To Die Is Gain Goaded
2008 The Genetic Opera Soundtrack Repo
2008 We Wish You a Metal Christmas Various Artists
2008 Holy Cow Billy Sheehan
2010 Korn III: Remember Who You Are Korn
2011 The Path of Totality Korn
2012 The Path of Totality Tour- Live at the Hollwood Palladium Korn
 

Noise

 
 
  • Ray plays a little guitar and bass, mostly to help him write music.
  • He likes to ride motorbikes, "kinda chill out, go to beaches and stuff... just get away and look at the earth."
  • Ray also played basketball for nine years.
  • And he is a self titled "sweet freak" and loves Snickers bars and Skittles.
 

Instruments of Choice

 
 

Drums

Drums: Orange County Drum & Percussion
Cymbals: Sabian
Hardware: Drum Workshop
Heads: Remo
Electronics: Roland
Percussion: Latin Percussion
Sticks: Pro-Mark
 
 

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