Basic Background Info

Birth: Unknown
Location: Nevada City, Calfornia
Band: Death Grips, Hella, Team Sleep
Genres: Rock, Experimental
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician, Artist


Young musician Zach Hill is a completely self-taught drummer who currently performs with several West Coast bands including Hella, Holy Smokes, Nervous Cop, Team Sleep, Goon Moon, and The Ladies.

Best known for his impressive footwork with his drum set, Zach Hill only incorporates one bass drum and a single bass drum pedal to create complex and detailed beats. Zach Hill's drum kit is also unique because he frequently employs unconventional cymbals. Occasionally, he even uses a stack of broken cymbals to illicit harsh sounds. Zach Hill also uses a custom made cymbal that replicates a cymbal that has been badly warped. Through years of playing, Zach has developed complex time signatures by feeling a beat rather than learning it intellectually.

Zach Hill and guitarist Spencer Seim created the duo Hella in 2001. The music was technical math-rock combined with noise and experimental rock with a strong Nintendo influence. Over the course of a few years, Hella grew to include vocals, rhythm guitar, synthesizer, and bass guitar. Hella’s live performances are consistent duplicates of each other, but the band experiments extensively inside the recording studio.

In addition to his career as a musician, Zach Hill is also a visual artist. Zach Hill is an avid photographer and often contributes art work to album covers. Zach has even designed t-shirts and promotional posters for both Hella and Team Sleep.

In addition to Hella and Team Sleep, Zack performs with Tough Guy Fantasy/Arctic Boys, Flossin, Crime in Choir, Friend/Enemy, Howard Hello, and Mick Barr.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
2002 Crime in Choir Crime in Choir
2002 Hold Your Horse Is Hella
2003 Bitches Ain't Shit But Good People Hella
2003 Maryland Mansions Cex
2003 Nervous Cop Nervous Cop
2003 Total Bugs Bunny on Wild Bass Hella
2004 Devil Isn't Red Hella
2004 Under the Influence: A Jam Band Tribute to Lynyrd Sky Various Artists
2005 Church Gone Wild/Chirpin' Hard Hella
2005 Howard Hello EP Howard Hello
2005 I Got a Brand New Egg Layin' Machine Goon Moon
2005 Team Sleep Team Sleep
2006 Acoustics Hella
2006 Distressed Damsel
2006 Power Up! Mutations and Mutilations of 8-Bit Hits Various Artists
2006 Shred Earthship Zach Hill
2006 Talk to Your Kids About Gangs Holy Smokes
2006 Thank Gods Its Friday Toughguy Fantasy
2006 They Mean Us The Ladies
2007 Family Album Various Artists
2007 In Advance of the Broken Arm Marnie Stern
2007 Licker's Last Leg Goon Moon
2007 There's No 666 in Outer Space Hella
2008 This Is It and You Are It and I Am It and So Is That and He Is It and She I Marnie Stern
2008 Non Meters Vol. 1  Risil
2008 Astrological Straights Zach Hill
2009 Ice Capped at Both Ends Diamond Watched Wrists
2009 Everything She Touched Turned Ampexian Prefuse 73
2009 Cryptomnesia El Grupo Nuevo de Omar Rodriguez Lopez
2009 By The Bygones
2009 Agressively Humble Chll Pll
2010 Who Do You Think You Arn't Robby Moncrieff
2010 Unearthing Mitch Jenkins
2010 Spiritual Bankruptcy The Bygones
2010 Marnie Stern Marnie Stern
2010 Face Tat Zach Hill
2011 Tripper Hella
2011 Oh Brother Joan of Arc
2012 The Money Store Death Grips
2012 Father Creeper Spoek Mathambo
2013 Drumgasm Zach Hill


  • Zach is a notoriously hard-hitter and is very tough on his drum kit. Between the speed and sheer power of his playing, he often breaks lug casings and bends the hoops of his drums.

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Tama
Cymbals: Paiste
Hardware: Tama
Heads: Remo
Sticks: Pro-Mark

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