When it comes to gear, Jerusalem-born/Nashville-based session drummer Nir Zidkyahu, whose ultra-precise, intense pocket can be heard on hit records by pop/rock great John Mayer, alt-rock legend Chris Cornell, and modern country superstar Blake Shelton, isn’t too particular, as long as he has a sturdy seat. “The older I get, the more I care that the drum stool is comfortable,” he says. ”I’ve been using the Porter & Davies [BC2] throne. It’s a great monitor system, and I think it makes you play better.”

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