Oliver Zisko: With flaming drumstick…..

Oliver Zisko - ?

As a music journalist, I get to know new people in the music industry nearly every day. Today I met Oliver Zidko who is a 43 year old Hungarian drummer. In addition to be a skilled musician and composer, he is obviously a nice and polite man. On his forthcoming album many great musicians participate. Derek Sherinian (from Dream Theater, Alice Cooper, Kiss, Joe Bonamassa) or Anthony Crawford (Allan Holdsworth’s, Justin Timberlake’s and Virgil Donati band’s bassist). Zisko have been working on a special album since last year. Further in the article we let Zisko state about the new album and the songs. Ghost Notes in original version,this is more an electronic song with acoustic drums.

Oliver Zisko,

Ghost Notes band version,

The band version of Ghost Notes has been running on Basstheworld Youtube channel for a while now and has now been uploaded to my own channel along with the original version of the song. So two clips of a song’s two mixes.

We made the band version together with amazing featuring musicians: Anthony Crawford plays bass (Los Angeles), who may be familiar from the Virgil Donati band, Allan Holdsworth’s band, or Witherfall..

The guitar is played by my great, talented friend Marius Pop, who is from Bucharest. He featured also on my previous album “The Wondrous Stag”. I really like his sparkling guitar playing

Zisko have played together with several popular Hungarian singers and musicians and his drumming can be heard on a lot of albums. He was the writer of the Hungarian Musician magazine’s Drum section for 2 years. The track Rise And Fall was the first song shared.

Zisko created two drum teaching materials. The first was a score book in 2006. The other was a DVD in 2009. He worked out a new idea where he uses flaming drumsticks – burning at both ends! In this article there are featured 4 videos and Zisko tell me that there are five more to come! Carnival Of Abundance featuring Mike Gotthard & Peter Erdei,

Carnival Of Abundance is a modern, fusion – d’n’b song with some prog-rock parts. The special feature of the recording is that the drum, bass and guitar were recorded at the same time and the take was filmed. The sound was made without editing, so what you see and hear on the clip exactly that happened in reality. Mike Gotthard playing guitar and Peter Erdei playing bass on this video. The guys did a very good job. They will be featuring in further tracks of the album. The video – like all the clips being made – was recorded and edited by Tamás Tóth (Eyeline Film). Audio mix and master: Scheer “Max” Viktor.

“We have been working on a special album since last year. Before the release, I’ll be appearing with several singles, some of them we filmed last year. Rise And Fall was the first song shared. The concept of the record will be a combination of instrumental, jazz-fusion & electronic music from a musical point of view. 8 songs’ mixes are ready of the 12. All songs are my own compositions. I have created different improvisational models, schemes inspired by the rhythms of modern electronic music, and the harmonies are built on different models of each song. Thanks to the nearly 10 “kick-ass” musicians who are participating in the making of this record: there are quality guitar, bass and keyboard solos either.

Every song will have its own message. The concept from the “message” point of view will be basically about twenty-first century’s phenomenas, which can be seen in the film running in the background of the stage. Because of the pandemic, people now have even more time or need to reevaluate things. I just toss up a topic from the age we live in and leave it to the audience what it associates with.

Other instrumentalists:

Peter Papesch and Martin Gudics bass guitarists, Zsolt Kaltenecker on keyboard instruments and recently the list of contributors of the album has been expanded with another keyboardist: the great Derek Sherinian (Alice Cooper, Kiss, Dream Theater, PlanetX, Sons Of Apollo, Joe Bonamassa, but I probably don’t have to introduce Him). We’re working on the song Travelin together with him , Anthony Crawford and Marius Pop right now.

The album is scheduled to come out next year if no other global phenomenon intervenes. In the meantime, we are working on the release of further singles as well as the stage performance of the album. Marius Pop and Pete Papesch will be members of the live performances, and in some concerts I would like to invite a few of the album’s guest musicians.

An interesting information regarding the upcoming clips that we shot one of the most exciting ones in the volcanic chimney of the Ság hill. Exactly the place where the Hollywood movie “Eragon” was made. There will be flaming drumstick trick ideas in the mentioned videoclip.


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Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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