Drummer, Artist Relations
Companies: DW, Zildjian
BornDecember 18, 1960 , John DeChristopher grew up in Melrose, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston, and received his first drum set for his 12th birthday. By age 14, his high school rock band was playing regularly throughout the Boston area. After high school, he began working for Wurlitzer Music in Boston, later becoming Drum Department Manager, while continuing to play professionally throughout New England and making invaluable connections in the music industry.
In 1985, at the height of the electronic drum market, John relocated to Los Angeles to work for Simmons Drums. There he developed longstanding relationships with many of LA’s top drummers and began to transition from professional drummer to the business side of the drum industry. In 1986, he was recruited by Drum Workshop as Sales & Artist Relations Manager for the launch of DW Drums and remained in Los Angeles until late 1988, when he relocated back to his native Boston.
Having firmly established himself in the drum industry, in May 1989 John accepted the position of Artist Relations Manager for the Avedis Zildjian Company, being hand-picked by Armand Zildjian himself. During his long and productive career at Zildjian, he reached the position of Vice President, Artist Relations & Event Marketing Worldwide and enjoyed numerous achievements during his 24 year tenure. His role at Zildjian touched many areas of the company’s business including product development, marketing, advertising and education. Most notably, as head of Artist Relations at Zildjian, John developed close relationships and worked alongside the world’s most iconic drummers, and signed many artists who have since gone on to become drumming superstars.
Throughout his 30 year career in the drum industry, John has served as President of the Percussion Marketing Council (PMC), has been the recipient of the Percussive Arts Society (PAS) President’s Industry Award and currently sits on the Board Of Directors for Drummers Collective in New York.
John resides in Scituate, Massachusetts with his wife (daughter of Vic Firth), and is currently a consultant and artist representative.
Current Drumstick Count in Collection: 2.