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Athos Costa
Athos Costa
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Artist Biography

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  • Band/Affiliation: Lady Xepa / ZERO
  • Country: Brazil

I am a typical example of a drummer who started as a young child playing with wooden spoon and pots. I started taking lessons when I was 9 years old. In the 70s I had studied at CLAM and in 1982 I went to Berklee College of Music. More recently I studied with my dear friend and colleague in the Zildjian family Ze' Eduardo Nazario. I always liked studying!

I started my career at late 70s, playing in jazz and rock nightclubs in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Since then I have done almost everything. I played in theaters, nightclubs, bar mitzvah, workshops, weddings, parties, events, stadiums, outdoor, indoor, everywhere. I recorded jingles, soundtracks and a few albums such as "Flerte Fatal" by the Brazilian rock icon Rita Lee and "Mississippi Saxophone" by Bruce Ewan.

In the 80s I was a member of the band Tan-Tan Club which had signed with Barclay and CBS (now Sony BMG-Ariola). With the band ZERO I got a golden record with the album "Passos No Escuro" released by EMI-ODEON.

In the 90s I joined the blues guitar trio of Andre Cristovam. I signed my contract with Zildjian in 1993, a week later I had took Bob Wiczling to one of my gigs. At that time English Bob was the Zildjian artist's relation and he was in Brazil to do a workshop with Kenny Aronoff. In 1995 I had the eternal honor of opening the first ever Zildjian Day Brazil.

At the turn of the century I stopped playing drums. After more than 20 years as a professional musician I had no more pleasure playing drums. It was a pity that I had to stop, but in the other hand it was good because doing so I could easily understand how music is important to me. Now that I'm back on the road I'm doing the same things I did before, just playing wherever possible. I'm also using my experience on the field to work as a drum-tech.

By the end of 2009 I will release "In Your face", the first album by my power trio Lady Xepa and I'm also planning the comeback of the band ZERO. I'm back!!!

I am fortunate to be sponsored by Zildjian since 1993, but I like to think that I belong to the Zildjian family for more than 40 years. For me Zildjian is synonymous of cymbals. What more can I say...thank you Zildjian!

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