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Jay Ziskrout (born September 8, 1962) was the first drummer for Bad Religion, forming the group with schoolmate Brett Gurewitz in 1979 when he was 17 years old. Ziskrout performed on Bad Religion's self-titled EP and eight tracks on their debut full-length album How Could Hell Be Any Worse?. He decided to leave the band with only half of the songs recorded due to a misunderstanding regarding the band's new press photos. Bad Religion replaced him with his drum roadie, Pete Finestone.
Shortly after leaving the band, Ziskrout moved from Los Angeles to New York, where he worked for many years with Clive Davis as Vice President of Album Promotion for Arista Records. Later he returned to his punk roots by joining Epitaph Records in Amsterdam, where he served as Managing Director of Epitaph Europe/International working to break such artists as The Offspring and Rancid. After Epitaph Records, Jay returned to New York to launch two Latin Alternative music businesses, Grita! Records and LatinoVision.com. From 2001-2005, he served as COO of The CMJ Network where he led a turnaround effort and a return to profitability.
Jay currently works as Founder and CEO of Dympol, a technology start-up focusing on the convergence of entertainment, social, performance, and cause marketing. The company's core product, Charitable Checkout, is a free cause-marketing service that enables celebrities to partner with their fans and brand sponsors to raise money for their preferred charities. When fans give to celebrity-endorsed causes, they get brand-sponsored discounts and are publicly thanked by their heroes in social media.
- According to the booklet of the Live at the Palladium, Bad Religion formed in 1979 in Woodland Hills.
- Den, Tim, Bad Religion "The Empire Strikes First", retrieved 2013-08-06