Stix Zadinia

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Stix Zadinia
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Stix Zadinia at Nova Rock Festival 2014
Background information
Birth nameDarren Leader
BornLos Angeles, CA, United States
OriginLos Angeles, California, United States
GenresHeavy metal, glam metal
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsDrums, percussion, keyboard, piano, guitar, vocals
Years active1997–present
LabelsUniversal Republic
Associated actsSteel Panther, The Thornbirds

Darren Leader, better known by his stage name Stix Zadinia, is an American drummer. He is best known as the drummer for the glam metal band Steel Panther (formerly known as Metal Skool).[1]

Zadinia was a member of a band called The Thornbirds with Russ Parrish (better known by his stage name Satchel), the guitarist for Steel Panther, Jeff Duncan, a former member of rock-metal supergroups Odin, Armored Saint, and DC4, and bassist Dean Cameron.

His stage name, Stix Zadinia, is meant to sound like the phrase "sticks it in you".


For his equipment, Zadinia plays DW drums, frequently alternating between a one and two bass drum setup. He also endorses Sabian (formerly Zildjian) cymbals, Remo (formerly Evans) drumheads, and Vic Firth drumsticks.

Drums: DW Collectors maple series (all drums in custom blue and black tiger stripe finish):

  • 22"x18" bass drum (will use a second one on occasion)
  • 13"x9" rack tom (will use a second one, a 14"x9", on occasion)
  • 16"x16" floor tom
  • 18"x16" floor tom
  • 14"x7" black nickel over knurled steel snare

Cymbals: Sabian

  • 14" AAX X-Celerator hi-hats
  • 9" HH radia cup chime
  • 18" AAX X-plosion crash
  • 19" AAX X-plosion crash
  • 19" HHX X-plosion crash
  • 20" Paragon crash
  • 22" HH power bell ride
  • 21" AA holy china


  1. ^ "Biography: Steel Panther". AMG. Retrieved May 17, 2010.