Zac Farro

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Zac Farro
Farro in 2017
Farro in 2017
Background information
Birth nameZachary Wayne Farro
Born (1990-06-04) June 4, 1990 (age 30)
Voorhees Township, New Jersey, U.S.
  • Musician
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • mult-instrumentalist[6]
  • Drums
  • percussion
  • guitar
  • bass
  • piano
  • keyboards
  • vocals
Years active2004–present
Associated acts

Zachary Wayne Farro (born June 4, 1990)[7] is an American musician, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He is the drummer for the rock band Paramore. He is also the younger brother of Josh Farro, who is Paramore's former lead guitarist and backing vocalist. After he and his brother exited Paramore in 2010, Josh formed a band named Novel American, which Farro was also a part of. Farro is currently the sole member of the band HalfNoise. Farro rejoined Paramore on February 2, 2017.[8]

Early life[edit]

Farro was born in Voorhees Township, New Jersey.[9] Farro is the middle child of five siblings (Nate, Joshua, himself, Jonathan, and Isabelle) and is of Italian descent. Farro began playing drums at around the age of nine, and he was eleven years old when he played his first drum kit.


Paramore (2004–2010, 2017–present)[edit]

Farro in 2009.

Farro, at age 14, was a founding member of Paramore, created in Franklin, Tennessee in 2004. The lineup included Hayley Williams (lead vocals/keyboards), Farro (drums), his older brother Josh Farro (lead guitar and backing vocals), and Jeremy Davis (bass guitar). Jeremy Davis admitted he was initially unsure if the band could be taken seriously because of Zac's young age until he saw him play.[10] The band released three studio albums, All We Know Is Falling, Riot! and Brand New Eyes, as well as two live albums and one EP. Brand New Eyes, their third album, was released on September 29, 2009. In June 2009, the band welcomed Taylor York (rhythm guitar), a long time friend of the Farros' and who previously played with them as a touring member. On December 18, 2010 the band's website announced the Farros' amicable departure. On December 21, 2010, Josh Farro released an official exit statement for himself and his brother, refuting the band's previous story.[11]

On June 8, 2016, Paramore posted a short video of themselves, with Farro, in a studio to their social media.[12] This was preceded by a number of images which all included both Farro and producer of the upcoming Paramore album Justin Meldal-Johnsen,[13] leading fans and various media outlets to speculate the return of Farro.[14] Farro later clarified that he was only recording drums for the album and that he had not rejoined the band as a full member.[15] On August 12, in a podcast for Billboard, he commented that the most important thing to him was to reignite his friendship with the band and that being in the studio together "felt like [Farro and Paramore] haven't skipped a beat."[16] Despite initially mentioning that he was only participating in the recording of their fifth album, it was confirmed on February 2, 2017 that Farro was back as the official drummer in the band.[17]

He has also performed the songs 'Scooby's in the Back', 'French Class', and 'All That Love Is' by his band HalfNoise at various Paramore gigs with Hayley doing back up vocals.

HalfNoise (2010–present)[edit]

Two days after his departure from Paramore, Zac took part in a new project band called "Tunnel", releasing a new song called "Hide Your Eyes". The duo then renamed themselves "HalfNoise" due to other bands being named "Tunnel".[18] The band featured Farro (drums, vocals) and Jason Clark (guitar, vocals).[19][20]

HalfNoise released its first single Mountain May 29, 2014. Farro also announced an album, Volcano Crowe, released on September 30, 2014.[21]

Farro in 2015.

HalfNoise released the single "Know The Feeling" on June 9, 2016 and later released a music video for the single June 23, 2016 directed by Aaron Joseph.[22]

Novel American (2011–2014)[edit]

Josh Farro founded the band Novel American with former Cecil Adora members Van Beasley, Ryan Clark and Tyler Ward briefly after his departure from Paramore[23][24] and the group announced plans to record an EP as well as play local venues in the near future.[25]

On February 22, 2011, the band announced Zac Farro would replace Tyler Ward on drums.[25]

On May 23, 2014, Novel American was scrapped because the band could not find a suitable lead vocalist.[26]

Musical influences[edit]

Farro has stated that some of his influences include:Jimmy Eat World, Radiohead, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Death Cab for Cutie, Mew, Paper Route, Sigur Ros, Thrice, Sunny Day Real Estate, Dave Grohl and Múm.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Farro currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee.[5]


With Paramore[edit]

With HalfNoise[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • Volcano Crowe (2014)
  • Sudden Feeling (2016)
  • Natural Disguise (2019)

Extended plays[edit]

  • HalfNoise (2012)
  • The Velvet Face EP (2017)
  • Flowerss (2018)


  • "Free the House" (2012)
  • "Mountain" (2014)
  • "Hurricane Love" (2014)
  • "Inside" (2015)
  • "Know the Feeling" (2016)
  • "In the Summer" (2016)
  • "Sudden Feeling" (2016)
  • "French Class" (2017)
  • "Scooby's in the Back" (2017)
  • "Flowerss" (2018)
  • "All That Love Is" (2018)


  • "Don't Lie to Me" (2010)
  • "Hide Your Eyes" (2010)
  • "Erase Me" (2011)


Zac is endorsed by Gretsch Drums, Pro-Mark sticks, Zildjian cymbals and Remo drum heads. He had two Gretsch USA Custom drum kits, one with a Black Marine Nitron Wrap and the other with a Vintage Champagne Sparkle Wrap, which was used for tours in Europe.[28] Until 2010, he was an endorser of Truth Custom Drums and Meinl cymbals.

Drum kit setup (2010)

Drums: Gretsch USA Custom

  • 24"x14 Bass Drum
  • 13"x9 Tom
  • 16"x16 Floor Tom
  • 18"x16 Floor Tom
  • 14"x6.5 Snare (Alternated between 'Hammered Chrome Over Brass' and 'Chrome Over Brass')

Cymbals: Zildjian

  • 15" K Light Hi Hat Top and 15" A New Beat Bottom
  • 21" A Sweet Ride
  • 22" K Ride
  • 22" K Dark Medium Ride

Drum heads: Remo

  • Emperor Coated
  • Emperor X Coated
  • Powerstroke 3 Clear


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  2. ^ Sharp, Tyler (July 26, 2015). "Paramore's debut album, 'All We Know Is Falling,' turns 10". Alternative Press. Retrieved August 7, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Leahey, Andrew. "Paramore Bio". AllMusic. Retrieved July 5, 2017.
  4. ^ "HALFNOISE - "Know the Feeling" (Stereogum Premiere)". Stereogum.
  5. ^ a b Paulson, Dave. "Interview: Zac Farro on Halfnoise & Paramore's new album". tennessean. Retrieved July 5, 2017.
  6. ^ a b "=HalfNoise's Bio". Retrieved July 5, 2017.
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  8. ^ "Rejoice, Paramore Fans: Drummer Zac Farro Is Back in the Band". Billboard.
  9. ^ Condran, Ed. "Paramore movin' up, just not movin' out", Bucks County Courier Times, February 25, 2006. Accessed March 17, 2011. "The Farro brothers who were born in Voorhees NJ met Williams four years ago."
  10. ^ Josh Farro; Bob Krenchaw; Jeremy Davis (July 14, 2007). "Interview With Paramore" (Interview). Interviewed by cathyreay. Retrieved August 17, 2007.
  11. ^ Bhamra, Satvir (December 22, 2010). "Josh and Zac Farro post statement". Josh Farro. Archived from the original on January 19, 2016. Retrieved March 24, 2014.
  12. ^ "Instagram video by Paramore • Jun 8, 2016 at 10:29pm UTC". Instagram. Retrieved June 14, 2016.
  13. ^ "Paramore (@paramore) • Instagram photos and videos". Retrieved June 14, 2016.
  14. ^ "What are Paramore do".
  15. ^ "Zac Farro Confirms He's On The New Paramore Album - News - Rock Sound Magazine". Retrieved December 19, 2016.
  16. ^ "Zac Farro On Paramore: "I'm So Thankful That I'm Playing On The Album" - News - Rock Sound Magazine". Retrieved December 19, 2016.
  17. ^ Payne, Chris (February 2, 2017). "Rejoice, Paramore Fans: Drummer Zac Farro Is Back in the Band". Billboard. Retrieved February 3, 2017.
  18. ^ "tunnelmusic's sounds on SoundCloud - Create, record and share your sounds for free". December 9, 2010. Retrieved March 27, 2011.
  19. ^ "tunnelmusic's sounds on SoundCloud - Create, record and share your sounds for free". December 9, 2010. Retrieved March 27, 2011.
  20. ^ "Listen to a song from the new band of Zac Farro - News - Alternative Press". Retrieved December 19, 2016.
  21. ^ "Hayley Williams Speaks Up About Ex-Paramore Drummer's New Video". mtv.
  22. ^ Howard, Katelyn (September 9, 2016). "[Album Review] Halfnoise – 'Sudden Feeling'". thedailylistening. Retrieved July 5, 2017.
  23. ^ Montgomery, James (December 18, 2010). "Paramore Confirm Farro Brothers Have Left Band". MTV. Retrieved February 3, 2011.
  24. ^ Leahey, Andrew. "Paramore Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved February 3, 2011.
  25. ^ a b "Ex-Paramore members Zac and Josh Farro joins forces for new band". NME. February 22, 2011. Retrieved February 22, 2011.
  26. ^ "TwitLonger — When you talk too much for Twitter".
  27. ^ "Zac Farro Credits". AllMusic.
  28. ^ "Zac Farro Equipboard". Equipboard.

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