Paiste Artist Since
„For me, Paiste Cymbals has always represented excellence and achievement. Many of the teachers and players that left a lasting impression on me while coming up played Paiste. Their cymbals have become a part of my sound.“
Jason Hirt is a Minnesota-based session and touring drummer. Jason’s musical journey started at the age of six, when he began studying under nationally-renown jazz drummer Gene Piccolo. Throughout his teenage years, Jason studied with Minneapolis-based drummer Ben Johnston. It was during this time in Jason’s studies that his interest in drumming grew, and it quickly became his life’s passion. Jason went on to attend McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, Minnesota, studying percussion. While at McNally Smith, Jason studied under many of the Twin Cities’ best working drummers. Including Gordy Knudtson (Steve Miller Band), Dave Stanoch (Author of the 2009 Modern Drummer Reader’s Poll winning book “Mastering the Tables of Time”), Dave Schmalenberger, and Paul Stueber. Since the age of 14, Jason has been performing with various groups throughout the Minnesota and Mid-West music scene. His list of credits includes performing on gigs and recordings with Progressive Rock group Conduit, Post-Hardcore five piece The Following, and Pop-Rock outfit City of the Weak. Jason Hirt has also enjoyed international success as the drummer of Black Metal band Ghost Bath (Nuclear Blast Entertainment). Jason spent time touring extensively with the band in 2016. He also performed on Ghost Bath’s highly anticipated full-length release ‘Starmourner’. On March 19th, 2017, the song ‘Ambrosial’ from the album ‘Starmourner’ premiered on BBC Radio 1. This premiere marked Jason’s international radio performance debut. At the end of 2016, Jason Hirt partnered with songwriters Ryan Menghini, and Brandon Buttner as drummer of the Los Angeles-based indie rock group Hartwick Pines. Jason has worked on sessions with many world-class producers and engineers, including Craig Owens (Chiodos, D.R.U.G.S., Isles and Glaciers), Jordan DiSorbo (Before Their Eyes), Josh Schroeder (King 810, The Color Morale, For Today) and Brandon Buttner (Justin Timberlake, Leona Lewis, Usher). Jason Hirt proudly endorses Paiste Cymbals, and SJC Custom Drums.
Sizes: 18", 19", 20", 22", 24", 26"
Sound character: Deep, dark, rich, brilliant, warm. Wide range, fairly complex mix. Even, balanced, very responsive feel. Pearly, wooden ping over a wide, deep, full wash. Big, swelling crash sound. Strong, articulate embedded bell. An ultimate classic sound, developed in 1967 during one of popular music's most revolutionary eras.
Sizes: 18", 22"
Sound character: Dark, warm, strong, exotic, sizzling, earthy. Wide range, slightly complex and dense mix. Fairly soft, responsive feel. Great for explosive, strong, dark accents. Complex, washy ride sound. A modern China cymbal with a wide spectrum for various musical applications. “The China is nearly smooth”, states Vinnie Colaiuta.
Sizes: 13", 14", 15", 17"
Sound character: Medium bright, full, warm, brilliant. Wide range, fairly complex mix. Fast, responsive feel. Full, bright, energetic open sound. Sharp, full chick sound. The original, once patented, wavy bottom hi-hat design. The 17" version adds extraordinary boost, low end and crisp projection.