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Zachary "Zac" Wayne Farro, born June 4th, 1990 (age 31) was the first and current drummer for the neutral-genre band, Paramore, to which he is also one of the founding members of.

Early life

Zac was born on June 4, 1990 in Voorhees, New Jersey. Farro co-founded the band in 2004. He is the middle child of five children (Nate, Joshua, himself, Jonathan, and Isabelle). He started playing drums when he got drum lessons for his birthday at the age of nine and got his first drum set at the age of eleven.

He would mostly rehearse with his brother every day after school and on weekends.

Zac has a house in Los Angeles, California, but currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee.

Paramore

Joining the band at the age of 12, Zac was its youngest member. He along with his older brother Josh Farro, were part of Paramore's original lineup along with Hayley Williams and Jeremy Davis, with Jeremy being unsure if anybody would take the band seriously due to Farro's young age, until he saw him play.

He and Josh left the band in mid-December 2010. He remained relatively silent, with just Josh commenting on their split from Paramore.

Career Outside of Paramore

After his departure from Paramore, Zac had started a new band named HalfNoise, along with friend Jason Clark. Jason was originally a member of the garage band that Josh Farro, Taylor York, and Zac had started before all three members joined Paramore.

He is currently the sole member of the Indie rock musical project HalfNoise since 2010, which was originally a duo with Jason Clark but the same departed in 2012.

He was also in another band named Novel American along with his brother Josh, he replaced the band's former drummer Tyler Ward after his departure in 2011. The band split in 2014 due to not being able to find a suitable vocalist. He also recorded drums for Josh's debut album.

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Zac, alongside a fellow artist, runs an indie record label called Congrats. The label is based in Nashville and supports local artists. They wanted an old-school "feel-good" direction and loved the idea of a classic handshake to represent "congratulations" to any artist releasing some music. 

Zac is a director and a photographer. He co-directed the 'Told You So' music video with Aaron Joseph and directed the 'Fake Happy' music video. He also directed/co-directed various HalfNoise's music videos and some others, including for Hayley's solo project, with the song 'Dead Horse'.

In February 2020, he released a photo book called 'In Transit': "In Transit is the first photography book of mine. I shoot only film photography, so I thought having a physical place for these photos to live was fitting. It’s a hardback book consisting of travel photography & personal commentary".

Return to Paramore

Starting from June 2016 when Paramore first began work on their new album, numerous pictures of Zac started appearing with Paramore even on with him behind a drum kit, making fans start to speculate that he was returning to the band. However, he stated that he was only recording drums for the album and had not returned to the band full time. 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 he and Paramore haven't skipped a beat''.

On February 2, 2017, Paramore announced on social media that Farro would be returning to the band full time. His return was met with joy and positive reception from fans.

He also performed the songs 'Scooby's in the Back', 'French Class', and 'All That Love Is' by his band HalfNoise at various Paramore gigs during the After Laughter tour cycle, with Hayley and Taylor performing backup vocals.

Equipment

Zac's drum kit equipment has changed over the years, starting out with several Truth Custom drum kits before switching to Gretch. All of the kits' heads consist of Remo Coated Emperor and Remo Clear Powerstroke 3.

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His Cymbals have also changed over the years with him switching from Meinl Byzance before switching to Zildjian K.

He is also endorsed by Promark. His drumsticks consists of his own custom Promark Millenium II Sticks signature sticks.

Featured Albums

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HalfNoise

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Others

  • 'The Greatest Part' - Becca Mancari

Trivia

  • His nicknames are Z and Zac.
  • He, along with Josh are of Italian descent.
  • Zac occasionally contributed to the process of writing songs.
  • Zac was one of Paramore's founding members.
  • He has an Instagram: @zacfarro
  • He has a Twitter: @zacfarro
  • He has a website: zacfarro.co
  • He is particularly close friends with rhythm guitarist Taylor York, which made Hayley Williams believe that Taylor would leave Paramore after Josh and Zac's departure.
  • Along with Aaron Joseph, he co-directed the music video for the song 'Told You So'.
  • He directed the music video for Hayley's solo project Petals For Armor's 'Dead Horse'.
  • He also played drums on two songs of Hayley's solo album.
  • Zac is currently dating musician Kayla Graninger.
  • With his return in 2016, he and Hayley are the only members who were part of the band's original 2004 lineup.
  • He (along with Hayley and Taylor) has his own signature color for the After Laughter Era, his being blue, Taylor's being yellow and Hayley's being red.
  • He is the youngest member of Paramore, being only 12 when starting the band.
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Current Members

Taylor York
 
 
Taylor
Hayley Williams
 
 
Hayley
Zac Farro
 
 
Zac

Former Members

Jeremy Davis
 
 
Jeremy
Josh Farro
 
 
Josh
Hunter Lamb
 
 
Hunter
Jason Bynum
 
 
Jason
John Hembree
 
 
John

Touring Members

Justin York
 
 
Justin
Joey Howard
 
 
J. Howard
Logan MacKenzie
 
 
Logan
Joey Mullen
 
 
J. Mullen

Former Touring Members

Jon Howard
 
 
Jon
Aaron Gillespie
 
 
Aaron
Jason Pierce
 
 
J. Pierce
Hayden Scott
 
 
Hayden
Miles McPherson
 
 
Miles
Josh Freese
 
 
J. Freese


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All We Know is Falling

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Songs All We KnowPressureEmergencyBrighterHere We Go AgainNever Let This GoWhoaConspiracyFranklinMy Heart
Bonus Tracks Oh StarThis Circle
Members Hayley WilliamsJosh FarroJason BynumZac Farro
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Riot!

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Songs For a Pessimist, I'm Pretty OptimisticThat's What You GetHallelujahMisery BusinessWhen It RainsLet the Flames BeginMiracleCrushcrushcrushWe Are BrokenFencesBorn for This
Bonus Tracks When It Rains (Demo Version)Misery Business (Acoustic)TemporaryDecoyMy HeroStop This Song (Lovesick Melody)Rewind
Members Hayley WilliamsJosh FarroJeremy DavisZac Farro
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Brand New Eyes

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Songs CarefulIgnorancePlaying GodBrick By Boring BrickTurn It OffThe Only ExceptionFeeling SorryLooking UpWhere the Lines OverlapMisguided GhostsAll I Wanted
Bonus Tracks DecodeIgnorance (Acoustic Version)Where the Lines Overlap (Acoustic Version)Brick By Boring Brick (Acoustic Version)Turn It Off (Acoustic)
Members Hayley WilliamsJosh FarroTaylor YorkJeremy DavisZac Farro
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After Laughter

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Songs Hard TimesRose-Colored BoyTold You SoForgivenessFake Happy26PoolGrudgesCaught in the MiddleIdle WorshipNo FriendTell Me How
Members Hayley WilliamsTaylor YorkZac Farro
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