Zen of music, according to Zink Alloy drummer, Chris
Rao, is to be working in a band where all the members
get along with each other. And, in Zink Alloy, he says,
he has found that Zen.
Chris' respect for his fellow band
members is returned to him three-fold as he provides the
band with its very heartbeat. Described as a "meat and
potatoes" drummer by his fellow band-mates, Chris Rao
has an instinctive talent for providing just the right
beat and driving force for a song -- whether
heard it before or not. On the originals, he provides a
perfectly timed percussion level that requires no
Chris' incredible talent was put to work
early when he began playing the drums at the age of 5.
He says he was largely influenced throughout his
childhood by the thumping, booming style of Led Zeppelin
drummer John Bonham. A self-described rocker at heart,
Chris says he started out -- as most musicians do --
with the goal of becoming a rock and roll superstar.
However, life tends to get in the way of
the best-laid plans, and Chris opted instead to explore
his local musical options, first joining the rockin jump
blues band The Rhythm Rockers . He then stayed mainly
with the blues/rock genre as he moved on to Stormin'
Norman & The Hurricanes. Spending the next five years
with soul jazz-based George Thomas Band and the Acme
Trucking Company, adding in a rock and roll beat
wherever he could fit it in.
Rao,is the youngest member of Zink Alloy and
has a wife, Krissy. The couple resides in North
Providence, RI, where they are raising their two
children. By day, Chris works as a Network
Administrator, keeping the computers at Orion rocking and rolling.