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January 27, 2010 / alunatunes

Meet Eddie Z, founder of The Playroom Academy!

Born and raised in New York City, Eddie has been a professional musician since 1985. Eddie’s first exposure to Rock & Roll came at an early age, listening to his older brother’s band rehearsing in their parents’ basement.Eddie got his first guitar in high school, and within three years he found himself out on the road with Baretta Red, a top forty cover band. He then joined an all original metal band that went on to sign a recording contract with Metal Blade Records. It was during these recording sessions that Eddie found his affinity for engineering and producing. After everyone would leave the studio for the day, Eddie would sneak back in and rework the tracks himself. Since that experience, Eddie has played on, engineered or produced more than 500 recording projects. Eddie has owned and operated The Playroom, a full service recording and rehearsal studio in Charlotte, North Carolina, since 1994.
His clients have included 3 Doors Down, Jewel, Aaliyah, Buck Cherry, Kathy Matea, drummer Jim Brock and Smithereens sideman Jamie Hoover. He has also worked in various technical support roles for live shows with Kenny G, Phil Collins, Harry Connick Jr., Meatloaf, Mettalica, Pantera, Smashing Pumpkins and Blues Traveler.Since 2000 until October 2009, Eddie was the Music Director and Lead Guitarist for Charity Case from the Ace & Tj show. The regional sensation sold out almost all of its 250 performances and donated $680,000 to terminally ill and chronically handicapped children. Eddie is completely excited to bring his experience and knowledge to the current and future musicians of South Carolina. A guitarist, bassist and mandolin player, Eddie Z resides in Tega Cay, South Carolina with son Alex and his significant other Vicki.

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