CHECK OUT OTHERS WHO HAVE WRITTEN ABOUT ZOO TRIPPIN':

Photo Credit : Catherine L Photography

Photo Credit : Catherine L Photography

Tony Casa - Lead Vocals, Hand Percussion & Harmonica

Tony Casa started off his live performing career in theater, choir and stand-up comedy.  He tinkered around with a few different bands and acts after graduating from Hilliard Davdison, including The Pirates of the Scioto.  This is where he met Lynn Roose III and formed a bond and friendship that led to newer prospects.  The two branched off to form a new original project which was branded, Zoo Trip.  After jamming together for a while Tony started to settle on his own style drawing from influences such as Jack White and even a little James Brown.  His sound and stage presence is a mixture of funky, groovy, high-energy and electric as he dominates every nook and cranny of the stage with his full voice and insane presence.  He draws from real life experiences for lyrical inspiration and has seen many hardships and triumphs for a man of his years.  He brings all of this to the table when performing with Zoo Trippin' and him and his brothers-in-arms leave it all on stage.

Photo Credit : Catherine L Photography

Photo Credit : Catherine L Photography

Lynn Roose III - Lead Guitar & Vocals

Lynn Edward Roose III came to love music at a very early age.  His father, Lynn Jr., instilled musical soundscapes of Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jimi Hendrix and the Allman Brothers while he was still a baby in the crib.  His obsession grew when he poured efforts into learning the bass guitar as well as weening some lessons on the six string from his younger brother Sean (who also shared Lynn's passion for music).  This love and passion blossomed into professional interest and understanding as Lynn studied two full years of music theory in high school, in which he also happened to share a classroom with rhythm guitarist Drew Dimitrovski.  Also being a math lover, music theory and composition came very easily to Lynn and granted him the tool with which to start expressing himself through music.  Taking his own understanding, and sprinkling in other influences like Jack White, The Black Keys, and Band of Skulls truly completes the style with which he blends relentless blues with hearty rock today. 

 

Photo Credit : Catherine L Photography

Photo Credit : Catherine L Photography

Stephen "Charlie" Hatmaker - Drums & Vocals

Steve Hatmaker was born in Flint, Michigan to a family with music in their hearts and souls.  Listening to artists from the early days of rock n' roll (40's - 50's) into the eras of classic rock legends (60's - mid 70's) has given his style a unique legato fluidity and groove.  His interest in drumming was piqued in 1995 while listening to The Deftone's debut album, Adrenaline.  This introduced him to a world of heavy-handed, groovy and driving drum patterns.  Since that youthful attraction, Steve could never see himself anywhere else but behind a drum set.  He has driven himself to understand the business end of music as well, and has great experience in touring and local bands.   Some of his previous projects include; Pimp Hand Strong, Act of Violence, Auntiem and Happily Never After.  These heavier, metal-based groups brought him further into the abstract and hard hitting drum scence.  This experience added to influences like August Burns Red, The Deftones, Trioscapes, TRAM and Chon fully cemented Steve into his particular style.  Since joining this project in the summer of 2014, he has gently stepped back from his megaton drumming days and reached deep into his roots as a groovy, smooth and (sometimes still hard as iron) backbone of Zoo Trippin'.

Photo Credit : Catherine L Photography

Photo Credit : Catherine L Photography

Austin Smith - Bass & Vocals

Austin began his musical experience in middle school and high school by becoming involved in choir and tinkering with a few intruments, including his voice (dude sounds like Michael Winslow).  In high school, at Hilliard Davidson (where all members of Zoo Trippin' attended) he was even selected to be part of an elite group called Madrigals.  He dabbled in many instruments and at heart he is actually a drummer.  But being a true musician and lover of music, he has branched into many other forms of expression ; guitar, piano, accordion and for this project, bass guitar.  Austin and all members of Zoo Trippin' have known each other from their high school days, and fate smashed them back together for this crazy, high-energy rock project.  He keeps his skills sharp and ideas flowing and lends a great musical talent to this group.  

Photo Credit : Catherine L Photography

Photo Credit : Catherine L Photography

Drew Dimitrovski - Rhythm Guitar & Vocals

Drew Dimitrovski started melting faces back in 2001 when he was gifted his first guitar.  He still remembers his mom, himself, and the store clerk at the guitar shop, staring at the tiny T.V. in stunned silence as the events of September 11th, 2001 unfolded.  He was supposed to have his first lesson later that day, which was cancelled, and he will never forget that moment.  Both of his parents instilled a love of classic rock and blues in him from a very early age.  The lullaby they sang to him when he was younger was The Beatles "Oh-Bla-Di Oh-Bla-Da" and he carried a love for legends like; Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Gorge Thorogood, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Eric Clapton, B.B King, Areosmith, The Allman Brothers, and The Rolling stones.  Newer influences such as Jack White, Tom Morello, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and even a little Avenged Sevenfold have rounded out his sound.  Drew and Lead Guitarist, Lynn Roose III, actually had a band they played in together back in their high school years.  This was during very important developmental years so their sound was very similar and even now, they can mimic and groove with each other effortlessly.