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Nick Zinner

Nick Zinner at Virgin Festival 2007
Background information
Birth name Nicholas Joseph Zinner
Born December 8, 1974 (1974-12-08) (age 35)
Origin Sharon, Massachusetts[1]
Genres Alternative rock, New Wave, art punk, indie rock, garage rock, hardcore punk, thrashcore
Occupations Guitarist
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1990s–present
Labels Interscope
Shifty (formerly)
Three One G
Associated acts Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Head Wound City, The Blood Brothers, Bright Eyes, Scarlett Johansson
Notable instruments
First Act guitar, Dewey Decibel Flip out guitar.

Nicholas Joseph Zinner (born December 8, 1974) is the guitarist for the New York rock band Yeah Yeah Yeahs. He is known for his "unmistakable"[2] wild hair, skinny physique, and pale appearance.



Zinner is also a member of the band Head Wound City along with members from The Locust and The Blood Brothers.[3]

Since 2001, Zinner has many collaborative efforts under his belt with such acts as TV on the Radio, Har Mar Superstar, Ronnie Spector[4] The Horrors, and Scarlett Johansson. He contributed guitar and keyboard to several tracks on Bright Eyes' 2005 album Digital Ash in a Digital Urn, and went on tour with the band as a full member.

Zinner produced the re-mix of the track 'Compliments' on British group Bloc Party's 2005 album Silent Alarm Remixed, and has remixed The Plot to Blow Up the Eiffel Tower's song, "INRI," on their INRI ep. Zinner has also remixed Single Frame's song, "People are Germs," in addition to appearing in the music video.

In August 2009 Nick was included at number 16 in NME magazine's future 50 list

Personal life

Additionally, Zinner is an accomplished photographer. He studied photography at Bard College and has released three separate collections of his work: No Seats on the Party Car (2001), Slept in Beds (2003) and I hope you are all happy now (2004), which features an introduction written by director Jim Jarmusch. He also studied photography in Paris, France in 2001 before meeting Karen O.

While at Bard college he played in the Boba Fett Experience, who later changed their name to Challenge of the Future because of concerns about being sued by George Lucas. The band moved to Williamsburg, Brooklyn in the late nineties and broke up in 2001.[5]

Nick is a vegan and involved with the animal rights group, PETA. He has tattoos in different places including one of a star on his arm, and another of a heart on his finger and one on his hand. Zinner listened to metal bands while growing up, and cites Mötley Crüe and Glenn Danzig as major influences.

His father, Stephen Zinner MD, is medical professor at Harvard University and a classical pianist. Nick Zinner also played the violin, referring to himself as a "child prodigy."

His sister, Meredith Zinner, is an actress and photographer based in New York.

Album Appearances


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