Zach's Open Road

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  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    The Bandwagon!

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Santa Barbara, CA

  • AIRED ON:

    Indie: Indie Roadtrips

ZACH GILL

Musician

“Either you become unhappy, or you do the things that make you happy.”

INTERESTS:

Art Music

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Choices Fear Hard Work Struggle

FOUNDATION:

Being Creative

TAGS:

having kids, modern dance, piano, questioning yourself, school, teaching, touring

BIOGRAPHY:

  • As a kid, he felt like becoming a musician was his "calling," especially after he saw everyone singing along at a Huey Lewis and the News concert.
  • He was part of a band in high school, and all of its members happened to go to college together at UC Santa Barbara.
  • In school, he started taking music classes; he didn't major in it, but he learned a lot about technique and theory.
  • After college, he stuck around and got a job playing piano for the modern dance department.
  • He met his wife and they decided to move back up to the Bay Area, where there were more opportunities to perform.
  • When his son was born, he felt like he was suddenly an adult, but he hadn't ever had a "real job."
  • He settled into teaching music at a private school, but he missed performing, so the old band-Animal Liberation Orchestra-went on tour.
  • There were some major lows on that first tour, but after their friend Jack Johnson asked them to open for him, everything started falling into place.

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