Zach's Open Road
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Santa Barbara, CA
Indie: Indie Roadtrips
having kids, modern dance, piano, questioning yourself, school, teaching, touring
After hearing the band Huey Lewis and the News when he was young, Zach Gill knew that that's what he wanted to do when he grew up. Starting out as a "starving artist" at the University of California at Santa Barbara, Zach majored in history while joining a band and also playing piano for the modern dance department on the side. While at school, his band his band formed into what is now Zach's primary musical project called Animal Liberation Orchestra. After college, he moved to the San Francisco Bay area and got a job teaching, but still wrote and performed music. However, Zach was still struggling to make his passion for music a bigger element in his life—as he got married and then had a daughter—and, sometimes, he felt like it was too hard. Zach returned back to Santa Barbara where a pivotal point in his life came when his friend Jack Johnson, who was an emerging superstar in the music industry, asked him to play piano in his band. Zach got his first big break. Even though his Road wasn't easy, he stuck with what he knew was his calling. Zach continues to enjoy, play, and create his own music today, whether he's on the road or with his family.