Zach Gill

Zach Gill


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


By Roadtrip Nation

Zach Gill


My road in life has been direct.
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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High School
History, General
University of California-Santa Barbara



I write songs with a small ukulele, a collection of vintage organs and pianos, a broken accordion and other sound makers.

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