DIY Musician – Reflecting On the Past

Hey friends, family, fans, potential clients and random people 🙂

 

Happy New Year! As always, I realized it’s been a couple months since I’ve updated the blog portion of my website. A new year brings interesting thoughts and feelings. Come new year’s eve and you may find yourself thinking “Tomorrow is a new year and I will be a new me!” Well, you’ll probably just be a hungover version of you on January 1. Many people start off the new year with a day off…that seems almost counter productive…but nice.

Anyway, enough on that rant. Apart from of course thinking about all my goals for 2016 and January specifically, I started thinking more about how I got to where I am as a musician. People often ask me if I studied music. Well formally, no I didn’t study music at a university or institute.

But whether I knew it or not, since the day I plucked that $h!tty old 2-strings-left-on-it acoustic guitar my best bud Josh had brought home after school one day…I was studying. Everyone I’ve jammed with, performed with, collaborated with, recorded with, etc…they were my teachers. My wife asked me the other day, “How did you learn to play percussion?” I remembered back (nostalgically, of course) to my high school days. The days when we would create a drum circle with the cafeteria table as our drum. How did I learn to play guitar and sing at the same time? Not being able to find a singer for our high school heavy metal band. How did I learn to write good story-telling lyrics? Late night (probably mostly drunken) songwriting sessions with my college folk trio. How did I learn to perform well live? All the college gigs I played (or stumbled through depending on the night) in and around Mankato, Minnesota.

Every formal job I’ve had from grocery store (Lunds) to radio station (KMSU) and everything in between has taught me skills to be a better working musician. My education gave me the skills and confidence necessary in the communications and business side of things. My experience in the Peace Corps in Peru gave me the courage to make the decision to become a musician rather than making excuses why not to be. The guidance and discipline from my family, most notably – my sister Sara…

I don’t want this to get too long or  potentially “gushy,” but I just thought it was cool that I was studying all these years, not knowing that I would end up putting it all to use some day in the career of being a musician.

There you go! I’m sure there’s a message or moral to the story in there somewhere. I’ll let you find it yourself! Thanks for reading. Here’s to a 2016 filled with love, happiness and prosperity! Thanks for reading and we’ll catch you again soon.

 

Best,

 

-Zack David

Check out a little story about Zack David, his music career, his Peace Corps service and his lovely wife (yes this is Zack writing in third person) in the local magazine 92024 here:

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Zack David Gigging in and around Encinitas

Hello out there!

Happy November! As these months pass by I’ve had the opportunity to play some one-time events such as house parties, camp fires, birthday parties, yoga sessions, city events and even a funeral. I’ve also been blessed with some recurring gigs such as my weekly gig at Saint Tropez Restaurant in Carlsbad and the Olivenhain Guest Home assisted living as well as Farmers’ Markets in Leucadia, Encinitas, Oceanside, Carlsbad and more.

But hey, a musician can (almost) always use more gigs. Whether you are a guy looking for a musician for your wife’s birthday party or an event booker (or anything in between), shoot me an email: zack@zackdavid.com or call 760 846 8090. Thank you for supporting the local arts! Here’s a video that my partner in crime, my wife Yumi, filmed and put together for me:

 

On a side note – now that things are cooling off, the goal is to get into the studio and record a new album of original tunes. Stay tuned 🙂

 

-ZD

Let me Write and Record your Song!

Hello folks!

I realized it’s been over a month since my last post about me being married and that those of you who aren’t in regular contact with me may be thinking we escaped to a desert island somewhere. Alas, here we remain in the beautiful town of Encinitas, California.

Hopefully you friends are all enjoying the summer fun as much as we are here. Nonetheless, it’s still business time! Just this month I’m offering %25 off your first song with me. Just mention: AUGUST 25 OFF. Whether you are looking for a jingle for your business, a wedding gift song, or just something for fun, I’d love to write and record your song!

Check out some songs from my portfolio below and CLICK HERE for more details on my custom song services.

 

…and on a non-musical “note”, I’M MARRIED!

 

 

Hello friends, family, fans, clients, fellow musical bros and sistas:

Please excuse the fact that I haven’t posted an update in a good while. My (was fiancee, now wife!) Yumi arrived to the United States via the fiancee visa June 1st. On Wednesday (June 24) we got married!

I met Yumi during my first week in the Peace Corps in Peru in June, 2011. Before entering the Peace Corps and meeting Yumi I hadn’t planned on getting married. I’m not even sure I believed in or knew what love was. I know, it all sounds cheesy, but it’s all true. Now, about 4 years later, Yumi and I are happily married, living together in Southern California and learning more and growing together every day!

On a musical note – My studio is open for business and I’m available for studio work, to give lessons, play gigs, etc. We’d appreciate the business as we chug along in our humble abode. 🙂

Lot’s of projects moving forward as well as aspirations of future projects in the making! Can’t wait to wake up each day with the woman I love to do the work that I love. Thanks for being a part of our story!

Be well, and talk soon,

-ZD

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Hey folks! I thought this was pretty cool and worthy of a posting. I was lucky enough to have been invited to participate in this Global Sound Collage done by Reaks Records. I played the Charango – a little stringed instrument from Peru as my contribution around 1:20 or so. Hope everyone is having a great spring.

-Zack David

April Update!

Well hello friends, family, fans, clients and beautiful people of the world!

The biggest news I must share with you all is that my fiancee Yumi, who I met in Peru, recently had her visa interview and she got it! She’ll be here within a few months and then we’ll be married shortly thereafter and I’m so overly joyed to share this lovely news with you all!

Well, enough of the mushy, lovey stuff…on to business! I got some good offers for my new and prospective as well as repeat customers out there. %10 off your first order of a custom song from Zack David Music. The other deal I have going is that I’ll give you %30 off your next custom song if you refer a few people to my business who then reach out to me. I’m really counting on good reviews and word-of-mouth to get and keep things rolling here and I could use your help now more than ever.

Whether for personal or business use, there’s a handful of uses for custom tailored songs and I guarantee you’ll love what I come up with for you. Finally the last deal I have going is the mini-song deal. I’ll write and record you a mini song of around 1 minute long for $25. Yep, your own little ditty for a quarter of a Ben Franklin! Those are your month of April deals – no foolin’! 🙂

Check out the new and improved Zack David Custom Tailored Personalized Song Page for all the 411!

Ok, now back to the lovey dovey stuff:

 

Have a beautiful April and be on the lookout for some emails coming your way. Please help a brotha out 🙂

 

Zack David offers services in custom tailored songwriting, lessons both locally and via internet, gigs, audio editing and podcast facilitation and more! Email zack@zackdavid.com or call 760 512 0181 for details.

Free Instrumental Album from Zack David with Donation to American Cancer Society – March Only

Hello friends, family and fans!

I recently finished FAWM 2015. FAWM (February Album Writing Month) is an annual challenge for songwriters to write 14 songs in 28 days. This was my third year participating and succeeding!

FAWM 2015 VICTORY

What I’ve decided to do this year in honor of my late mother is the following; I’m spreading the joy of music by giving away this album for free with your promise to me that you’ll donate at least $14 to the American Cancer Society (one dollar for each song). You can do so by clicking here:

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Once you’ve done that, you can download the album by clicking “download” in the player below or by CLICKING HERE. Just set the price as $0. If you do wish to support my music and my work as a musician, I would gratefully accept anything above $0 as a tip 🙂 This album will only be available for download this month (March)! Please see below for more details about the album.

 

 

A little more about “Still Not Too Late”:

For my FAWM efforts this year I decided to do an all-instrumental album with hopes of later producing and mastering select songs off the album to then market to television, movies, videos and anywhere else they could be useful.

Keep in mind that this album is still a little rough around the edges and captures the essence of writing and recording 14 songs in 28 days. As time permitted, some songs are more produced while others contain nuances and other quirks. Throughout this album I used %100 real instruments – no software instruments. I believe this reflects in the organic sound of the album. Also, to maintain organic integrity I haven’t done any post production further than what was done in the month of February, staying true to February Album Writing Month.

You’ll hear how my involvement with Peruvian musicians during my 3 years of living in Peru has influenced my songwriting, performance and the instruments used – especially in tracks such as the first (Inti) and last (Quilla).

Thank you for supporting the fight against cancer as well as my musical works! A $14 donation may not seem like much, but if we join together, maybe this album can raise a few hundred dollars – and I’d like to think there are thousands of others out there every day doing what they can too.

Here’s to us everyday folk working together to make a difference!

Best wishes,

-ZD

Donate to the American Cancer Society

Download “Still Not Too Late” Album

Zack David: Let Me Write Your Song – Custom Personalized Songs For Business or Pleasure

Some freelance musicians make the majority of their money playing gigs, others giving lessons, others selling and licensing their music. Though I also work in the aforementioned areas, my main source of income is writing custom personalized songs. If you or someone you know is interested, please let me know. Whether for business or pleasure, I’ll get the job done – Satisfaction Guaranteed.

I’m working on a new page that serves as a walkthrough for ordering a custom song from me:

Click here to check it out!

Click to contact Zack for more information and place your order now!

“ReBelieve” EP Released TODAY! Available Everywhere Online!

I’m proud to announce the official release of my latest 4-song EP titled “ReBelieve.” (Scroll down to listen) The album was recorded in my tiny apartment room while I was still serving in the Peace Corps in Peru. I’m honored to have two (actually three) amazing musicians accompanying my compositions on the album.

Ciera DeSilva accompanies with her beautiful violin sounds on all tracks. Ciera is a young lady from Canada who I met through an agency promoting gender-equality and children and women’s rights in Peru. Ciera is still in Peru working with youth and women to empower and educate them. I was lucky enough to see her (and jam too, of course) in my recent visit to Peru.

Xhio G. Tasson accompanies playing percussion on “Map to Heaven,” “You Made Me ReBelieve” and starring on the instrumental track “Festejo Peru,” which incorporates rhythms native to the AfroPeruvian culture. Her contribution includes the rock steady rhythm of cajon and the accentuation of the wood bongo. Xhio is a young lady from Chiclayo, Peru who I met through youth music programs she was leading.

I mustn’t go without mentioning the legendary Juan Carlos, who plays accordion on the hidden track (oops it’s not hidden anymore).  Ciera and I were lucky enough to make friends with Juan Carlos through passing in the city of Chiclayo. This life-long musician has played his accordion all around the world but now doesn’t stray far from the city where he plays at weddings, restaurants, retirement parties and any other occasion where his virtuoso accordion skills are requested. This gem of a hidden track was recorded one day while Ciera, Juan and I were practicing in the local musician and artists union office.

As I continue my journey as a folk singer/songwriter and freelance musician, I find myself writing on many different topics from love to friendship to faith to doubt to helplessness to joy and happiness and about anything in between. In this EP, though only a few tracks, you’ll find just about all these themes backed by the traditional-meets-contemporary neofolk musical style I’ve come to develop over the years.

Listen below and if you’d like to show support you can purchase directly from the BandCamp media player below, otherwise the links to iTunes, Amazon and Google Play can be found below the media player.

 

Purchase from your preferred digital distributor:

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FAWM: February Album Writing Month 2015 – Underway! Donating Earnings to American Cancer Society

As mentioned in the previous post, I will once again be participating in FAWM: February Album Writing Month. This will be my third year and I’ll be switching gears a little and closing my mouth this time around (hmm…maybe I’ll name the album that). I’ll be doing a series of experimental instrumentals.

I’ll be selling the album for $.50 a song once I’m done with it and donating all the profits to the American Cancer Society. If I reach the goal of 14 songs within the month the album will cost $7. Maybe I’ll even reach more than 14 songs. %100 of sales will go to ACS.

Send me an email at zack@zackdavid.com to pre-order your digital copy today!

Check out my progress below and get involved while you still can!

 

-ZD