FAWM #5 February Album Writing Month – 14 Songs in 28 Days

Here we are again my friends…another February. Time to record another album. That’s right – 14 songs in 28 days. Last year I only made it to 5 songs. It was my first time since doing this yearly challenge that I didn’t make it to 14 songs. This year marks my fifth FAWM effort and I’m going to make it!

My wife Yumi and I have been pushing each other to express and document our art – whether it by a musical recording of mine or a design or video of hers. I’ve been creating an instrumental every week but now I need to step up my game, at least for this month.

If you are a musician yourself, or at least a lyricist, I encourage you to partake in FAWM this year! FAWM has a great community of talented and kind musicians and lyricists.

Here’s my playlist if you want to keep track of my FAWM journey:

 

 

Remember if you or anyone you know needs custom music – either instrumental or with lyrics/vocals – let me know and I’ll be happy to help!

Wishing you peace in these turbulent times!

 

-Zack

Happy New Year!

Hi folks! Hope you had a lovely holiday and will have a fun and safe New Year celebration. I’ve been blessed to have been keeping very busy which is why you haven’t heard from me on my blog here for a while. I’m looking forward to recording a new album and starting up my YouTube channel. There! I had to say it here so you will all hold me to it!

On another note, I’ve been very blessed to have been accepted to perform at various assisted living homes around the area. Some very kind musician friends have connected me up with a handful of new places. For this I’m very grateful.

That’s about it for now my friends. Short and sweet. I’ll talk to you soon. Until then, take care!

-ZD

Royalty Free Music

Hey folks! Long time, no chat! This post is really just to update you so you know we’re alive and kicking here. My wife Yumi and I (but mostly my wife) have launched a pet sitting business called Encinitas Pet Sitting. We’ve been busy kicking off that business. Give us a holler if you need assistance with your furry ones!

Along with the normal gigs and projects, I’ve been working on selling my already-recorded music as royalty free music. If you need some music for your YouTube videos, Corporate videos, Films, Radio Spots / Commercials, etc., let me know. Mention the code ROYALTYFREEZD and I’ll give you 25% off your purchase. Check out my (still budding) library:

Genres include World, Peruvian, Folk, Childrens’, Corporate, Country, Bluegrass and much more. Of course, if you’d like a custom song just for you or  your business, that’s my main jam…so let me know!

In other news, I’m making some tweaks on the website, so expect some improvements (with possible temporary issues!)

I’m always growing my studio musician team. If you play an instrument or sing and would like to be involved in my projects and earn some extra cash, let me know.

That’s about all I’ve got for now. Stay cool out there!

-Zack

Mayday! Mayday! …Wow, It’s Almost May!

fotos guitar en studioIMG_2187Hey folks! As you can see by my previous post…this year is the first year since I started participating a few years back that I haven’t been able to complete the FAWM (February Album Writing Month) challenge a couple months back. It pained me quite a bit…BUT…

Luckily, it’s for the good reason that I was super busy working on custom-tailored songs and music ranging from birthday gift songs, to corporate video background music to Podcast intro jingles, and more! Though I may not have recorded 14 songs specifically for my FAWM goal, I recorded well over 14 for clients!

Though I’m keeping busy, I’m always looking for more work!

 

During the month of May, if you mention the code MAYDAY to me either in email, phone call or however you contact me – I’ll give you %10 off your custom song order.

April has been a big month of upgrading my studio and studio instruments as well as continuing to refine my sound and fine tune my abilities as a studio engineer. I appreciate your support and look forward to working with you!

Musically yours,

 

-Zack David

 

In addition to his custom-tailored song service, Zack also performs live shows in the area, gives lessons and is a Podcast editing and distribution guru.

FAWM – February Album Writing Month 2016

Hello all! Finally grabbing a moment to let you know that I’m participating once again in FAWM. That is – February Album Writing Month. 14 songs composed and recorded in 28 days! This is my fourth year and I’ve decided to once again focus on instrumental music.

 

Some of these songs will then be available for sale as royalty free music if you need music for your video, podcast, corporate, etc needs. As of right now I’m ahead of the game with 4 songs composed and recorded so far (feb 6 today). 14 songs in 28 days is a challenge, but a fun one. Check out my progress in the music player below.

 

Check out my FAWM profile here and get involved if you are a songwriter and/or musician!

 

-ZD

 

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