You recently formed your latest solo project ZIMINY. Having performed with other bands and done other solo projects, what led to want to start ZIMINY?
Thank you Stitched Sound for having me! I have been in many bands through the years. Some, where I had more creative contributions, and others not so much. With ZIMINY, it’s my blank canvas. Where I can take the creative brush and literally paint whatever I want. The untethered freedom is liberating. I just finished a session today for an upcoming song I wrote, where I played every instrument and sang every note. It’s a really amazing feeling.
You have said that your instrument has always been the bass but the piano has remained your first love. What can you tell me about your love for the piano and what inspired you to return to the instrument to write the songs for this project?
I landed my first professional gig in 2005 as a bassist with this group called Under the Influence of Giants. I was thrilled to take the gig and get a music career underway, but early on I remember asking a friend to throw my name in the hat to snag the keyboard gig. It all turned out the way it needed to, but I just love playing keys. It’s a true extension of my heartbeat.
What kind of equipment/gear do you tend to use for recording? What are your thoughts on analog vs digital?
It’s funny, I was just talking to a friend about this. I have these really cool vintage Fender basses that peers would assume I’d use all the time. But my favorite bass to track with is this bright and shiny new Fender P I bought directly from the Fender website. It just sounds so good recorded! I use Fender for both bass and guitars, UAD, API 5500 EQ, UA 1176 Compressors, API 3124+ Mic Pre among other various things like all the fun plugins. It gets the job done!
What can you tell me about your debut single “She (Zoey Deutch)”? What inspired the ’80s, surf and R&B sound of the song?
I wrote this song with nothing in mind other than writing a fun little love song for my wife, whom I’ve been married now to about 7 years. The problem was, her name didn’t quite fit the hook. So I was at a crossroads of doing a different hook, or keeping a name in there like I originally planned. Zoey Deutch came to mind, and I just remember being really intrigued. And that’s how it came together.