Welcome to “Six Questions With…,” a series of interviews with emerging artists, musicians, and bands focusing on the music scene and how they live within it. It started as a quick, fun project, but has quickly gained serious interest, so we’re making this a permanent feature on the site. Over time, the questions may change, but the sentiment will stay intact. This is a way for independent artists to be discovered by new fans on a global scale.
Within in each post, you will find all of their social media links, and also either a link to their music, or the ability to stream at least one of their tracks or videos, depending on the availability.
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Next in the hot seat is New York City-based indie electronic jazz band ZiG. We have not yet had the privilege to cover ZiG here on the pages of Indie Minded, so it is great to get to know them. If you’re not familiar with them, sit back and enjoy! This is what is great about this series – the discovery of new music.
For those who may not be familiar, please tell us about your music: the type of music you play, where you are from, and how you got started?
For those who may not be familiar, please tell us about your music: the type of music you play, where you are from, and how you got started? ZiG is a live electronic jazz band composed of all NYU music grads that met in class. We are a full in house production, songwriting, and engineering team- we do it from start to finish ourselves and write all our own songs while still collaborating with others. We focus on every little detail of the music making process and try to perfect everything from a harmonic, melodic and lyrical standpoint, to every sonic detail in the production to obtain that wall of sound we always strive for. We are all from different areas of the world and draw from different musical inspirations (Miami, Philly, LA, NYC).
As an artist, how do you define success?
I define success as doing what you love and being in control of your own destiny and happiness. Most artists aren’t even financially successful, but in terms of life, are extremely successful because they don’t hate their lives from 9 to 5 every day. Living through your passion is the only way to define artistic success, there is no other quantitative measurement for that.
What do you find to be your greatest struggle when it comes to the music business?
I’d say it’s getting our name and brand out there. We have the product, just not the reach YET. We really want our fan base and reach to be organic and happen naturally as a result of our music speaking for itself.
If you could only play ONE of your songs for the rest of your career, which one would it be?
I’d have to say “Paris,” the song we just released. We really feel like every new song we make is our best one, but lyrically, this one is exactly how we strive to write. We feel that everyone can relate to the message, everyone has been there or done that or needed to have done that before.
Who do you consider your greatest influences?
We have a ton, and they are broad but here are a few: Parliament/ George Clinton David Sanborn John Coltrane James Brown Prince The Roots Jamiroquai
Outside of music, what do you like to do that you feel contributes to the creativity that you tap into for your music?
Everything we do contributes to our creativity and helps us compose a new song every day. We always have to be inspired both sonically and lyrically and draw from our personal experiences in both regards. Whether it’s enjoying time out in NYC, going out to party, network, play ball, go to the gym, or smoke a joint-we really are inspired by our relationships and staying active and busy in the city at all times.