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INTERVIEW: Zach Frost

Hi Zach, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Thank you! I’m so excited to be a parts of VENTS. I’ve been doing really well, just working hard to promote the release of my new single “Rock Bottom” and its accompanying music video. What nobody ever tells you about being an independent solo artist, is that you don’t have additional band members to help you with all the work!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Rock Bottom”?

“Rock Bottom” is the first single off my new album Bucket List which will come out later this year. I have been playing it live since last summer and wanted to get the single out to my fans as early as possible. It’s sort of a serious song, but I like to find the positive side in negative situations, and I think the lyrics reflect my optimism when it comes to dealing with hard times in life.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

There was a time period in early 2018 where I felt like I wasn’t really doing anything productive with my life. I didn’t like how I was spending my time, and I decided that if I didn’t make a change, I would always feel like I was at “Rock Bottom.” One day I realized that the best thing about hitting rock bottom, is that I had nowhere to go but up – so I began focusing on music and the things that I love in order to better my situation.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

This was my first music video as a solo artist, so the filming process was a little challenging. We filmed it at my house and absolutely destroyed the place with spilled food, beer and silly string, but I had lots of friends there to help me along the way. I was very fortunate to work with director Jakob Mooney, who is also the current touring drummer of Like Moths to Flames (Rise Records), and he was very positive, helpful and creative. We ended up making something that I’m really proud of and I can’t wait to share it with the world.

The single comes off your new album Bucket List – what’s the story behind the title?

Bucket List is another reference to that period in my life where I was unhappy. I wrote out all of the things in life that I wanted to accomplish and all the places in the world that I wanted to see, and decided to make my dreams a reality before I die.

How was the recording and writing process?

The recording and writing process has been very challenging. I am very hard on myself in order to make everything “perfect,” but sometimes I just have to remember that I’m making art; and in art, nothing is truly flawless. I am beginning to embrace my flaws and am focusing more on making an honest piece of music that people can connect to.

How has your experience touring the world and getting to meet other cultures have influence your writing?

Seeing the world has been the best experience of my life. After “hitting rock bottom,” I traveled to Prague with only my backpack and a ukulele. I met so many amazing people and had life-changing, unforgettable experiences. Then I flew to Munich to meet up with my friends in the band Roadstring Army, and got to watch them perform at large festivals where everybody was singing along and having a great time. This is when I realized that your live show is even more important than your recordings, and the most important thing is having fun and making sure your audience is having fun too.

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than in your own?

I do tend to take a different approach when collaborating. Sometimes it’s okay to admit that you need help writing or finishing a song. When I went into the studio to record my first album I Try Not to Think About the Past, I had already written every part for every song, but my producer Tim Waters was able to shape it into something much better. I used to play in a pop-punk band called Someone Like You with Tim, so when I began recording for the single “Rock Bottom,” I asked him and our old guitar player Garry to contribute. They ended up writing most of the guitar leads which I think add a lot of life to what was a pretty minimalist song.

How do you go on balancing all your distinctive influences?

Sometimes I rely too much on all of my different influences, which can become a problem. I could write a song that sounds punk, or indie rock, or even an acoustic folk song, so I’m always trying to find a way to combine all of these influences in order to create something unique.

Does the lyrical theme plays a major role on your decision of going for a specific genre?

I often call my lyrical themes “existential punk,” and I always try to have the music match that theme. My music is always inspired by traditional punk rock, but for softer or more serious songs (lyrically speaking) I’ll definitely try to match the music with the mood of the song.

What role does Columbus play in your music?

Columbus is one of the best music cities in the United States right now. We have bands like Twenty-One Pilots, Beartooth, Two Cow Garage and many others which cultivate a large audience of music fans who are willing to support independent artists. All of the musicians in this city also support each other, and I have a long list of producers, graphic designers, booking agents and more that I can call upon whenever I need their help.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

One day I was wearing an old hoodie that was once really nice, but I had worn out due to my lifestyle of traveling and playing music. The thought popped into my head that I was neglecting my own health, just like I had neglected that old sweatshirt, so I decided to write a song about it. I wrote down all of the stupid and crazy things I was doing and ended up writing some pretty good lyrics. The lyrics were a little too serious however, so I wanted the song to sound more upbeat to contrast with the words.

Any plans to hit the road?

I will be hitting the road in the Midwestern United States this summer with another great solo artist from Ohio called Chase Duncan. Tour dates will be published on my website at www.ZachFrost.com/Tour

What else is happening next in Zach Frost’s world?

I’m going to finish Bucket List and get it out by autumn and keep traveling as much as possible. Social media has also given me an outlet and opportunity to connect with fans all over the world, so I’ll continue making video content and trying to take this project as far as I can.

For more information, visit www.ZachFrost.com and follow Zach on social media @ZachFrostMusic

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, play guitar, music geek, movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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