INTERVIEW: Zach Kleisinger

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

I am well, thank you for asking.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “You Should Hold Me”?

Well, I wrote it a year and a bit ago. I started it on a piano in the basement of the house I was living in at the time. It did not take more than the evening to write. The next day I asked my roommate to play drums with me, and then I figured out what worked out and what did not. That arrangement down there is what you hear now.  

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

That is difficult for me to say. I don’t think there was one event in particular that inspired this song, or any one, for that matter. There were many events, placed side-by-side like sleepers on a railroad track, that led to the formation of the idea. The song couldn’t not have sprung to the mind by one specific event the same way that a maple tree does not shed its leaves simply because it is a deciduous tree. Did gravity cause the leaves to fall? Was it the stalk that withered? Did the wind blow them off? Or was it just because winter was closing in and it was time? In this same way, the song was the culmination of months of thought and weariness, excitement and tension, until eventually when I sat down at the piano the song wanted to come out.  

Any plans to release a video for the single?

As a matter of fact, we just released a live video of my band and I performing the tune. There are also plans to release an official video a little later on.

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing happened quickly. It did not take long at all. It seemed that the song lived inside of me already, and it just needed some air. The recording of the song moved in waves. The band and I went into the studio, got our sounds, and hit record. This part was easy. We had all recorded together before at the same studio with the same engineer and same producer, so everyone knew how to work with each other. It was the in-between takes that stressed me out. Thoughts of the next one being the one. Of taking more time than you wanted to. That sort of thing. The head can get in the way in the studio. But when we hit record and just played, the heart let things be ok.

What role does Vancouver play in your music?

That is hard for me to say. It is the city I live in, you know? I am sure that the city anyone lives in affects them in ways that they are not aware of. It is where I wake up in the morning. It is where I go to sleep at night. My emotions follow the weather systems. It is an expensive city, so I don’t find myself slowing down enough. I work a lot because it is a habit and because I have to.  I travel a lot though too, and meet many people. My songs are mostly influenced by the people I meet. I will continue to write wherever I am. I have met some very special people in Vancouver. Maybe its role was to introduce me to them.

How has the likes of Iron Wine influenced your writing?

To be honest, I have never listened to Iron & Wine before. However, I see that he comes from South Carolina, and some of my favorite musicians have come out of that side of the United States, so I do look forward to giving his work some of my attention.

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

I don’t think so. Maybe it’s more reserved, but I think it’s mostly the same. It is always about giving the song a chance to be the best it can be. I do not think that changes when you work with someone who feels the same way.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

This is the first of two singles. The second one is called “Lower Your Book”.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

August 16th.

Any plans to hit the road?

I am touring Western Canada throughout the summer, and in the fall you will find me playing shows in the UK & Europe.

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

Those are my big plans. I will continue to write while all this is going on, and I am hopeful that a  full-length album will begin in the winter.`

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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