Thank you VENTS for having me! Good! I mean, man other than Covid 19 sweeping the world. What a weird and sad time. Which is why I think it’s actually very important to be doing something uplifting. Mine is music!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “She (Zoey Deutch)”?
“She (Zoey Deutch)” straight up is a song about my wife. I wrote it, but needed that hook, that 80’s name hook, like how Toto had “Rosanna.” I just love Zoey. I think she’s hilarious, brilliant, beautiful and my wife is totally cool with the fake muse for my song.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I just sat down at the piano, and the first thing that hit the piano was the intro melody part, quickly followed by the lyric “She’s my one telephone call.” As a song writer, once you hit quick stride like that, you want to keep pulling on the thread and see where it leads. This one led straight to Zoey Deutch, haha.
I understand the song has nothing to do with the actress, so it begs the question – why her?
Shit, I kinda just answered this question. But yea, totally 100% based off of my personal love story with my wife, but I wanted a good hook. So Zoey Deutch felt good to me. So there it is!
Any plans to release a video for the single?
This little virus is doing a number on the entire world, entertainment is not in anyway exempt. I had planned on it, and am actually still seeing if we can get creative and pull it off in different parts of the country. Long story short, totally working on it!
How was the recording and writing process?
Really fun! Kenny Carkeet is like a world class studio guy. Knows his stuff inside and out. I spent years touring in Awolnation with Kenny, and we have a really good working repport, so I love recording music with him. He engineered the song, while I self produced and played all the instruments. NOT SO FAST! Kenny played guitars on it.
What is it about the 80s that you find so fascinating?
Haha, okay so there are many different eras that ended up in the 80’s. I really dig some of the R&B influence that melded within the 80’s tones. Like anything Bill Champlin did with David Foster and Chicago on 16 & 17, Toto with both both Bobby Kimball and Joseph Williams, and I love all the Beach Boys eras, but I was really fond of the 80’s stuff. Basically, Kokomo kicked ass to me. Something about how Carl Wilson’s voice sat in some of those BB 80’s jams that just give me chills.
How has Toto and Beach Boys influenced the writing on this project?
I can’t escape some of these groups. They are so embedded in my DNA, that it’s hard for me to pull away from those influences when I’m writing a song. Lee Loughnane, a founding member of the group Chicago, was a huge influence on me. He is a good family friend, and I had a birds eye view into these absolute musical gangsters growing up. He taught me really expensive chords on piano and guitar, and from there I just started writing my own music. He is still in my life to this day. Very grateful for his friendship and guidance through all of this.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Very much so, yes! I had already planned on recording the follow up, but for obvious reasons it has been pushed back. (Stay at home law.) As soon as we can get back out into the world, I will record the follow up.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
God, I have a couple in mind. I’m pretty sure it’s a song I wrote called Mexico. It’s Kokomo on steroids, and I fucking love it.
Any plans to hit the road?
Not to keep bringing up the elephant in the room, but until our little stay at home law is lifted, I’m only serenading my small children. I would LOVE to get back on the road as soon as possible.
What else is happening next in ZIMINY’s world?
New music, video, shows, new faces and new friendships. When we get out the other end of this will be a time of celebration and love. I pray for those who have lost so much and hope my music will touch and inspire anyone who needs it.