INTERVIEW: Zachary Kibbee

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

Hey, thanks so much for having me! I’ve been pretty good, all things considered! 

Can you talk to us more about your latest single split “Somewhere To Put My Gold / Come Back”?

These are two of my favorite songs from my upcoming album “Life In Low Fidelity” due for release on July 31st worldwide. These two songs really capture the essence of the album and the direction I am heading towards. I thought they would be a great “first representation” of the album.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write these songs?

“Come Back” really isn’t about any one scenario or event in my life, but rather a collection of events dealing with people coming and ultimately going. I know I use the word ‘baby’ in the song but it’s really not a love song at all. It’s as much about friendships as anything else, and how some friendships fade even when you don’t want them to.

“Somewhere To Put My Gold” is a slightly more fun and easy going story. I got in a studio with my good friends Frank Palazzolo and Eric McNeely to write together. Frank had mentioned that he liked my ‘swag’ and style in my music and lyrics, and then brought up rappers and hip-hop artists and how they talk about money. Then he literally just said “somewhere to put my gold” and I loved it! Four hours later, we had a finished song, and it’s really one of my favorites on the album.

Any plans to release any sort of videos for the tracks?

I do have plans for music videos, but I’m keeping that under wraps right now. 

Tell us about the bonus song on the split. How did you come to team with Jessica Childress?

Jessica Childress is such a wonderful person and an amazing talent. I was fortunate enough to work with her because we have the same publishing company and they thought we’d work well together. “Stay With You” came about so organically actually. Jessica and I, along with Dan Schechter who co-wrote the tune with us, were just talking about love songs and Motown. She brought up church as a child while reminiscing in the beauty of gospel music. Then I said to her, “Let’s go to church” (musically speaking), and she put her hands on the piano and just started singing while I frantically wrote down what I thought she was saying. It was as simple as that. We wrote it in about 20 minutes, she laid down one amazingly beautiful take, which ended up being the final take, and that was that. 

How was the recording and writing process?

This album took a long time, not because of my conflict in vision or anything, but because I really wanted an album that I could cherish. I brought in so many talented people to help me with these songs – writers, producers and other vocalists. I took my time because I wanted to get it right. I believe this album is a huge step forward for me musically and I can’t wait to share it with the world. 

What role does Los Angeles play in your music?   

Los Angeles plays an enormous part in my music. I’ve always called myself ‘Rock n Roll with SoCal style’ and I really think that sums me up. In my music, you can hear so much influence from LA bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers, whom I love, The Eagles and even Sublime. But more than that I think I’ve really embraced the scene and lifestyle of Los Angeles. I’ve lived here my whole life, so I don’t really know any other way. 

Which artists have influenced your writing?

Honestly, almost anything I hear can influence my writing. From the classics like The Eagles and Beatles, to Yellawolf and Cage The Elephant. I dig Motown, modern indie music, Soul, Rock, Blues. 

How’s your new album coming along?

It’s coming out July 31st and I’m really excited about it! 

Any plans to hit the road once it’s safe?

To be honest, I am missing the road a lot these days. Thankfully, I got in a small European tour just before the shutdown, but before that I was touring consistently since 2016 – over 4 months of the year. I cannot wait to get back on the road!

What else is happening next in Zachary Kibbee’s world?

After my album is released, more music videos, etc. will follow. But beyond that, I am looking to 2021 as far as my next move! It’s a strange time and no one really knows what will happen. But I for one am not one to sit around waiting for the bus, I’m going to keep on truckin’ and find my way back to the road I was on before the world had to hit the pause button. 

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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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