Nine Questions with Zeiss

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Name: Zeiss

Birthplace: Long Island, New York

Currently residing: New York

Musical past and present in one rambling run-on sentence: I started singing and songwriting when I was in the seventh grade and from there it just kind of went off into something even bigger and I realized how much I loved it and that this would be the rest of my life hands down so I started putting together my songs into a best of the best list worth making an album from and after that I started booking shows and that routine has kind of become just my way of life.

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1. Who are some of your favourite composers, musicians and bands from the past and present?

My favorite musicians etc are far and in between. To list a few : Elvis Presley, Billy Joel, Ray Charles, Tom Jones, Muddy Waters, BB King, Jackie Wilson, Jim Croce, Nick Waterhouse, Paolo Nutini, Lenny Kravitz, Dean Martin, Bobby Darin, The Everly Brothers, Luciano Pavoratti.

2. Is there a particular song or musical passage that never fails to move you emotionally?

The song that hits me the same every single time would have to be Pavoratti’s “Nessun Dorma“. And I’ll be honest, I have no clue what he’s saying. But it almost doesn’t matter. The passion and raw emotion of the vocals are heart warming and so incredibly moving. The first time I heard the song I sincerely got choked up.

3. How would you describe your perfect day?

To me my perfect day is being creative with music. And I’m not just saying that for the sake of this answer. I don’t truly enjoy my day unless it includes doing something regarding the creativity with my music. Naturally a sunny day and a cheese burger wouldn’t be so bad either.

4. What would your friends say they appreciate the most about you?

I think my friends would say they appreciate my straight forward hold no punches honesty. And that would probably go hand in hand with my knack for levity.

5. What is your most valued material possession?

I would say my most valued material possession would have to be my necklace. It was my grandfathers, and when he passed away I began wearing it. He was a person who I truly looked up to and aspired to be like.

6. Who were you, or would you be nervous to meet?

I would most likely mess myself if I had the opportunity to meet Billy Joel. That man is a modern marvel, a lyrical and musical genius. He is the kind of artist where people 200 years from now will still be talking about him and his music.

7. If you could blink your eyes and be in a favourite place right now, where would that place be?

It would hands down be Lake George, NY. Lake George puts me at ease almost immediately. There is this serenity in Lake George that is beautiful. The mountains, the crisp fresh water, the kind and warm people, all while remaining in my home of New York.

8. Is there something you would like to do more of in the future?

I would like to just continue doing what I love in the future. That’s really the only thing I can hope for. A life of music and enjoyment.

9. Where would you like to find yourself in ten years?

On the stage of Madison Square Garden…and being able to say “Wow, can’t believe this is my 15th time playing here” ha.

 

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