Monday, April 20, 2009
I stumbled across Zach Spencer on MySpace and absolutely fell in love with his song, "Letting You In!" Well Zach has a new EP out and it is just as heartfelt and moving as his earlier efforts. Open for Discussion had a chance to chat with Zach and ask a few questions.
O.D. What have you been up to and what are you working on now?
Z.S. I recently released a five song EP.
O.D. How did you get started in music?
Z.S. I grew up in a small town with a population of about three -thousand people. We had two stop lights and a bunch of corn. Both of my parents played in a band. My dad sings and plays guitar and my mother played the tambourine. My father still plays in a band called "Geezer."
O.D. What was your first album purchase?
Z.S. Boyz II Men.
O.D. What is your favorite song on the new album?
Z.S. "Change is Coming."
O.D. What do you know now that you wished you knew when you first started?
Z.S. Don't be afraid to make mistakes. Follow your instincts.
O.D. Any regrets?
Z.S. No regrets! It's all a journey. You should have fun as you're learning.
O.D. Where do you see yourself in five years?
Z.S. Hopefully I can convince someone to let me do this for a living. I'd love to still live in Nashville and tour.
O.D. Any hints you can pass along to aspiring musicians?
Z.S. Believe in yourself. Learn from others. Be humble.
O.D. Do you do any touring?
Z.S. Nashville mostly. I hope to go on tour this summer!
O.D. Any battle scars?
Z.S. I was playing a gig in St. Louis and the stage was wet. The cords weren't taped down. I fell on my ass. That was one of the first bands I played with back in high school.
O.D. Do you have a favorite venue?
Z.S. I love to play at Rutledge in Nashville. The sound guys are great! Busch Stadium would be the ultimate!
O.D. If they asked you to do the National Anthem would you do it?
Z.S. That would be awesome!
O.D. Is there anyone you'd like to meet?
Z.S. Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, and Tom Petty! They seem to transcend through time. I'd love to write a song with them!O.D. Do you have a routine when coming up with new material?
Z.S. I started when I was fifteen. It's different everytime. It randomly pops in my head. If I'm driving down the road I try to record it on my phone.
O.D. Do you have any hobbies?
Z.S. I love sports. I'm a Cardinals and Titans fan.
O.D. Do you have a day job?
Z.S. I work in a hotel to pay the bills.
I'm sure we will be hearing more from this twenty-four year old from Nashville! If you'd like to check him out, he's on MySpace! You can also find his album, "When I Found You," on Itunes and his online store.