Zach Deputy

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Zach Deputy
Birth name Zachry Deputy
Origin Bluffton, South Carolina, United States
Genres Funk, calypso, soul, hip hop, jazz, reggae, jam, acoustic rock
Occupations Musician
Instruments Guitar, vocals, drums
Labels United For Opportunity, Eusonia Records
Website www.zachdeputy.com

Zach Deputy is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter based in Savannah, GA and best known for his live looping shows. He describes his style as "island-infused drum n' bass gospel ninja soul."[1]

Biography[edit]

Deputy has a diverse ethnic background, having Puerto Rican, Irish, African, British, French, and Cherokee heritage,[2] which opens him to influence from Latin, Caribbean, and African music.[3] Deputy's music is often about "the highs of life," and he has said that songwriting is a way to "take pictures of thie things that I want to remind myself of 10 years from now."[3]

Deputy began looping when his bass player couldn't make it to a show and Zach decided to use a delay pedal as a looping pedal rather than cancel the gig.[2] When he plays live, he will loop and layer chord progressions, bass, beat boxing, drum sounds, vocals, and guitar.[4] He performs with four microphones: a vocal synthesizer for choir sounds; one for high-hat, snare, and back-beat; one for main vocals, and one for vocal bass or bass drum.[5] His looping shows are known for their variety. "There are so many different ways it can happen. I can loop my guitar first, go into drums or loop a vocal riff first or straight into beat boxing and loop it or just go acoustic. It's very free formed. Every show can be extremely different from another. I try to have little consistency when it comes to my show. I never want to get bored with myself."[3] His fans will seek out live recordings of particular shows because each is so unique.

Deputy spends most of the year touring and at one time averaged 300 shows a year.[3] His performances are mostly one-man-band looping shows, but also include Zach Deputy Band shows and acoustic storyteller shows. He has played many large festivals such as Jam Cruise, Mountain Jam, High Sierra Music Festival, Gathering of the Vibes, and All Good Music Festival.

Deputy's third album, Another Day (2011), departed from eclectic sound of his first two records into a soulful rhythm and blues, showcasing his talents as a songwriter. The album was recorded over 5 days at Mission Sound Recording in Brooklyn, NY with Grammy-winning producer Scott Jacoby and released on Eusonia Records.[6] Of the album, Deputy said, "I wanted to put down some of the songs that I just played when I was hanging out by myself, when I wasn’t actually trying to entertain anybody. Some people say they don’t understand and it’s a whole new direction, but for me it’s a not a whole new direction, it’s just something I do."[2]

Zach Deputy is an avid disc golf player. He is a Celebrity Ambassador for Innova Discs[3] and his passion for the sport has been featured on CNN.[7] In March 2013, he hosted the first annual Zach Deputy's Disc Jam, a music and disc golf festival in Live Oak, FL.[8]

Discography[edit]

  • Out of the Water (2008)
  • Sunshine (2009)
  • Into The Morning (EP) (2011)
  • Another Day (2011)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Zach Deputy". www.zachdeputy.com. Retrieved 2013-05-30. 
  2. ^ a b c Miller, Abby. "An Interview with Zach Deputy". OurVinyl. Retrieved 2013-05-30. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Parsons, Tim (October 18, 2012). "Anhyzers by the day, loops at night: Zach Deputy tours Tahoe". Tahoe Daily Tribune. Retrieved 2013-05-30. 
  4. ^ Ricciardi, Tiney (Nov 15, 2011). "On Deck With Zach Deputy". Dallas Observer. Retrieved 2013-05-30. 
  5. ^ Shea, Jeremiah (December 18, 2012). "What They Know About Me: An Interview with Zach Deputy". ArtVoice. Retrieved 2013-05-30. 
  6. ^ "Zach Deputy". Hoplite. Retrieved 2013-05-30. 
  7. ^ Musician: Frisbee golf is my therapy. CNN. Retrieved 2013-05-30. 
  8. ^ "Zach Deputy's Disc Jam". Retrieved 2013-05-30.