Musician Interview! : Zachary Cale

Please read below for an interview with Zachary Cale. Zachary will next be performing tomorrow (March 10) night at Union Pool in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.¬† Zachary is opening at 9pm. Steve Gunn and Wooden Wand are also on the bill. Set your clocks ahead so you can be on time! ūüôā

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When did you first realize you wanted to be a musician? What was that process like?

I think I was about 14 when I started telling myself that’s what I wanted to do, even if it was a complete fantasy. ¬†When I got my first guitar all I would do is turn the amp up loud and make the worst noise possible. ¬†It came pretty quick though, and within a year you couldn’t separate me from the thing. ¬†That’s about the time when I started skipping class, going straight home and playing guitar for 5 hours a day. ¬†Not sure if you can call that a process, more like an obsession.

How does a sense of geography affect your work?

It probably affects my music more than I realize. ¬†You can definitely hear it in the lyrics, certain phrases that describe a scene or environment. ¬† It’s not something that’s intentional though. ¬†When I was a kid I lived overseas, my parents were teaching in the International school system so by the time I was 16 I saw a lot of the world. ¬†My family and friends are spread out over many continents so the idea of home is an abstract concept for me. ¬†I think I’m always looking for it though.

What is the creative process like for you? How are you inspired?

This is a tough question, and it’s one that every songwriter is asked. ¬†There’s really no clear answer though. ¬†Everyone approaches writing differently. ¬†I remember reading something about Townes Van Zandt, where he was asked how he wrote a certain song and he said something like “I was just lucky enough to be sitting in that chair that day.” That pretty much sums it up for me. ¬†As far as inspiration goes, it’s everywhere. Just depends if your senses are sharp enough to hold on to it. ¬†It could be a phrase from a conversation you overhear, a sudden change in the weather, the first time you pick up the guitar that day, the book you just read, being sleep deprived, a headline in the newspaper, existential unease, or a scene from the dream you had last night. Continue reading

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