Zachary Kibbee sat down with BareBones Ent to talk about his release, Songs From the Mud and how he draws fans in! Take a look below and see what all he had to say!
BS: How would you best describe your music for someone who hasn’t heard it before?
ZK: My music is best described as blues inspired rock, not unlike The Black Keys, Jet and other bands in that realm. The songs are about everyday occurrences and problems people face. Relationships, addiction, depression, and the strength to keep moving forward are common themes in music.
BS: What do you feel it is about you as an artist that draws fans in?
ZK: I hope it’s my songwriting, but I’ll rely on my good looks and charm if I have to. But in all seriousness, I think I sing about things that are relatable and can be understood by a lot of people. I have also spent years working on songwriting as a skill, not just getting good at playing but getting good at writing. And I think my writing style is enjoyable because I don’t try to do too much. I rely on good melodies and simple progressions to carry my lyrics and stories.
BS: What typically inspires your music?
ZK: I’ve always been inspired by blues and blues based music. But I’m also a huge Eagles and Red Hot Chili Peppers fan, and I think some of that comes across in my music. I’m often inspired by hearing a great song on the radio or at a show, and I just want to write a song as good as that! When you hear a really great song you sort of escape for a second into a different world that is just so vibrant and colorful, at least I do.
BS: You have a new release coming up soon. What can you tell us about it?
ZK: My first full-length album, Songs From The Mud, comes out May 3rd and I couldn’t be more excited about it! It’s been a long road to get here, over 2 years of writing and recording over 30 songs to get to this point. Many of the songs on the album have been used in TV shows and movies to this point including “The Drop” (film, 2014) and “Burying the Ex” (film, 2015). I have tour dates that coincide with its release and it will be available everywhere you can listen to music these days.
BS: What do you think it is about this release that makes it special?
ZK: This is my first full-length album I’ve ever put out as a solo artist. I’ve been writing this record for over 2 years and I’ve poured just so many hours into making it what it is and I think it’s a great record. Every song has a special meaning to me, whether I can listen and look back to when I was writing it or what I was writing about, or hearing how far I’ve come as a songwriter compared to the 17 year old kid sitting in my room with a 4-track cassette recorder, these songs are very close to my heart and soul and I just can’t wait for people to finally get to listen!
BS: What song do you feel people are most going to relate to and why?
ZK: I really think that people can easily relate to “See Right Through You,” the first single. It’s about relationships and problems that go along with them; old baggage, fear of opening up, and other issues that can grind on a relationship that I think most people experience at some point in their lives. Everyone has been with a person that they feel is slipping away or not growing with them, and that’s what this song is about.
BS: Anything special planned for the release to celebrate?
ZK: I’m playing an Album Release party at The Satellite in Silverlake on May 3rd to celebrate the release of the album. There are also tour dates to go along with the release leading up to and after the album is out. A new music video, my first, will be released around the same time as the album for the single “See Right Through You.”
BS: What’s next for you after this comes out?
ZK: We’re hitting the road. My road band The Brave Ones will join me for tour dates up and down the coast and around the southwest. More info on that is available on my website at ZacharyKibbee.com.
BS: Have you started planning any tours, that you can share with us?
ZK: I’m always adding tour dates on my website and I love to play out as much as possible. We’re going as far as Seattle in early June with stops in the bay, Central California and Oregon on the way.
BS: What is the best way for fans to get in touch with you?
ZK: I’m pretty easy to get a hold of on Facebook or through my website. But I’m also on Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat so reach out anyway you’d like, and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.
BS: Anything else you would like to say to your fans out there?
ZK: I hope you go out and buy my new album, Songs From The Mud, available May 3rd! And please check my website or BandsInTown or any other place to see if I’m coming to a city near you! I’d love to meet you and share a beer with you. I’ve put my heart and soul into this album and if it brings anyone out there even a moment of happiness then it was worth it. Drop me a line and we’ll have a chat. Cheers!