ARTIST INTERVIEW QUESTIONNAIRE
[ArtistPR] – Thanks for taking the time to further your music career with this Artist Interview!
- Tell us about yourself and your music
[OZ] – First of all thank you ArtistPR for doing my interview.
I am a guitar player, composer, arranger, producer, and a teacher from Delhi, India.
My pursuit of music reflects my life experiences and personal journey. From Rock, Latin, Country, Blues, Gospel to Metal, jazz and Funk, I absorb and learn from all genres, which hopefully fuse as one and come together as one, as my personal expression, my personal style. I am also a certified guitar instructor’s trainer for Yamaha Music in India.
Currently I am working on various projects under my own banner Obed Zeme, which is a charitable humanitarian body that endeavours to touch lives through education, social awareness initiative and building support group. The philosophy behind Obed Zeme’s that Music is more than mere entertainment. Young lovers of music can deeply engage with their social realities and contribute greatly in making a better society. It also attempts to give dignity and respect to musicians who are often stereotyped and associated with drugs and negative elements. It focuses on grooming young talents and promoting them to become independent and responsible professionals.
My band mostly do guitar instrumental but we also have songs in the set list.
- Talk to us more about your latest release and copy your Soundcloud link if you have one.
I have not release any new stuff recently but do check out my experimental guitar instrumental album called ‘Canaan Caravan’,which was released at blueFrog Delhi India on the 25th of July 2014. It encompasses different genres like ballad, rock, latin, country, funk, jazz, and blues. Canaan Caravan is not one season recording but a consolidation of songs written in the last decade 2000-2008. The album seeks to connect with the Higher power through music. It conveys my vision for Peace and Harmony amongst all peoples.
Sorry am not active at soundcloud so please do find me here :
- What inspired you to write this release?
These are captured moments of my feelings, emotions and expressions on my instrument from my daily life.
- Describe the writing and recording process
Over the years, whenever I have a melody ringing in my mind, I used to record as much as I get time, but it has always been for myself and never as an album project, as I said earlier, these are captured moments of my feelings, emotions and expressions on my instrument.
So, in the process I sometimes record the guitar melody lines first and do the guitar rhythm tracks later and sometimes if I come across interesting chord progression than I record them first and find the melody later. After having written out and recorded the basic structure of the song I used to invite my musician friends to record other instruments. Over time I realized I have piled up over 24 songs which is already sufficient to be compiled in two volumes. So I thought I should put them together before I lose them. Otherwise it was likely to stay in a studio computer forever.
- Any plans to release a video? Include the YouTube link if available.
Not immediately, but I plan to do a video from the album itself.
- Any plans to hit the road? Include any tour or concert dates, times and locations.
Of course I am planning this year to gig around in India if not anywhere but nothing is finalized at the moment.
- As an indie artist, how do you brand yourself and your music to stand out from the rest of the artists out there?
Explosive and lyrical is the word I wanna use here. I try to combine the different styles of music with melodic soloing skillfully in my playing to create passionate music.
- Who have you been listening to lately?
I have been listening to musicians like Greg Howe, Guthrie Govan, Larry Carlton, Fourplay,
Victor Wooten, Richard Bona and U2 and more.
- Who are your biggest influences?
It’s very difficult to answer this question for a person like me who likes and learn from many genres. Earlier influences were Yngwie Malmsteen, Vinnie Moore, Eagles, Toto, Albert Lee and more but as you grow as a musician your taste changes, Fourplay, Larry Carlton, Greg Howe, Tony Mc Alpine are few I listen to now.
- Tell us about your passions. Besides music, what gets you out of bed in the morning?
I like being in the mixing consoles whether in the recording studio or live show. That’s what I do if I am not doing my music. I like long drive as well.
- What else is happening next in your world?
Right now am spending most of my time at home with my one and a five months old daughter Zozo and my wife Konei.
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