We had the good fortune of connecting with Bazooka Zac and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bazooka, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I’ve always felt running my own business would allow me the freedom to pursue my passions and curiosities to the fullest extent. Starting my own music production business keeps me on my toes, learning the latest technologies, and appreciating the latest trends and influences. The freedom to explore my potential on my own time makes me work harder, and smarter, than I might if I had a guaranteed/fixed income to look forward to.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a music producer and performer that blends electric and organic elements in real-time. Meaning, I play Ableton Push, a futuristic digital instrument, in beautiful locations like the Grand Canyon or Half Moon Bay and mint the performances as 1/1 NFTs. I sample the surrounding wind, waves, and birds and incorporate them into a lush mix of electronic and organic soundscapes. I’m excited to explore the natural beauty all around the world and create music in all types of moods and environments. My journey through the electronic music world has been unique in that I don’t feel drawn to crowds, light shows, and late nights. I truly feel resonate with my craft when I have my headphones on watching a slow sunset melt before me. It’s an often solitary joy, and pain, of creation.
My brand is demystifying the process of electronic music production. I create my beats 100% live in the moment and focus more on the performative element than the reception of the music. It’s truly a craft of self discovery in this lens, and less of a party trick. My hope is that others with a similar mindset will appreciate this approach and the sound design that goes into creating each performance.
I face an endless list of challenges with my craft, most pressing as of late, monetizing my work. Through NFTs I hope to build a small and dedicated group of collectors who appreciate how unique my approach is. Through building an online presence, I hope to connect with creators from around the globe who need sound for their upcoming projects.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I grew up an obsessed skateboarder, so cruising the boardwalk of Venice Beach was my paradise. I love the graffiti walls, epic street performances, and most of all, the skatepark on the beach. Nowadays, I’m more drawn to the natural beauty of Griffith Park, Franklin Canyon, or a weekend getaway to Joshua Tree National Park. I would love to take friends to the local jazz lounges like the Baked Potato, Blue Whale, and Catalina Jazz Clubs. We would definitely have to grab some world-class vegan food at Cross-Roads kitchen too!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to thank one of my first online friends, Chris Sebo, for sharing my music with the world. Chris is an absolutely phenomenal artist based in Hawaii. I recently took a big turn in my music career and have been focusing on developing my web services to a wide array of clients. My goal is to provide soundscapes for NFTs, video games, movies, podcasts, etc. Performing was my bread and butter for the past decades, but I’m shifting more into providing sonic services for fellow creatives. Chris was one of the first artists on Instagram that dug my sound and starting sharing my music on all of his reels. He is one of the first people to really grab onto my sound and start branding his own art with it, I love the synergy.
Other: OpenSea NFT Collection – https://opensea.io/collection/permanent-dreamscape
All photos by Lisa DeFurio