We had the good fortune of connecting with Zach Brose and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Zach, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
This has always been pretty tricky for me to navigate but I know I’ve reached a balance when I’m generally content and the work is going well even if that means that things aren’t exactly where I want them to be. It’s a constant battle. It’s so easy to feel like you should be working all the time and to fall into a place where you do. At some point, I see diminishing returns if I don’t take a step back and reassess when I get to that place. It makes the work better when I balance it with things like an active social life and other interests. I’m very much of the mindset that nobody is one-dimensional and diversifying your work and interests all play into one another. It all feeds you and, therefore, is reflected in your work.

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’m a songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist. I’ve played on records as an instrumentalist, produced records and have written and released a few of my own in-between. I’m also a member of the band Kansas Plates and Ar.birn. I really thrive on variety in my work and I try not to get stuck in one area or genre for too long. My thoughts are that they all feed into each other and I like being surprised when I find that that thing I wrote 4 years ago has some application on a record I’m producing now. I grew up in Minneapolis, MN and moved to LA about a year ago to pursue music further. Minneapolis has a relatively small but very tight scene that made it easy to meet other musicians and play shows regularly but ultimately I was eager to try something different. Moving to a new expansive scene like LA during a pandemic has had its challenges though. It’s really organic to meet people at shows and create relationships around a mutual love of music but because shows aren’t happening right now, meeting new people has been pretty slow. I’m excited for things to reopen and to be a more active part of the community.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I haven’t lived in LA long, but I would definitely take them to some of the natural wonders of the state of California. Between the ocean and the national parks, you really can’t go wrong. LA is so expansive. I feel like I would be making as many discoveries as they would be at this point. The Huntington Gardens would be another beautiful place to visit as well as some of the amazing museums here in LA. There’s a guitar shop in Silverlake named Old Style that I really like to pop into. A great mix of old, weird and experimental instruments and amps to check out. Amoeba records for vinyl needs. If this friend visited six months from now, we would definitely be checking out some shows. As far as food and drink, SK’s donuts near where I live, Courage Bagels which takes the cake on any bagel I think I’ve ever had, La Morra Pizza’s Bianco is ricotta heaven. I’m still making a list.

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’d like to dedicate my shoutout to Jessica Manning who is my partner in life. Without her constant support and love I don’t really know where I’d be. She is truly the thing that tethers me to this Earth.

Website: zachbrose.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/zach_brose/

Other: zachbrose.bandcamp.com Kansasplates.bandcamp.com arbirn.bandcamp.com

Image Credits
Mariah Crabb Morey Lindquist Jessica Manning

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