Back in March after a Charlie Puth concert, I got to briefly meet Tyler Zarzeka. Zarzeka is currently playing the drums in Charlie's band. So I have been lucky enough to ask Tyler some questions about his career in drumming, and about him. Here is what he had to say.
(AD) When and how did drumming start for you?
(TZ) "I started drumming very very late in life. At least compared to every other drummer I've EVER met. hah. I started when i was 16 by drumming on notebooks and binders before school with the first pair of drum sticks my dad gave me. He said if after a year i still wanted to play drums, he would buy me a set. So in November of 2003 i got my first kit. Still have it. So its now been 13 years and still love it as much as i did when i was 16. But the REASON i started drumming was of course Travis Barker. Saw Blink play live and knew that day, i wanted to play in front of thousands of people on tour. And now, here i am..."
(AD) What's the first song you learned to play on the drums?
(TZ) " "Ben" by FenixTX. It was a cover for one of the first bands I was in. Very straight forward pop punk song. "
(AD) What's an instrument you would like to learn to play?
(TZ) "I would love to play the violin. And or piano. We were required to learn scales on piano in music school, but never took it further besides learning a Coldplay song or two. Haha "
(AD) Who are some of your biggest influences and why?
(TZ) "Definitely my mom and dad. They're the reason I'm doing music. Not because they're musicians, far from it. But because they pushed me to pursue my dreams.
(AD) What are some of your favorite cities you've been to while on tour?
(TZ) "Hmmm, this is a tough one because every city has its perks. But I do love visiting London, the British culture is right up my alley. And can't go wrong with NYC, Paris, and Dubai. "
(AD) What's your next big project and how are you preparing?
(TZ) "That's a really good question. I tend to work for multiple artists at the same time but since Charlie is keeping me so busy, I have no time for anything else. I estimate that in 2017 I will have some downtime and will start to work more on drum videos for YouTube content."
(AD) And when you're not drumming or working on music what do you like to do?
(TZ) "I love going to the movies. There's something amazing about sitting in a dark theatre and for 2 hours get lost with your imagination and forget about the "outside" world. I could easily go to 3 movies a week with my best friend Keith, when I'm home of course."
(AD) Favorite song to sing in the car?
(TZ) " "Is it any wonder" by Keane "
(AD) If you could be anyone for a day who would it be?
(TZ) "Elon Musk"
(AD) Favorite food?
(TZ) "Mexican Food"
(AD) Favorite thing to watch on tv?
(TZ) "Cosmos "
Singer/song-writer Liz Bissonette is steadily climbing up with her witty lyrics and guitar. She's pushing 5,000 twitter followers from all over the world, and her youtube page almost at 2,000 subscribers. (Above is her most recent song.) Liz has had put on her own concerts for local fans!
I managed to hang out with her among a few others after a Charlie Puth concert back in March. From the thousands of views on her youtube videos to singing onstage with Kelsea Ballerini this girl is going places, and heres the interview I did over email with the very well-spoken Liz Bissonette!
(AD) What started this whole singing thing for you? And what drives you to keep pursuing it?
(LB) "I've always loved singing, i've been singing for as long as I can remember. But when it came to pursuing it, it was all the females in the industry that were killing it (especially Taylor Swift). I loved seeing everyone do what they love and it made me love singing even more, which gave me the dream I have!"
(AD) Who are some of your major role models in life?
(LB) "When it comes to my top role models I call them The Holy Trinity hahaha. It's Taylor Swift, Kelsea Ballerini and Charlie Puth. Taylor inspires me in the fact that she makes me feel comfortable with sharing my feels through music. She makes me feel like my songs and feelings are valid, and like they deserve to be said. My favorite thing about Kelsea is that no matter what song she writes, no matter how sad a break up or anything like that, there's always a sense of women empowerment in her music. There's always that little meaning of "you hurt me really bad, but I'm going to be fine without you." And when it comes to Charlie, I love how in sync he is with everything. Not only is he a singer, but he's a songwriter, and a producer. He really knows what he's doing and you can tell it absolutely consumes him. I look up to him so much for that, it really inspires me."
(AD) Do you prefer signing covers or your own songs?
(LB) " I love singing both!! My favorite thing about singing covers is putting my own vibe to someone else's song, I think it's so cool. I also love that I can tell my story and feelings through someone else's music. When it comes to singing my songs, I love it and I also get a little nervous because I'm more vulnerable. I love watching people's faces when I sing my music. I love hearing people sing the words back. It's everything I could ask for."
(AD) How much of your music comes from your own life? And what's your rule with privacy and your career?
(LB) " I write my songs about what I go through in my life and what I deal with every day. Every song of mine his large amounts of truth behind it. It's harder for me to write songs about things I never went through or experienced. If you told me a name of my song, I could give you the name of the person that it's about/that inspired it. When it comes to privacy, I keep my home life to myself unless I write about it. I don't talk about that much. But when it comes to songs about boys, there's one that a lot of people know who it's about. He even knows I wrote it about him. I don't have a rule where I keep the subject of my songs top secret, but I do like to keep them to myself a lot of the time. "
(AD) Where do you want to see yourself in 5 years musically?
(LB) "In 5 years, I would love to see myself working with a label and still making music. I hope no matter where I am in my life I'm making music."
(AD) Favorite song to sing in the car?
(LB) "My favorite song to sing in the car is "Peter Pan" by Kelsea Ballerini. I relate to it so much, like most people, and I find comfort in belting it while driving around. I also love jamming to some Hannah Montana in the car. HANNAH MONTANA 4 LIFE."
(AD) Of course, describe singing with Kelsea Ballerini!
(LB) "Singing with Kelsea Ballerini was hands down the coolest experience of my life. I've been fortunate to experience a lot of amazing things, but this is my highlight. I got to watch her hit the stage from backstage and seeing her walk out and absolutely kill it was so cool. She treated me just like a friend. When I walked out on stage I couldn't stop thinking, "this is real, and this is what I want to do every day for the rest of my life." I'm so incredibly thankful she shared her time with me. I'm so happy I got to do my favorite thing in the world with one of my favorite people."
Quick fire question
(AD) Favorite instrument to play?
(LB) "the guitar!!"
(AD) Favorite movie?
(LB) "stuck in love"
(AD) What is your favorite past time activity other than music?
(LB) "watching private practice or youtube"
(AD) Favorite concert you've been to?
(LB) "the 1989 tour"
(AD) Favorite type of clothing to wear?
(AD) Favorite comfort food/drink?
(LB) "oreos or a chocolate shake"
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For those who do not know who B.o.B is....
And if you still do not know him, heres a song he did with Taylor Swift.
It all started with a tweet from 98.7 Amp Radio, a local Detroit radio station. They said to retweet for a chance to meet b.o.b. So Of course I did and pretty quickly forgot about it. A couple weeks later (I believe) I got a message directly from 98.7 on twitter saying I had won two passes to go meet him the DAY BEFORE! The meet and great was a Monday and I quickly convinced my mom to let me skip school and meet the guy who's song is in Pitch Perfect. My friend Rachel was kind enough to use the second ticket and drive us there. We were the first ones there and were sat in a meeting room with fancy leather seats and big 'ole smart board. In total there were six of us. (Including a guy named Moe who is amazing and I still run into at concerts now and again). We were finally allowed to go to the back of the studio where b.o.b and is crew were. There was a lot of them and I wasn't sure who was who at first, but the manager stood up and let rachel sit closer to b.o.b himself.
Now I have met quite a few people. But I can honesty say b.o.b was probably one of the nicest, warmest, and real people I have met. He sees his music as art and is ver passionate about it which is amazing. we got to laugh with him and talk with him.
When we stood to get a picture, I asked how it was working with Taylor Swift. He kind of paused and looked at me oddly and goes, "Well.... She knows what she wants." Very quickly, then changes the topic.
Overall this was a really cool experience and he was SO kind, and had tons of gold jewlery.
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