Composing a groove between Pop Instrumental and World Fusion
Catch him at LoveCraft this Saturday – October 10th — grab your tickets here!
1. What’s your band’s name? Where’d the name come from?
Adam Zuniga, guitarist and recording artist from San Antonio, Texas with my group, Adam Zuniga Trio. I originally planned a solo performance this time but may be joined at this event by 1 or more NYC musicians.
2. The Yellow Collar Collective is all about the daily grind musicians go through to perfect their craft, what has been your biggest struggle and accomplishment as a musician?
The biggest challenge for me as instrumental artist has been to find similar artists to book a live show with. My music falls somewhere between pop instrumental and World Fusion and for many instrumental groups, they are either overtly Jazz or a regional genre. The advantage I have is that my music is accessible, even for songs that draw from World music influences. The pop aspect of my music gives me opportunities that are often not available for more esoteric or regional music.
3. What other instruments can you and your fellow band members play?
I perform and record all the instruments that I release on my albums, so I do a little of everything, but my main concentration is guitar.
4. Why’d you start making music and why specifically did you choose your genre?
I started making music so that I could give others what music has provided for me: a soundtrack that serves as a companion for life and inspires the listener, raising their vibration on some level.
5. Do you have any memorable musical experiences that have shaped who you guys are?
I have had the opportunity to travel quite a bit, and having that opportunity has inspired the World Fusion aspect of my music. Places like South Africa, Egypt, Israel, France, Italy, Spain, and the Caribbean can make an indelible mark on a musician like me, and I’ve been inspired by what I’ve heard. It can be felt in the music I write.
6. Have you ever released any albums or are working on any now? Any special projects?
I’ve released three full length albums, and this year, I decided to release tracks,one at a time as singles. This gives my listeners access to the most current material I’m working on.
7. Do you collaborate with other artists? Inside and outside your genre?
I’m working with Austin-based Hours Quiet on an EP that will be available later this fall. For that project, I use electric guitars and a vast assortment of ambient guitar effects, lush reverbs and delays. That genre is hard to nail down, but our early demos have been compared to Muse meets Radiohead meets Postal Service.
8. What venues and events have you performed at in the past five years? Which has been your favorite?
Some of my favorites include Tammany Hall in New York and the Tobin Center in San Antonio, a new performing arts center. Other memorable experiences include providing guitar for multi-platinum, Latin-based artists like David Bisbal and Ana Barbara for their live television appearances on Univision.
9. How do you acquire shows and promote yourself? Do you have any recommendations for other artists?
Between San Antonio and Austin, there are many showcases happening all year long that give artists an opportunity to get on the radar of venues and booking managers. I’ve also taken advantage of the high tourist presence in San Antonio, which has landed me more gigs than I can count, inside and outside of the city. Indie on the Move and Sonicbids has also been instrumental in booking shows outside the city.
10. Do you have any mottos?
One word: Authenticity
11. What artists inspire you?
I’m inspired by artists that have mastered the art of songwriting and the experience of live performance and have long-lasting careers. The Edge, Santana, Sade, Sting, Al Di Meola, Kevin Shields, Johnny Marr, Gipsy Kings, Ottmar Liebert, Buena Vista Social Club, Dominic Miller, Robin Guthrie, Peter White, Depeche Mode, Mew, Duran Duran, Phil Keaggy, The Choir, Hammock, and the list goes on and on.
12. What’s next for your band?
At the end of the year, I’m assembling all the singles and releasing a physical disc. Next year, I’d also like to record an entire album in analog and do a vinyl pressing.
13. What do you do when you’re not listening to or making music?
I’m a Philosophy Major at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
14. What’s your favorite song(s) right now?
My favorite songs right now could change tomorrow, but here ya go:
Change by White Lies
Drones by Night Drive
Affairs by Skylar Spence
New Coke by Health
Pennsylvania by Jars of Clay
Close My Eyes and Burn by Robin Guthrie
Paris by Karen Souza
Pirate’s Bride by Sting
Hotel Pink by Dominic Miller
Thank you Adam for taking time to do this interview for all of us!
Once again, catch Adam Zuniga at Lovecraft this Saturday October 10th – Grab your tickets here!
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