LOMM: Can you give a little biographical and historical info; who is involved in the band, and how did you guys meet up?
Zac Crye: This particular project only involves myself so it’s truly a solo project in that sense – I’m performing everything you hear on the “All the Same EP.” It’s really just a side project to my main band Hudu Akil. I play guitar and sing for that band.
LOMM: Pandemic has taken an emotional toll on everyone yet the arts have been hit especially hard. The musicians are vulnerable to financial upheaval. How have you guys have been holding up?
Zac Crye: Music is just a passion project for me. I never kicked it into a full-time gig, as much as I would have loved too. I’m fortunate to have a career to carry me through all of this.
LOMM: On the other hand you seem to have had a productive time. Is that right?
Zac Crye: Absolutely! With live performances being out of the picture right now, it’s given us more time to focus on other things we’ve wanted to do aside from Hudu Akil, like this solo project I’m doing, and Angel (Hudu Akil’s drummer,) is doing some cool electronic stuff as well! I’m even in the middle of a second EP as we speak. The studio has been wide open, and I’ve been able to take advantage of that as well.
LOMM: Modern sounds seems to be my thing. How about you? What does your genre means to you, why did you choose this genre?
Zac Crye: Well, I feel like mainstream rock music isn’t really representing the genre very well. I love the underground aspects of the “stoner/desert rock” scene. I love the community, the riffs, the tone! I think the music that naturally flows out of us fits perfectly. Stoner Rock is really an umbrella term for 70’s influenced hard rock and roll.
LOMM: How did the initial musical and thematic elements evolve?
Zac Crye: Musically, I wanted to take what we were doing with Hudu Akil and just slow it down a bit, add a few psychedelic elements, and mellow out a little. Visually, I definitely wanted to convey a heavy desert vibe.
LOMM: Are you happy with your product? I mean, what aspects of it do you think you guys nailed, and what parts do you think you could improve
Zac Crye: I dig it. I’ve been doing demo recordings of all instruments for years in my home studio. This was the first time to execute the process in an actual recording studio. I played to a metronome while we were tracking, which I normally don’t do. I guess if I could change anything, I would’ve done without the metronome. More natural feeling.
LOMM: How has the overall reception been?
Zac Crye: People seem to enjoy it, but I try not to put too much weight on these things.
LOMM: Have you ever been on a tour? Given live performances? Is it tough for you not to be able to do so now?
Zac Crye: I love touring and performing! I’d love to play a show right now, but I’m not really desperate to get on stage right away. I want everyone to be comfortable with the circumstances before we start booking things again.
LOMM: What do you see for your future? How is it looking?
Zac Crye: Looks busy! I’ve got several musical projects we’re wrapping up. Hudu Akil will be returning in 2022. And I’m hosting my own Podcast called “Jamspace with Zac Crye,” and I’m having a ton of fun with that!
LOMM: Could you tell us about the lyrics / themes /concepts you focus on or plan to focus on? How did the ideas come about, and how do they influence the writing process? Who is writing the lyrics?
Zac Crye: When I approach song writing, I don’t really have a theme or concept in mind. When the music is right, the lyrics start to flow and the theme develops along with the lyrics. I use a lot of word association in my lyrics which helps to carry out some thematic elements. I write what I feel, its usually personal things that I try to express in abstract ways. Lot of metaphors and whatnot.
LOMM: Which is more exciting? Being on the road or studio?
Zac Crye: I enjoy them both. The road is a different kind of “fun,” from the studio but they are both equally rewarding, I think.
LOMM: Who is composing the songs?
Zac Crye: That would be me.
LOMM: What bands do you draw your inspiration from?
Zac Crye: So many bands. I really like the scene that emerged from the Palm Desert area, bands like Yawning Man, Kyuss, Brant Bjork, Desert Sessions, Queens of the Stone Age, etc.
LOMM: What’s more important to you? Catering to the audience or music for its own sake?
Zac Crye: Definitely the music, but its a beautiful thing to make music for yourself that others enjoy as well!
LOMM: When you look back your music career, what do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment?
Zac Crye: I’m proud of the entire endeavor as a whole, from putting together the money to purchase my first Half Stack; to financing the recordings, masters, artworks, distribution, booking a 30-date tour across the US and even MEX, all while raising a family of my own, and continuing to expand my horizons in life – its quite the feat!
LOMM: Anything else you think your fans should know?
Zac Crye: “All the Same EP,” drops 04/09 on bandcamp. Preorders are up now for just $5.The title track, “All the Same,” is currently available on all music streaming platforms.