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Emily Zuzik: 3 quick questions

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3 quick questions . . .
With Emily Zuzik

Emily Zuzik
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Emily Zuzik is is an indie singer/songwriter based in L.A. Her press refers to her as a “singer, writer and Rocker Mom”. She fronts the Emily Zuzik Band. Among her many accomplishments she lists appearing on Moby's disc Destroyed singing NBC's "Love Bites" theme song and performing with the Blue Man Group at two sold out shows at The Hollywood Bowl.

Here are the 3 quick questions asked of Zuzik:

1. Tell my readers about your first paid gig and share the moment when you basically committed to it being your career.

Zuzik: My first paid gig came probably in 1998 or 1999 in San Francisco. Up to that point, I'd played out here and there, but nothing with regularity. I'm not sure if it was my own show or singing with a cover band in San Francisco, but I made some money and it felt good. I also realized it was fun for me and I was pretty good at it. It was probably around the same time that I committed myself to being a "musician/artist" first and any other job (if I had to have one) as a very far 2nd in priority.

2. If you could resurrect any dead musician/singer whom would it be and why?

Zuzik: I think my gut answer to this would be John Lennon because he's been my biggest inspiration for the longest length of time. When I was younger, I idolized his apparent honesty and vulnerability in his music. As someone with a few more years ahead of her, I think he was kind of an @$$hole to a lot of folks and so my 'worship' of him has waned a bit. You can't deny his body of work for openness and raw emotion though. A very close second of late would be Antonin Dvorak because everything I hear by him on KUSC takes my breath away. Often I'll hear a piece and fall in love with it, then learn it's another Dvorak composition. He's Czech. They are my people and we are very passionate and romantic in that way.

3. What is next for you?

Zuzik: I'm releasing a new single, 'The Only Moment in the World', on February 25, 2014. This song was originally composed for a digital pop-up book "A Picture is Worth..." published by ProSeed Books. I was paired with a photographer and I had to write something based on or inspired by the photo series I received. I love this sort of project. But the song came out so great that I wanted to release it. It also inspired a whole wave of new music in the downtempo electronica/trip-hop vein that I'm working on. I've been doing a lot of collaborations with other great musicians on this collection and look forward to releasing more of that later in the year.

So there you have it, ladies and gents, 3 quick answers from performer Emily Zuzik. Hopefully, you found these 3 quick questions entertaining and interesting.

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