‘Big loud orange’ | Interview with Zach Tabori

Soft Boiled is a 25 minutes long, 8 track album by Zach Tabori that we would describe using just 2 words. Organized chaos.  A very varied work that will leave you uttering “WTF” on a regular basis. It is the first of a trilogy of albums so stay tuned!

Describe your sound in 3 words

Big loud orange

The variety in Soft Boiled is very interesting indeed. Tell us a few things about your debut album and the main idea behind it.

The album is conceptually centered around personal experiences from two years of a worldwide pandemic. Confusion, fatigue, and frustration are the immediate feelings that come to mind. That being said, the three middle songs (No Disgrace, Unchecked Desire, and CLAO) are actually stories of an imagined world… a dystopia that some fear could become a reality if the vitriol-inducing pandemic conditions continue. Not to dwell on the depressing, though. There’s plenty of humor on the record as well. The first song is pretty much about social-media-nincompoops and people going on bad dates… That kind of stuff balances it all out (I hope). “Soft Boiled” is actually the first of a trilogy of albums I plan to drop this year.

Which track (if any) of the album represents you the most and why?

They all represent me but the overture (“A Wholesome 21st Century Introduction) is probably the most “me” of the entire record. And I mean that with the utmost sincerity! I really enjoy listening to that piece of music. It encapsulates the many styles of music that influence me on a daily basis, in addition to the spoken word commentary and humor… all in one!

Your music is a blend of numerous different genres. We wonder what your influences are?

Lately, it’s been Bartók and Dua Lipa

Which is your most personal and honest lyric?

Not to pull a Morrissey in this questionnaire… but I think I’ll choose “Better forever in deep memory than trying to keep me alive”

How do you relate to the music scene of Los Angeles? And what do you love/hate about LA?

It has its ups and downs… but through a more positive lens, I’m not sure if there’s a better city in the world where a musician can be exposed to such a diverse community of creatives making things, every single day all over the city. I hate the traffic. I love the weather of course. I think I’ll save the more candid answers for an in-person conversation 😉

In which state of mind do you imagine people might listen to your music?

Maybe an “open” state of mind? I’d like to think there is something for everyone.

Your music has an experimental touch. Should music as a form of art always challenge the listener?

Well…yes and no. Part of the beauty of art is that it bears no obligation to anything other than the art itself. Personally, I try to do a little bit of both. Contrapuntal Runt was created solely for the purpose of pushing my music capabilities, in addition to the audience’s overall patience for my nonsense. “No Desire” mostly sticks to pop structure, until the middle Twilight Zone sections start popping up… So I guess it’s really an ebb and flow of picking the times to challenge the listener and the times to throw ‘em a dance break.

Thank you!

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