Interview with Zac Crye (Solo Artist, Hudu Akil)
Hey there Zac, thank you for joining us today. How are you? Fantastic! I am currently on a stay-cation with my family just enjoying our time together!
Tell us a bit about your new album All The Same, what was writing and recording for this album like? My new album is a collection of 5 songs that I’ve had written for quite some time, and with live shows kind of in limbo I decided to execute them in the studio as a one-man-band meaning I would play all of the instruments. The recording process went smoothly! I’ve been making records like this in my own home studio for years, so doing it in an actual studio was a little different. The album has a very desert-vibe to it. I’m happy with the way it turned out!
Given the current state of the world, did it poise any issues towards the completion of the
Actually, it all worked in my favor, I think. Because of the current state of the world, the recording studio has been wide open, and I’ve been able to take advantage of that!
Of course the current state of things isn't ideal, have you started to plan for what comes next
once the world starts opening up again?
Mainly, I want people to feel comfortable going out to a show, and I think we’re gonna wait around until that happens. I don’t really wanna do a socially distant show or a virtual show. I love people, and I love live music. Just waiting it out for now...
Tell us a bit about yourself as a musician, who influences you? I think I have a well-rounded scope of the musical genres. I have influences in several genres from Bob Dylan to Eyehategod to Townes Van Zandt to Kendrick Lamar. I look up to different artists for different reasons and different aspects.For the kind of stuff I’m playing on this album, my influences are people like Brant Bjork, Ty Segall - ya know Solo guys with a cool desert vibe.
Who is your biggest bucketing band you've shared the stage with? Who would you love to
share the stage with next?
It would have to be either Great Electric Quest or Duel. I think GEQ takes the cake on live performance alone. One of the bands I would really like to share the stage with are the guys in Mothership from Dallas, TX. Been following them for a long time, and haven’t had the opportunity yet.
What are some of the main themes behind the new album? What story are you trying to
Lyrically, the content is a bit personal. I think I’m just getting things off of my chest and just trying to get my own story across in an abstract way. Some of the underlying themes are retribution, remorse, longing, and dread. Thematically, there is quite a bit of spirituality throughout the album. the final track on the album is basically a guided meditation practice over music.
Last but not least, is there any message you would like to share with your fans? I just want to say thank you for being interested in what I’m doing here, and that I plan to keep making music indefinitely! Rock and Roll, guys!
Thank you so much for your time! Zac Crye's new album All The Same releases on April 16th. You can pre-order the album now on Zac's bandcamp.