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What I Learned at Bandcamp: Jargon Party

Jargon Party, Bandcamp, interview Zach Lewis

Jargon Party is a one-man band of multi-instrumentalist Zach Lewis.  After beginning as a five to six piece unit, Jargon Party has since dwindled to solely Lewis who writes, records and plays all instruments himself. His debut, self-titled album was released in May 2013  and a follow up is expected within the next year.

The Spec interviewed Lewis about his background and future plans, read what he had to say below…

Tell us a little about yourself…
Well, I just turned 26 and I now live in Portland, Maine with my girlfriend Sarah and our cat Winston Purrchill. I’m a multi-instrumentalist and my favorite color is orange.

How long have you been making music?
Forever! I was in school choir, which started in kindergarten, and would play around this Casio keyboard I had that I would put scratch and sniff stickers on. But, I guess not actively until I was 12. And then more seriously around 16. I started recording songs and what not around the age of 19. I played around in a lot of different bands, and even had a couple of different bands until creating Jargon Party around three years ago.

Who/what are your influences?
Oh wow, well that’ll be a long list. I would definitely have to put The Beatles as #1. I love how they structure all of their songs differently. Granted, multiple people were writing the songs, but no two songs were orchestrated in the same way. The Rolling Stones, The Velvet Underground, The Kinks, and way too many to count!

What is your favorite song you’ve released and why?
Well, I would have to include the entire album. I released all of those songs together and I’m very proud of that. They all represent different aspects of me or my life and I enjoy all of them equally, and for different reasons.

Upcoming projects, where do you want to go from here?
I’ve been working a lot of different demos and am currently writing a lot of new songs. There’s going to be an EP or LP released somewhere within the span of a year. Maybe sooner or later within that year, just depending on how events in my life stick together, but within that time frame. I’m still releasing singles from the first album, but there will definitely be a new release soon. I want to make sure I take my time though.

If you could no longer be a musician, what would you be or do for a living?
I really like books, so maybe an author or an English professor. Space explorer is pretty high on the list.

What musicians or bands do you look up to?
I am very much impressed by Of Montreal. I love everything produced by them, and I’m not being hyperbolic. Also, their live shows are amazing! It’s the most fun I ever have at shows. Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, and David Bowie are up there as well. I also look up to any band that is able to record, tour, and survive off of their music. It’s a very hard task to accomplish and you can always learn from those that have their act together. The list would be way too long to type them all out. I certainly don’t look down on any musicians or bands.

Why do you make music?
Why does a bird swim, haha, or a fish fly, or man have to ask why? That was a bit of jumbled Vonnegut silliness but to be honest, I’ve always just been drawn to music. I loved music so much that I wanted to be able to make it myself. So I guess out of love. And it’s a lot of fun too.

Anything else you’d like readers to know that we haven’t asked you about?
Let’s see, I’m a vegetarian! I don’t eat meat or seafood. My dad died of a heart attack five years ago so I really wanted to be as healthy as I can. I think people should be nicer to each other on a whole. I’ve always wanted to travel to Paris! I also just want to thank anyone who’s ever supported me, or believed in me, or held open a door for me. I really appreciate it. Also, thank you for taking time out of your day to ask me questions. I hope I answered them well. Have a good day everybody!

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