Interviews

Zach Deputy on His Live Performances: "I'm Still Just Winging It"

Zach Deputy, a festival, jam band, and music-that-makes-you-feel-good scene institution, will bring his one-man act to Funky Buddha Lounge tonight. If you've never been to one of his concerts, be warned: It's impossible not to have a dopey grin on your face while simultaneously stamping your feet throughout the entirety of the set. His vibe is completely and totally infectious. 

Deputy's stage presence is unparalleled, and unrivaled at that, because he is the only musician up there. Armed with a guitar, he snuggles himself into a cocoon of synths, microphones, loop machines, and pedals, emitting a sound so powerful one can hardly believe it's coming from just one man. Through each song, multi-layered guitar picking and beat-boxing steadily loops and gains momentum and pounds beneath soaring, soulful vocals in a funkadelic delight that has brought him legions of fans over the years. 

I caught up with the funkadelic delight at home in Georgia on Tuesday, and he took a break from playing Hungry Hungry Hippos with his daughter to talk shop. 

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