RedrumSociety - 10 Questions Music Interview
RedrumSociety was founded in 2008 in South Florida by four newly made friends (Esperanzo Wilcox, Esdras Reymond, Zach Cohen, and Dylan Lerner) of completely different backgrounds in every sense of the word: families, music, culture, and ethnicity. When they came together, it felt like magic and a brotherhood was formed. Later on, the members of the band carried out different lives; one of them, Dylan, passed away at the age of 17. Eventually it was only Zach, now living at the time in Santa Monica, CA to continue on the RedrumSociety name and tradition. Zach wanted to embody the spirit of the original lineup. That spirit is an in your face, against the grain attitude. It is music that talks about what we all think, but don’t say. That theme still holds true in all of their songs, even as the sound has evolved dramatically throughout the years. RedrumSociety is funky! Today, Zach has relocated back to South Florida to be back in touch with his roots. The founding members still remain in close contact and influence the music and help Zach write and style the songs. Currently they have four projects which have reached the pop and alternative charts, with their most recent album reaching number two on the rock charts. During the pandemic they have recorded a new album with the goal of creating a soundtrack for 2020.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
Yes. It was the immediate aftermath of the George Floyd's death that became the catalyst for "Street Fights." I watched the chaos ensue and saw the country becoming more and more divided. The 2020 revolution reminded me of 1968 when all hell broke loose in a similar fashion (aside from the pandemic). I wrote a thesis as a history major about the music of the late 1960's and how it was a soundtrack for its times. My old professor messaged me saying "the times are ripe for anthem" and I knew I had to do it. I modeled the song after the Rolling Stones', "Street Fighting Man" which is about them witnessing the London riots in 1968. I hope this songs serves well as a protest anthem and allows people to connect to the confusion and frustration that I feel.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
The craziest thing to happen to me in my music career was a failed music video attempt for my song "Trust Fund Girls." I had a huge budget and even dipped into my own money to create something that would have been really extravagant had it worked out. It didn't. The entire thing was a complete disaster and unbelievably embarrassing. Today, I can laugh about it but WOW was it a tragedy!!! The video was never released nor was it ever completed.
What has been the high point of your music path?
The high point of my music career was when the "Street Fights" single went to number one on the iTunes Blues charts. However, on a more spiritual level it was restarting my career by writing a song in rehab after giving up on my dreams. Drugs and alcohol led me to crash and burn and I had accepted failure as my fate. To then turn it around and write a song, which launched my comeback....its all a highpoint now, and I'm not even high this time!
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
I approach songwriting, first and foremost, by not being afraid to experience anything in life and also be willing to share about it and the feelings those experiences bring me. I usually start with a vocal melody with some lyrics and let everything else fall in behind that. Theres nothing I love more than making music with my friends.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
It's hard to make money without live shows, the way we get paid for streams. I'd say if I could change one thing about the music industry though, it would be to stop changing all the time!
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
He's not highly known, but I'd share the stage with Jason Ricci. The three times I've seen him live it was clear him and the band were having so much fun and they play really tight!
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
Rehearsing with my band is the best part of my week. We stay really focused for the most part but we all love each other and love to eat and make fun of each other, So there's plenty of that, as well. Being in that room with those guys feels like a sanctuary in hell.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
It was a song that is coming out October 23rd 2020, called "With My One and Only." I had the melody forever with tons of lyrics. As in..lyrics for ten songs. So when I went to record it, there was too much and they were all over the place. I had to write it on the fly, when I had it prepared for over a year. On top of that, it was a year ago in the day that my childhood dog passed away when I recorded it. My mom sent me a montage with music in the background and I had to write and sing this lighthearted comedy song through a vale of tears. Brutal!
What's coming up in the future?
The "Street Fights" EP comes out on October 23rd! Beyond that, I've been writing new tunes that I can't wait to record and release.
Tell us where fans can access your music?
Apple Music Instagram