Zach Condon Quotes
Film Score Composer
Born: February 13, 1986
I spent my entire life working with the smallest budget I could get. Just working with old, junky, donated equipment. The only things I bought myself were the trumpet and the $9 ukulele.
It's a natural tendency of mine to not even listen to lyrics.
I'm writing songs about New York. A lot of them carry the names of neighborhoods in Long Island. Maspeth, Montauk. I'm getting into the idea of a F. Scott Fitzgerald-esque Long Island back when New York was...New York.
Raucous drunken trumpets and instrumentation tend to guide the way you think. They can give you a path to follow lyrically.
I'm not an amazing trumpet player. It's mostly smoke and mirrors. You shake the trumpet and it starts to vibrate in a ridiculous drunken way, or you flop notes at the right time and you don't have to play stuff that would take seven years to learn.
When I came back to America, I realized that world music is no joke, it really has a lot to it.
I fell off a bridge when I was 14, then had surgery when I was 17. Now my left wrist is an inch-and-a-half shorter than my [right one] and doesn't quite have the mobility to wrap around a guitar neck without a bit of pain.
I was a very good student until about sophomore year, and that's when I just became so disillusioned with the whole thing that I just became an awful student. I was still making good grades. But I was cutting class three days a week and faking papers that I got off the internet.
I dropped out of high school and I tried to go to community college for a little while. I can't be a student. I always hated that lifestyle.
My dad is obsessed with music, so I was raised around this guitar player that really wanted me to be a guitar player.
When a city is unstimulating, you get pretty isolated.
After so many years of whispery, DIY vocals, there's this new generation of voices that are really starting to burst through the seams.
In some ways, I feel like I've been such a dilettante for so many years, just picking up instruments and stretching myself so thin.
In the age of the mp3, you gotta make the package special, something that's worth owning.
I love the community and the entertainment too much. I'm used to it - it's what I saw first.
I'd been living out of a suitcase since I was 17 years old, and it just got to the point where it was ridiculous. Besides, it was really hurting everything I was trying to do in music, to feel so consistently homeless was no way to endure touring and stress.
I'm swept along by larger forces out of my control.
As a teenager and a young adult, I never felt like my own story was interesting enough to tell, so I always wrote lyrics from someone else's perspective - told someone else's story.
I feel like I've met most people I look up to musically. I just want to meet Chef.
You always know when a real inspiration is behind the melody, arrangements, even lyrics. And I know that's really vague, but it's true.