Tzion’s lagoon is a creative artist who has spent years perfecting his craft to near perfection and with every production he leaves a mark to cement his prowess when it comes to music making, and in a recent interview with Mister Styx of Musicarenagh, we got the chance to delve into his mind to explore his musical journey, inspirations and future plans.
Before following his dream Tzion used to be a dance but with the help of his dance teacher who motivated him to start making music and later taught him how to play the guitar.
Tzion is well known for known for his unique blend of shoegaze, garage rock, and post-punk. The name Tzion’s Lagoon is a combination of his given name and a metaphor to emphasize on his dense and dark production style, reflects their artistic vision.
In the interview Tzion’s Lagoon was asked about his main ispiration and his response was mind boggling, this is what he had to say
“Im a Christian so id really say God and how i seen him everyday in my life and the world around me is my biggest inspiration, within that id say things ive experienced good and bad, stories ive heard good and bad, and the human experience inspires me and helps me create things.”
His latest single Evergreen 01 has a lot to say about his musical style and his persona, join us as we get to know the man behind the pseudonym Tzion’s lagoon
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What is your stage name
I am tzion’s lagoon
Is there a story behind your stage name?
Tzion is my name, the lagoon part is because i wanted the production part to sound really dense and dark, like a swamp more than a lagoon but lagoon sounds better i think.
What was the role of music in the early years of your life?
It’s something thats always been a part of my life honestly, since i was a kid ive always been making songs, kind of, they haven’t always been particularly good though.
Are you from a musical or artistic family?
Somewhat, my mom and dad sang in the choir at church, but my family generally wasnt full of music artist in the sense that i am.
Who inspired you to be a part of the music industry?
I used to be a dancer, and my dance teacher got me started making music and playing guitar, so thats really were a started on the road of being in the music industry.
How did you learn to sing/write/to play?
I’m self taught with singing, and writing, and with guitar ive had a few teachers. One was my dance teacher, then i taught myself for a bit, then i had a guitar teacher at UNT, now im sort teaching myself again.
What was the first concert that you ever went to and who did you see perform?
I dont really remember the first, but the most memorable recently was men i trust in dallas, their guitarist is really good.
How could you describe your music?
Since im just starting out with tzion’s lagoon im still figuring things out but as far as a direction we’re going i’d say shoegaze, garage rock, and post punk as the genre’s we’re going for.
Describe your creative process.
It really just depends, sometimes i write in a really conceptual way, were im telling a story that is a metaphor for something else, sometimes im telling a personal story, other times i look into other sources for inspiration like the Bible, or other poems, or paintings.
What is your main inspiration?
Im a Christian so id really say God and how i seen him everyday in my life and the world around me is my biggest inspiration, within that id say things ive experienced good and bad, stories ive heard good and bad, and the human experience inspires me and helps me create things.
What musician do you admire most and why?
I think my favorite artist is King Krule, i like the way stands out in indie music. From his voice to his production, and it also cool how different his live sound is from his studio releases.
Did your style evolve since the beginning of your career?
Yes my style has changed a lot, i started out making really lofidelity indie music, like a really muddy and washed out, and now i make shoegaze and garage rock stuff, still somewhat muddy but id say in a more tasteful way.
Who do you see as your main competitor?
Honestly no one, i think competition particularly in indie/alternative genres is super counter productive.
What are your interests outside of music?
I skate a little bit sometimes, but music is a pretty invasive hobby. It comes into alot of different aspects of life.
If it wasn’t a music career, what would you be doing?
I used to dance, and i used to box, so maybe one of those, but i’d probably be at some corporate job or something, maybe id be a missionary.
What is the biggest problem you have encountered in the journey of music?
Honestly myself, figuring out how to navigate overthinking and underthinking music.
If you could change one thing in the music industry, what would it be?
I dont really know, i think everything comes with good and bad sides regardless. But i think the way that genuine art is sometimes very under appreciated sucks, so maybe that somehow.
Why did you choose this as the title of this project?
I named it after the wizard evergreen from adventure time, it doesn’t have much to do with him but i wrote the song with some themes in mind that apply to him and that episode/storyline.
What are your plans for the coming months?
I have a few more songs in the works for release within the next few months, possibly before the end of the year, we as a band have a few shows in denton coming up as well
Do you have any artistic collaboration plans
not at this time but i am interested.
What message would you like to give to your fans?
Thank you guys for being early adopters, this project should be a really fun journey for me my band and everyone who does/ will support us.