What did you learn in the process of writing or recording this?
That it sure does take a lot of time to release another CD ;)
Are you planning a video to go with this recording?
Any images or ideas you’d like to share for a sneak peek? I have already released two video's for my two latest singles called "The Turn Around" and "Cause I'm Gone" Here are the videos :)
What’s different about this release from others you’ve done?
This release is a little more edgy and also goes back to my roots of having a live band perform with me. This CD is more close to my heart because I'm recording with my former drummer of 20 years that I was in my first band in NJ with as well as re-releasing three old songs from that era called "Who's that Cat? "What about me? and I Fall down which is my coming out song ;)
How did you pick your title track?
The title is called "Background Static of Perpetual Discontent" which I got from listening to Echart Tole "A New Earth" book on tape. I was so moved by what he had to say and loved that title and felt it was completely fitting for me and my life at that time.
How much input do you give through the producing process?
While I'm getting better with staying open to new ideas and listening to others input, I always make the final decisions as the executive producer. I made a promise to myself early on that I would no longer stay quiet and shy about how I felt regarding my babies. These are my children and I would never want to look back and say if only....so I'm very much involved in the production aspects of my work.
Do you try to create an overall mood for the entire CD or do you prefer mix up styles and genres?
I prefer to mix up the styles to some extent. I still think when you put on a JOSH ZUCKERMAN CD, you know it's me. It's rather eclectic than back in the early days when the CD's had to be a specific genre. Lucky for me things have changed because I have a love of all styles and it shows sometimes through my work.
Is there one song from your CD that you just can’t get out of your head?
There are many songs that I can't get out of my head. Especially when I first write the song. I would have to say right now it's my new song GO. It's very catchy and easy to sing a long to.
Do you play on your own albums or bring in studio musicians?
I play all my parts I perform live in the studio. I also enjoy singing back ups which I don't do live. My guitarist does most of that live.
Does writing music come easy for you? How long did it take you to write the songs for this CD?
Sometimes my songs come to me easily and effortlessly. Other times, it takes months to finish a piece of work that I just have faith in and give it time to flourish and become a newborn. My song "Evaporate" came to me in 5 min. It was amazing!! LOVE THOSE MOMENTS!
Do you usually write from your own experience or from stories you’ve heard?
I write from both my own personal experience and as well as embellish a little from what I see out in the world. Either way, It is from my heart and is true to my experience in some way or another. Maybe not as harsh as I write.
Tell us about your writing process. What usually comes first, lyrics or music? Where do you do most of your writing?
My melody always comes first. I get this melody stuck in my head and then I record the melody singing gibberish. Later, I put lyrics to it and form the song into completion. My songs come to me at the strangest times. It can be while taking a shower, in bed, on my way to work in the car....never a dull moment ;)
How challenging is marketing yourself and your music?
VERY CHALLENGING! I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to be one of the first openly gay rocking artist on LOGO and Sirius XM radio. This and the help of a publicist really made my music sky rocket at that time. It felt like it was just going up and up and up. Unfortunately, things have changed in a sense that now everyone can put out a CD and with YOUTUBE can be a sensation. So marketing is a bit more challenging than it was when I first released my CD back in 2002.
What instruments do you play?
I play guitar, violin and a little bit of piano. I never consider myself a true musician though. I was never trained formally and don't read music. I always consider myself an artist with a voice that wants to be heard and a perfect specimen of a LEO that loves attention. I love to perform and luckily I had a gift of picking up an instrument here and there to make sounds out of it. I truly love the stage and performing and being a musician is more secondary.
Is there a genre of music that you secretly love and wouldn’t mind recording in someday?
Yes. I love dance music but I don't think i could ever release a true dance album .
Who would you most like to sing a duet with?
My influence is Joan Jett so I'd have to say Joan and of course my new love P!NK! hmmm...and Justin Timberlake.
If you had limitless funds to hire anyone, who would you get to sing or play on your next album?
P!NK and Joan Jett.
What is your idea of being “successful?”
The ability to continue to release my music and perform for a crowd that wants to hear my songs.
What are your goals for the next 5 years…what would you like to be doing?
I truly would love to be touring to support my work, to have more press and publicity for the new album and to continue building a fan base.
Would you consider yourself a perfectionist? If so, how do you deal with letting something go and released to be heard and judged?
I absolutely am a perfectionist. I am way too hard on myself and criticize myself way too much. I'm learning to let that go but it's difficult at times.
What is your proudest career moment so far?
Opening up for Joan Jett, having a number 1 video single on MTV LOGO and Sirius XM radio for 4 weeks. Performing in front of huge audiences and making people smile. Hearing how my music has helped someone else come out, or be true to themselves is the biggest compliment I could ever get! I still have all those emails. I should read them when I'm in doubt mode. :)
Describe yourself in 5 words.
Sensitive, caring, loving, loyal, goofy.
What really ticks you off?
What really scares you?
Being single forever.
Tell us about your ‘coming out’ experience.
I came out when I was 26. I traveled in a touring group called "Up With People" and I knew deep inside this was the opportunity for me to explore that side of me. I met a girl on the tour from sweden now my best friend and told her I had thoughts about being with a guy. She said I had thoughts about being with a woman so I thought omg she would be the best friend to have. I later fell in love with a guy from Germany on the tour and told my parents over the phone from Switzerland. My mom said OMG does he know you're Jewish? lol She was ok with it...and I was really lucky because being in love made it much easier to come out. I didn't care what others thought because my heart was winning in this battle of self-acceptence. I told my friends and colleagues and was very lucky to have such a support line.
Not everyone gets to have that.
Did you see any particular music artist as a kid that made you think…I want to do that!
Is there anything you would like to say to LGBTQ youth?
Stay real and be yourself. It's a tough community as I ALWAYS felt I didn't fit in to the community. I felt different and made it more challenging to find myself and my voice in the community. Stay real and stay connected to who you are.
What do you find most attractive in someone?
Humbleness and good looks ;)
What do you believe is the key to a great relationship?
Communication is key!
Finish these sentences for us:
When I was 16 I thought…I knew it all.
The song that changed my life was…I Love Rock'n Roll by Joan Jett.
I still get nervous when…I am around someone I find attractive.
Words I live by are…LOVE YOURSELF.
The lesson I keep learning is…don't open your mouth when you are not in a loving space...GOD I still have a ways to go with this one ;)
You can never have too many…pizza's.
I get my energy from…meditation, love, good energy friendships, music, my animals, my teaching others.
The boldest move I ever made was…to leave a bad relationship, to go on the road and travel alone, to finish school at get my degree, to stay vulnerable in the midst of ego.
If I could go back and say one thing to my teenage self, it would be... Josh, please love love love yourself. Don't care what others think of you. BE REAL and always stay honest with yourself. Think from your heart.
What keeps me up at night is…caffeine.
No one knows... I have secret crushes.
One habit I keep trying to break is…smoking even on occasion and eating bad foods.
I’m committed to…find my man I completely connect with spiritually emotionally and physically.
I keep dreaming about…love, gaining more fans and and notoriety in the music industry, having my own family one day, and finding peace within myself, giving talks to people around the world, traveling all the time.