Having enjoyed The Commuters’ debut album, Rescue, and their DIY ethic, i caught up to lead singer, Zeeshan Zaidi, with these questions:
Zeeshan from The Commuters
Wicked Mike: With seemingly a million bands out there, didn’t your parents tell you to rather become a lawyer?
Zeeshan: Haha! I’m guessing you’ve probably noticed that I actually am a lawyer! Haven’t really been a practicing one — have spend most of my career as a label executive and then a tech entrepreneur. Fortunately, my parents have always been supportive of my choices, including this musical journey.
Wicked Mike: Seriously though, the indie music scene is tough. What are the biggest challenges you face?
Zeeshan: It is definitely a tough scene — with lots of great bands out there and millions of artists trying to make it. The biggest challenge as a result is competing for everyone’s attention. Every potential fan has so many options not just for music but for all kinds of entertainment — the internet, social media, video games, video. Every musician faces an ongoing struggle just to get people to care. Continue reading
TIM PEPPER is one of my favourite soft rock musicians. I met him years ago in South Africa, had him on a promo compilation and did the odd, small show with him. He’s been in Nashville (USA) the past 4 years, looking for the big break. His debut album was the wonderful Beautiful Frustration. This year, he released 2 E.P.s, Alive in the ‘Ville’ and Hotel. If you haven’t heard them yet, i highly recommend that you do.
WM: You left South Africa for the USA. Is the grass greener on the other side?
Tim: Not really. I’ve learned that every place has it’s positives and negatives. I like Nashville a lot but I miss South Africa all the time as well. Certain things are easier and more affordable here but then the pond is so much bigger and there’s so much competition (especially in Nashville) that it ends up being kind of the same. Continue reading