(the person/group founder) was born in Israel and moved to LA when he
was 5. He has been writing songs his whole life. He sings, plays
piano and plays guitar. As a former solo artist, Ziv worked mostly
alone to write, produce and record 2 studio albums and 1 acoustic
album starting with the release of Fearless (2005). He has sold
nearly 15,000 CD's independently. In the midst of that workload, he
would find time to set up his battery powered PA and perform solo
acoustic sets all around LA.
a 2 year recovery from severely overused vocal cords, Ziv slowly
trained his voice back to health and released his second studio album
Paper and Sound (2008). Not long after, Ziv started looking for a
steady group of musicians that would stay with him instead of the
hired guns he had been working with up till then. A tough task in the
notoriously jaded LA music scene. After juggling spots for a bit, a
group of talented, dedicated and mostly sane musicians fell into
place. Josh , from Southern California, plays bass and sings
background, and Mark, a recent transplant to LA from Croswell, MI,
plays drums. Together they form the alternative rock band that
resides in Los Angeles when not on tour.
is currently touring their third album Symphony Heart.
ZIV vs. Ziv?
the letters z i v in two ways:
in all caps, refers to the band as a whole.
with just the capital Z means, "Ray of
light from the sun" and is Ziv's first name.
are pronounced 'zeev'.
did you meet? How long have you been a band?
a solo artist up until 2008. Ziv and Kenny put up ads simultaneously,
one for a bassist, one for a band and soon found each other. Soon
after a drummer was hired through similar means, but Ziv forgot he
had one more audition, and that ended up being Mark.
us can imagine doing anything else. We are addicted to the synergy
between everything that happens when music is made.
do we get along on the road?
along well considering how much time we spend together. Touring has
it's up's and down's but can be more of a vacation then LA, where all
the work really happens.
do we write?
first then lyrics. Except a few where inspiration strikes. Song ideas
are usually brought in by Ziv and sussed out by the rest of us
are our influences?
Bach, Muse, DMB, Dre, Radiohead, Jarmiroquai, Linkin Park, JM,
FooFighters, U2, Coldplay, Incubus, Killers, Maroon 5, Mute Math,
Tears for Fears
have to) Piano-Alternative