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Ziv (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.

After 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.


ZIV is currently touring their third album Symphony Heart.


Explain ZIV vs. Ziv?

We use the letters z i v in two ways:

-ZIV, in all caps, refers to the band as a whole.

-Ziv, with just the capital Z means, "Ray of light from the sun" and is Ziv's first name.

Both are pronounced 'zeev'.


How did you meet? How long have you been a band?

Ziv was 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.


What inspires you?

None of us can imagine doing anything else. We are addicted to the synergy between everything that happens when music is made.


How do we get along on the road?

We get 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.


How do we write? 

Music 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 together.


What are our influences?

Seal, Bach, Muse, DMB, Dre, Radiohead, Jarmiroquai, Linkin Park, JM, FooFighters, U2, Coldplay, Incubus, Killers, Maroon 5, Mute Math, Tears for Fears


Genre?

(If we have to) Piano-Alternative