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Art & Life with Zion Brock

Today we’d like to introduce you to Zion Brock.

Zion, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I grew up in Texas, playing a myriad of instruments at an assortment of churches. From playing the mandolin at Easter concerts, acoustic guitar for coffee house gigs, to drums for Gospel tent revivals, to hoe-downs in our living room at family reunions with fiddles and guitars. I learned what it meant to be musically versatile.

But it wasn’t until college, I discovered my passion for songwriting. So, for the last 20 years, after moving to Arizona for a job with Honeywell, I pursued writing and producing music for many different genres, including Dance, Rap, Dubstep, Folk, Pop, Christmas, Cinematic and Deep House.

I guess my passion to produce music came out of a need to get songs into the world’s ears, without having to pay a lot of money to a producer. And so, I began absorbing every video tutorial I could get my hands on.

I spent many late nights and weekends practicing my craft. I learned everything I could about string sections, synth properties, producer tricks, mixing techniques, hardware gear, etc.

Eventually, my work included writing and producing original compositions and remixes for other artists from all over the world, including Phoenix’s very own pop diva, Miss Krystle.

But I really took off when I finally branched into my artist branding (Fan Fiqtion) about three years ago. I poured myself into writing authentic pop/folk music, that could be used for sync licensing as well. I currently have three licensing agencies actively pitching my music for sync placement to cut to film, tv, and ads.

Then this last year I created an online production school, called the Triple Threat Artist. I’ve been able to take my love for melody and strong production hooks and create tons of tutorials and exercises for anyone that wants to learn virtually. I currently have about 30 active students from all over the world in my class, who are growing in leaps and bounds.

I’ve learned through all of this that I find the most joy and fulfillment in music when it’s a collaborative process. I love people, I love the universal language of music. I love striving to leave this little blue ball a better place on my short journey here.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
My talents primarily lie in songwriting and producing. Fan Fiqtion is my art, my brand, and my passion project. Like a lot of modern artists these days (Chainsmokers, Martin Garix, or David Guetta), I’m the heart of the songwriting and producing, but rarely do I sing. I pride myself in utilizing the vocal talents of much better singers and musicians. Every song is a collaborative process.

I like to say my music is best known for its soul reflection earworms atop rustic home-grown textures. But I’ll let you decide.

Artists rarely, if ever pursue art for the money. Nonetheless, we all have bills and responsibilities and many aspiring artists are discouraged from pursuing art due to financial reasons. Any advice or thoughts you’d like to share with prospective artists?
My advice to new kids is to embrace learning to wear many hats. I have saved thousands of dollars by learning to produce my own music. I now can mix and master my tunes as well. But if I had to choose one of those, I would say learn to produce. That’s where most of the creativity lies that works for hand and hand with your writing, and it’s what most of the big artists have to do to compete these days.

If you’d like to learn from me visit www.TheTripleThreatArtist.com, and I’ll show you how to get started.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
You can hear all my Fan Fiqtion music here at https://www.fanfiqtion.com, as well as find links to stores and streaming sites.

I also have a Patreon page here https://www.patreon.com/fanfiqtion if you’d like to help support my music and contribute to the costs that go into making great music!

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1 Comment

  1. Rene

    January 15, 2019 at 6:45 pm

    I love this article and I love Zion. On a personal note, besides his talent, you won’t find a more genuine, honest & kind person. So happy for his success!

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