A couple of years back when I was helping out at Nelson the Seagull Cafe in Gas Town, I met Zane. My memories of him usually included his rosy red cheeks and dark hair flopping back and forth while pulling endless morning coffee or being punished by late night mop marathons. Zane has a calmness to him that we all wish we had, but he also has a burning desire to reach his goals. We often talked about music, and I remember one time we were discussing Chuck Berry and the invention of some basic drumming beats. I remember being completely ignorant about drumming and saying, “well there are only so many beats you can make with drums right?” Zane simply answered, “ahhhhh no, they’re infinite!”
"I like music, that's all I give a shit about; it's all I put my time into.”
What does passion mean to you? Passion is someone or something you are willing to put up with endless amount of hardship or challenge to continue pursuing.
What is your most meaningful passion? Music for sure, but there's so many branches of it. Something that's really enjoyable to me is understanding people through music, or communicating with people through music. This could be feelings, messages or interpreting your experiences.
There's a perfect song for every moment and so many emotions that can be found through music.
And it's how powerful its influence is that has always been fascinating to me, from a local to a global perspective. Music can be a direct reflection of what's going on in the world, and it’s basically the coolest thing.
What moment in your life influenced you? I was eight when I started drumming, my parents asked me "What instrument do you wanna play?" There wasn't really an option, they both liked music, and my dad works in music and was in a bunch of bands back in the day. So I was just very lucky to grow up in a house like that.
Also when I was 14 this Swedish guy lived with us for four months. He went from being a high-status fashion photographer, with VIP status everywhere and that kind of lifestyle; to selling everything and working for charity, while travelling the world. It was very cool to see someone who was so defined, every minute of every day he worked towards his goal.
How are you fulfilling your passion now? Drumming a lot in my brother and I’s band Smash Boom Pow. I think it’s the perfect “cement” to your building, if you ever need timing!
I'm beginning to ask for bigger projects in that I can be a part of that are less drumming-oriented like writing, producing bands, DJing and Scoring films. Constantly, I'm becoming less and less afraid to ask for what I want, which is becoming pretty valuable. And I think, right now, things are in the very much the bottom 5% of where they're starting. So in a few months, I think things are gonna be popping in a big way.
What struggles keep emerging? It can be hard for me to start things. I'll want a situation to be as perfect as it can before I get started.
I want all the things to be aligned. And I recently realized that I think that comes from a bit of a pretentious attitude. Actually because you're like, "I'm so great, so everything has to be perfect before I even get started," which is a really backward way of approaching anything. The more you micromanage, the more constricted and restrained it becomes. You kinda just have to let it happen.
What need is being met? I'm very passionate about health. You don't see a lot of artists who publicly talk about their health regiment. It'd be cool to see an artist change this... Not like really straight-edge, but just make it cool and acceptable to be kinda of just happy to be a 'health person.’ Yeah, and its become so cool to be a druggie artist, unless you're a girl, then it's not okay for some reason. I'm super down to just talk about... spread influence and be positive through music. Just making it cool to be a positive person.
How do you connect to society? I used to view music separately from all other kinds of art. I was like, "It's its own thing.” I never really had to think about it, but lately I've been enjoying hanging out with other people who are working painters, or photographers or cinematographers.
Just hearing about how they approach their work and their philosophy is a really cool way to kinda find influence and feed it back into my music. They are just communicating similar things in different ways through sound or visually. I'm kind of beginning to view my own music more like an art, which I think it's kinda fun, cause there's less limit that way (opposed to just being confined to music).
Do you have any recommendations? I think it's important to utilize what you have, make the best of your current circumstance and just do it. Do the work, speak through your work, as opposed to, "I'm gonna do this thing when the time is right or when I own this piece of equipment.” By the time you're there, you want something else anyways.
“I'm not much of a Plan B person. So that's kinda like, this is it."
~ z.c.g. coppard