Introducing Andy Zipf…Uncategorized — By HopelessMelissa on October 14, 2009
Andy Zipf has put together a fine set of songs for an October 13th EP release, via indie label P is for Panda, entitled Our Voice is a Weapon. The Washington, D.C. area native may be new to some, but his music is nothing shy of road-tested, and his reputation precedes this (his seventh) release…
Zipf has played live in 37 different states, with over 400 shows in the last couple of years. He averages around 120 shows each year, and has played with many fan favorites. He’s shared the stage with artists like Cold War Kids, Jeremy Enigk, Badly Drawn Boy, Rosie Thomas and Dave Bazan just to name a few.
Andy Zipf has embraced the digital world, and mastered the balancing act of being an independent musician. He has struggled, and seen successes, and continuously gives away music for free. His previous EP, The Coward’s Choir, sells on his website for “whatever you are willing to pay for it.”
About the ongoing changes in music, Andy wrote to his fans:
“the music industry is in quite a transitional period … With your help, I’ve adapted and changed with the tide as best I know how. It’s not been easy, but you’ve supported me all the way. Thank you.”
And Mr. Zipf has enjoyed extraordinary fan support so far. He was humbled when fans and friends (Andy calls them his “Pfriends”) raised over $45,000 for him to record his album The Long Tail. He recorded the songs in Los Angeles and with the production help of James Barber (Ryan Adams, Hole, Guns N Roses). With the final product, Zipf wanted to show fans his gratitude by giving the music away. Most of the fans turned around and donated money right back, helping Andy with the costs of being on tour.
Zipf played the “artists in residence” series at the Rockwood Music Hall in New York City, and has attracted the attention of The Today Show, XM Satellite Radio, VH1 and MTV. He also won a contest with Paste Magazine and Philadelphia’s WXPN, earning the chance to play live and participate in an on-air interview with David Dye, the host of WXPN’s acclaimed show “World Café Live”.
The next Andy Zipf release with P is For Panda will be a Christmas EP. Look out for that this winter; it will be a six-song gem comprised of one original, two carols, and three hymns.