Upcoming Gig: Zen Anton at Coffeed, 6:45pm, February 4th

Like coffee? Like, good coffee? Like beer? Like, delicious beer from the quality people at Singlecut Beersmiths? Me too. Come out and we’ll share all those beautiful things together at one of the hippest joints in Queens.

Details:
—I perform promptly at 7pm for a smooth 30 minutes. Arriving early is very advisable.
—Located at Coffeed, 37-18 Northern Blvd, Long Island City, New York 11101.
—After my set there is an open mic. But a good one. Like, not “one of those” open mics (where you want to gauge out your eyes with sporks).
—If 15 of you lovely people come I’ll perform again around 8:45pm.
—Cover is $7. And you can sleep soundly knowing that some of the earnings go towards me recording more music. Something very special happens if over 25 people come so invite your grandma too.

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Upcoming Gig: Zen Anton at Caffe Vivaldi, January 14th

If you’ve been depressed about missing all my recent shows at sketchy venues, I have bad news. This gig is actually very legit. The restrooms barely even have graffiti.

Come out for a full hour of me performing live at one of NYC’s few still standing quality music venues. There will be alcohol, there will be food, and there will be me covering Madonna. Although I might pass on the pink boa this time.

Full details:

—Wednesday, January 14th
—Performance from 7:15pm-8:15pm
—Advisable to arrive little early for the most quality seats around.
—No cover, just buy some drank or food.
—Located at Caffe Vivaldi 32 Jones Street New York, NY 10014.
—More info on venue: http://caffevivaldi.com/about-us/

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Unexpected Dopeness

Last Tuesday I trekked out to Goodbye Blue Monday’s last Open Mic night. It featured one of the most eclectic crowds you will ever find. However, due to my late performance slot I was unable to play. Left bummed but remembered that on the way to the show I ran into an incredibly dope and unpretentious artist busy spray painting. This is the photo I took of that encounter (it does no justice to the actual piece of work):

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Upcoming Gig: Zen Anton at Perlas, November 20th

Last month I met the very talented Amanda Sprecher at the Queens Five Boro Story Project, and next week we will be performing on the same bill. I’m gonna even go the extra mile and throw in an “!”. No cover charge AND there will be food available. Come make your ears and mouth happy.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/266430623481292/?pnref=story

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Five Boro Story Project

Due to a schedule malfunction last Sunday I wound up performing at The Five Boro Story Project Open Mic. I am very thankful my schedule went bonkers.

I had gone not knowing what to expect (which means dreading a bunch of annoyingly fake “artists”) and instead received a night full of beautiful stories about Queens.

Check out this quality not-for-profit and go hear some inspirational tales: Upcoming Programs | Five Boro Story Project.

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The Modern Folk Music of America Reviews Zen Anton

My EP receives its first inter webs review.

This is also the first time my sound has ever been described as “flamenco” — I wish that would happen more often.

Go use your eyeballs to check out the full read and also stick around to peruse the rest of the quality site. It’s rare to find a music blog dedicated to actually supporting independent artists without having the agenda of which band has the cool-kid-buzz and will make them get vicariously laid.

Clickage: the modern folk music of america: zen anton – resemblance.

Many thanks to MFOA for the honest support. Keep doing your dope doings.

 

Zen Anton EP

Last year was a transformative time for me. I spent most of it in dark basements recording my debut EP between the hours of 11pm and 7am, because that’s when it’s quiet in the city. I would then spend the rest of the day in different dark rooms, hopped up on coffee, staring at my computer screen editing. I’m pretty sure I did serious damage to my eyesight. I know I lost some social skills (musicians get weird when they spend too much time by themselves). There may have been a few sessions of silent weeping.

It was an incredibly large goal for me to want to learn how to record, mix, and master in such a short amount of time. Somehow, with the help of the quality human beings I am lucky enough to have in my life, I completed it. I hope to have done a quality job. I know I did the best job I was capable of.

This record represents a lot to me. It begins with the first song I ever wrote at age thirteen and ends on my most recent piece of work, which took over two years to complete. While many musicians dismiss their old material, I think that too easily disregards the impact those songs had and will continue to have on their listeners. For this reason I felt it important to record, in my current musical style, the songs that throughout the years the people kind enough to listen to me have said resonate with them. That’s what made it worth while.

That year is now done. This is the result of all that time, literal blood, literal sweat, and literal tears:


Thank you.