The term “one-man band” used to conjure images of a guitar player with a harmonica rack, cymbals taped to the insides of his knees, a bike horn under his arm, a bass drum with a stomp pedal and a tambourine for a hat. Technology has largely eliminated that stereotype in favor of a guy playing a single instrument and a cacophony of additional sounds provided by a computer set-up stage right.
Zach Deputy is one of many who have taken advantage of the upgrading of the one-man band concept, but there are very few doing what Deputy does so well, concocting a genre blend that he identifies as “Island-Infused Drum N’ Bass/Gospel Ninja Soul.” And he’s right.
Deputy hails from the shores of South Carolina, but his DNA originates in the Caribbean and it shows in his blazingly funky rhythms and unapologetic soulfulness. Those lucky enough to be among his ass-danced-off audiences have witnessed a phenomenally percussive guitarist performing with a virtual orchestral accompaniment, layered live via computer.
Go here to read Brian Baker's full Sound Advice on Zach Deputy and to get show and club details.