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Q & A with Zayde Buti

How old were you when you first started playing?

I started playing guitar at age 14 when a family friend let me try out his electric Ibanez. He taught me how to play a couple riffs from rock songs I liked and I was hooked! I used to dress up like a rock star and perform in front of my bedroom mirror, pretending I was on stage in front of thousands of screaming fans.

Where did you go to music school? What's your degree in? What did you study there?

I earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Massachusetts College of Art and Design where I majored in Studio for Interrelated Media (SIM), an interdisciplinary department that challenges students to develop new approaches to creating art. While at MassArt, I studied performance art, music and video. I took classes in a variety of subjects including Sound Performance, Improvisation, Performance Art and Politics, Digital Media and Choreography.

What are your favorite kinds of music to play and why?

At the moment, I enjoy playing what some might call "art rock" (a la Faith No More) and a kind of experimental music that can't easily by classified but that's influenced by American Blues combined with musical forms indigenous to the Middle East.

What are some of the musical styles you teach?

I teach my students the types of music they're most interested in learning including pop, rock, metal, funk, blues, folk and hip-hop. Because of my unique training, I'm also qualified to teach "experimental art music" as it relates to performing and recording.

Where are some of the places you've performed?

I've performed in venues all across New England including The Middle East, Oberon, New England Conservatory, the Lizard Lounge and Mobius Arts Space. I've also engaged as a street performer throughout the metro Boston area.

Who are some of your favorite bands and musicians?

My musical tastes encompass a diverse range of artists. Some of my biggest musical influences include Nat King Cole, Frank Zappa, James Brown, System of a Down, Mr. Bungle, Faith No More, Slayer, Bjork, DJ Shadow, Portishead and Tupac Shakur.

What are your other musical pursuits and accomplishments?

I write, record, produce and perform original songs. I've released a hip-hop album, a folk/punk album and I'm currently in pre-production for my first acoustic rock opera.

What are some of your artistic goals?

My primary goals as a performing and recording artist are to continue developing my technical skills and my ability to communicate socially relevant messages.

Tell us about your sound clips:

1) "Fat, Sugar and Salt" is a track from my album "Going, Going, Gone!" I composed the music and lyrics and produced the album with my trio comprised of bassist and singer David Ladon of The Doctors Fox and drummer/engineer Ariel Bernstein. 2) "Uncle Ricky" is a hip-hop song I recorded with producer Universal Tongues. I wrote the song after meeting Uncle Ricky himself outside a store on Mass Ave (by Berklee) one Christmas Eve. 3) This short excerpt from "Mac-ho Man" is another track from "Going, Going, Gone!" 4) "Sacred Chocolate" is one of the more current songs I wrote, produced and released as a single.