Funktapuss Tours with Zach Deputy
By: Tsunami Music Publicity, January 4, 2012
Elise Hugus - Start with a lilting calypso riff on guitar, layer it with a heavy beatbox rhythm, and sing in a high-pitched Southern twang, and you might come close to Zach Deputy. Or not.
Festival fave Zach Deputy—known for his infectious, one-man live looping dance party performances— will be changing up his solo show this season, touring throughout the late winter/spring with a full band made up of members from the Cape-based band Funktapuss.
News of who was in the band was kept quiet, but Deputy’s camp revealed their identity in Deputy’s monthly Zach Attack Newsletter on December 15, with the following:
“…unless you are from Eastern Massachusetts or Cape Cod, you have likely not heard of the band Funktapuss. Well, Zach hadn't, either until a flat tire after his appearance at the Naukabout Music Festival led to him walking into a bar [the Naukabout after-party at The Beach House] and getting blown away by a cover of Tower of Power's "What Is Hip?".
"Now, it would take a serious performance of this funk standard to blow away any seasoned musician, but Zach was captivated. The band was exceptionally tight and they were feeling it. So was Z, so now half of Funktapuss is backing him up on his band tours in the spring.
"Brian "Beek" Vanderbeek—a protege of Victor Wooten—lays down the bass lines, joined in the rhythm section by drummer Chris Santos and keyboardist Ryan Tivey. Santos and Tivey both attended Berklee College of Music, and the kicker here is that these three started playing together in high school. Tivey also doubles on sax, and the trio are accompanied by Asheville, NC based journeyman percussionist Shen Hunt and Sam Williams on rhythm guitar.
"Some of you may know Sam—he lives in the van with Zach and assists Jeremy with lights and production—but you may not know he is a talented singer-songwriter/guitarist. Zach Deputy Band is built around Zach's Caribbean tinged soul/R&B sound and promises to get your butt moving, or else...”
When Zach Deputy released Another Day in September, 2011, he embarked on a new journey as a performer. The record showcased his singer-songwriter side and some of the mellower aspects of his moods and music. Best described as soulful rhythm and blues, Another Day has come close to cracking the Top 100 on the AAA radio charts, hitting #106 before they froze for the holiday break. The record is up for numerous independent music awards, and following Zach’s third year in a row on Jam Cruise, he and the band will be “woodshedding” for a couple of weeks at his home outside of Savannah, GA.
The Zach Deputy Band is scheduled to perform along the East Coast in February and the beginning of March, broken up by a trip to Costa Rica with the Jam In The Jungle festival in mid-February. For a full listing of tour dates and ticketing information, check out www.zachdeputy.com.