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A Dirty Dozen with ZACH ARCURI from 14 NORTH – February 2020

| 19 February 2020 | Reply


According to a recent press release: “14 North is a hard rock band that started as a musical collaboration among friends in guitarist Zach Arcuri’s garage on 14th Avenue North, in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. In early 2018, this group of friends became 14 North and began their journey in the studio of Damien Starkey (Puddle of Mudd, Burn Season, Society Red), who helped craft the band’s post-grunge, hard-rock sound. Influenced by artists like Shinedown, Seether, Foo Fighters, and Alice in Chains, 14 North combines talents Brandon Williams, Zach Arcuri, Jake Kintner, Alden Kacer, and Josh Brown.” We get Zach to discuss new music, influences, and much more…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets the band put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

I don’t know about hidden nuggets but this record has a very strong message to it. We’re releasing a series of music videos and each video ties into the next. If you really listen and pay attention to the videos you’ll be able to catch on to what it is we are trying to touch on.

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

My grandfather always had guitars laying around when I was real little and I loved to mess around with them. I remember falling in love with the music my Dad would play when we would go on road trips, mostly classic rock. But what really sparked my interest in being a musician was School of Rock when I saw that movie around the age of 9 or 10 that was it for me. I wanted to Rock.

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

Like I said my dad listened to a lot of classic rock. AC/DC, Van Halen, Aerosmith and Tom Petty CDs were always playing in the car or at home. I fell in love with that stuff and definitely steered me into the direction of my music taste today.

4. Who would be your main five musical influences?

Nirvana, Seether, Tom Petty, Foo Fighters and Alice in Chains. They all played a huge part in my musical influence.

5. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

Dave Grohl. I just see that man as musical genius.

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

It’s always hard describing my music to people. I’d rather someone just listen and tell me what they think it sounds like but I usually say it’s reminiscent of 90’s grunge. I’ve had a few people say we remind them of Nickelback, which really doesn’t bother me all that much since I actually like Nickelback. They just get a lot of hate so I don’t know if it’s a compliment when that’s said or not.

7. What’s the best thing about being a musician?

When someone tells me they can really relate to a song or that it helped them through something. By far the most rewarding part.

8. When the band are all hanging out together, who cooks; who gets the drinks in; and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

Josh is the drinks and food guy. Brandon is the Mr. Sing along song.

9. When was the last time you were star struck and who was it?

Hate to sound like a Dave Grohl fan boy, but I am. I saw Foo Fighters perform last summer and it blew me away. They sounded so tight and put on a killer show. Probably one of the best live performances I’ve seen.

10. If you weren’t a musician, what would be your dream job?

Being a full time musician is my dream job. I still have to work a day job to support my son and I. Music is all I want to do.

11. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over”, even if it didn’t change your current situation?

There a few decisions I’ve made in my career that I look back on and don’t feel good about. Mostly having to do with former band mates in the project. I’ve burnt some bridges for the good of the band. It got us this far though so no I wouldn’t change anything.

12. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

Nirvana’s Nevermind album. That’s one album that I can listen to from the beginning to end. It’s a masterpiece.




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