Zach Deputy on Knock N' Roll: "I Grew Up Fighting in South Carolina"
Zach Deputy is a beat-boxing, guitar-playing, Puerto Rican, Saint Crucian, Irish, South Cackalackee cracker, one-man looping band experience.
He makes good-time island music mixed with funk, soul, R&B, bluegrass, and even some Spanish classical guitar. And he does it all while sampling himself live.
Tomorrow, he plays Knock N' Roll: A Night of BBQ, Boxing, and Music at Tobacco Road alongside Thump Fight Gym fighters and bands including the Lee Boys and Juke. Here's what he has to say about his first show at a boxing match, the craziest fight he ever saw, and the importance of violence.
Crossfade: What's the weirdest shit you've seen lately?
Zach Deputy: Oh, gosh. Lately, I saw Wee Man at my show a couple of days ago up in North Carolina. I was like, "I know that guy," like, "Oh, shit."
I once saw him at a Mystikal concert in Texas wearing a Batman suit.
One time, I was in a real bad argument with my girlfriend, and I saw Da Brat in the parking lot. I told my girl to just get her ass in the damned car, and Da Brat came by and said, "Daaaaaaaamn." And I didn't even stop or hesitate, I just said, "Wassup, Da Brat."
Your background is Puerto Rican, Saint Crucian, Irish?
Yeah, I'm all over the place like a crazy man. My mom is from Puerto Rico and Saint Croix, her mom is straight from Spain, my dad is Irish Cherokee. So all over the place. And I always meet people who are Puerto Rican Scottish.
You speak Spanish?
No. But if you piss off my grandma, she does.
How does that influence you?
Latin music has those polyrhythms that make your body move. I grew up listening to it. I have to have sauce on my music. Even my funk has a lot of Latin ideas in the rhythm.
What do you think about the Knock N' Roll party? There's gonna be fighting and shit.
I'm excited about it, man! I like when they match me up for an event I can have fun and watch and then get down.