Jacob Burns conducted this interview with Christian Del Zoppo from Fort Wayne, IN.
JB: What is your job title?
CDZ: Professional drummer, maybe someday be a drum technician that makes a set for drummers to play.
JB: What is the name and genre of your band?
CDZ: The name of the band is, “Former Vandal”. They are a hip hop and rock band. They are trying to recreate and capture the 80s style of music. They have a pretty easily marketable product with good lyrics that has substance”. JB: “What is the message of your band and the feeling you want your listeners to have?
CDZ: Entertainment obviously but it is deeper than that, biggest product we offer is connectivity, to be a part of something for a night. It is more than just being entertained. We want the audience to feel as they a part of a movement and something good for the world.
JB: Do you have a social media presence?
CDZ: Yes, we have over 60,000 monthly listeners on Spotify.
JB: Has being a part of a more prolific band made you learn more about yourself and who you and what you want to represent?
CDZ: Be who you have always been, and I just really meshed with band and the type of people they were. They are just about loving everyone and caring for everyone. And that really aligned with what I was about in my life as well”. JB: “How did you get involved with this band?
CDZ: My buddy knew of the band and their similarities to my interests and told me to consider them. So, I just tweeted him and said I would love to drum for him if he ever needed me. He hit me up a few months later wanting me to audition for an opened drummer spot and now I’m the drummer.
JB: What have you learned about music and the goals you have had for your musical career?
CDZ: I realized my idols aren’t far off from me. Their paths are similar as mine. I realized the lack of a gap and how good I am compared to the popular bands. My goals are attainable, sometimes I am in the same room as chance the rapper and he is just a regular person in just different circumstances and different stage and level of experience of his career.
JB: Who made you want to get interested in this life and got you interested in it?
CDZ: My drum inspiration comes from Stix, who is Chance the Rapper’s drummer, He has also given me lessons and is so good and he has really pushed me to be better. Also, Christopher my cousin taught me how to drum so I would be nowhere without him. Also, the drummer of band called 1975 is similar in the way I am trying to drum and I have been trying to emulate him in my style of drumming.
JB: We are promoting the Midwest music scene on our website, middletownmusic.org. What should we tell our followers about the music & entertainment scene in your city? What is the most exciting part of it for you?
CDZ: The music scene in Fort is on the come up. It is exciting because there is a lot of like-minded and talented individuals that in the future to be a major part of the music scene. And I really look forward to the competition coming.
JB: Thank you for your time, I enjoyed my time speaking with you.
CDZ: Likewise, thanks for having me.