Today we’d like to introduce you to Zachary Sheets.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
So, I just wanted to start by introducing myself. My name is Zach but most people know me by my artist name “Milk Man”. My story starts in a very small town in Pennsylvania called Johnstown. Johnstown is about 45 minutes east of Pittsburgh. This is where I grew up for the first 18 years of my life. As I got older and started to think about what I wanted to do, I wasn’t sure how I was going to do it. I had gained an interest in computers when I was young and that became my passion for the time being. I also was very interested in Baseball and sports in general growing up, but I reached a point where I knew it wasn’t realistic for me to believe I was going to go pro. So, my focus switched to computers and I was trying to figure out what career I wanted to do in that world. I was a gamer as well which was how I ended up discovering my new passion, Electronic Dance Music. Once I turned 18, I was old enough to go to my first “rave”. From that moment, I knew there was nothing that was going to stop me from producing EDM and making that my career. I knew that this style of music was not popular at all where I was from so I decided I wanted to move to Los Angeles to further pursue this dream. At the time, the best way I could think of to make it across the country would be to serve in the United States Marine Corps, which I did for four years and served 1 tour of duty overseas during that time. Fast forward to now, I am currently living in California and going to school for Music Production.
Please tell us about your work.
I am an Electronic Dance Music Producer and DJ. The main style of music I make is Dubstep, which is a very Bass-heavy style of music. I make this using a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) on my computer. Creating music this way can be a very lengthy and tedious process, however, the outcome when you create a song comes with one of the most rewarding feelings to me. It’s that feeling that inspires me the most. Knowing that I created music for others and myself to enjoy is a feeling I haven’t found anywhere else. One of the other big inspirations to me is the live shows, but not as a performer but as a fan in the crowd because that’s where I started. The energy and emotion flowing through the room at one of these shows is unmatched in my opinion, there are so many fun and beautiful moments and also everyone is just having a good time. For me, I really just want people to be able to step out of their real lives for a few minutes when they listen to my music, I feel that there is so much negativity being spread around and broadcasted in this world that people are constantly looking for an escape and sometimes those escape routes aren’t always the best choices. With my music, I want to take the listener on a journey into a world they have never sonically discovered.
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing artists today?
I think the biggest challenge any artist faces whether they are a musician or not is breaking through the noise of social media. All art markets are oversaturated due to the fact that it is so easy to make your art available to the public. However, there are ways to make yourself stand out and I believe that is with a solid brand and a message that people can get behind.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
So, all of my music is currently on Spotify, Apple Music, SoundCloud, and just about every other major streaming platform. Also, on social media, if you look up @milkmandubs or go to milkmandubs.com, all of my music is there as well. As far as supporting my work, I have all of my music for sale via Bandcamp, but I would love to see some new faces at any of my shows around the area, that would make me the happiest.
- Website: milkmandubs.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/milkmandubs/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MilkManDubs/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/MilkManDubs
- Other: https://soundcloud.com/milkmandubs
Haf Media, Tony Vazquez, Josh Mora, Deadfocus