Behind the Music
My home city of Akron, Ohio is a city that once boomed from the rubber industry. There is now blight where factories once stood and overgrowth where canal shipments took place. So naturally, I feel a connection to the chapter “Rusty Kingdom” about Sealand. Being from a rust belt city myself, the idea of machinery being left to rot in nature and later to be reclaimed by a new group of people resonated with me.
Much of the “Rusty Kingdom” chapter focused on the legal quagmire of Sealand, but what mesmerized me the most was the setting. I want my music to convey the feeling of this desolate land and show how being surrounded by the ocean can be equally terrifying and tranquil.
ZOD1AC is an instrumental hip-hop artist based in Akron, Ohio who draws influences from a diverse mix of genres, including jazz, boom bap, ambient, shoegaze, downtempo and classical, in addition to having an ear for contemporary production styles.