Award-winning musician Lloyd David Lieberman, AES engineer, producer, multi-instrumentalist and composer, has had a career in the music industry spanning over 40 years. his name has appeared in such Publications such as E.Q. Magazine,
where he and his partners were featured in "Room with a VU" (Great Interface Studios/Fabulicious Vinyl) in their custom built floating-room world class 48 track studio on Wooster St. in Soho, NYC that they built and maintained themselves. Big Blast and Fabulicious
also held some of the first Raves, and pioneered some of the first use of spoken word.
His live mixing, and Stage production included heavyweights from KRS-1 to the Circle Jerks, Blues Traveller, Jesus
Jones, Adam Bomb, Avatar, the Spin Doctors and others including Queen Latifah, Vanna White, and Debbie Gibson at storied venues including CBGB's, Woody's in the Village, the China Club, Limelight,
just to name a few acts and locations in addition to engineering at a long list of NYC studios about a half dozen he partially or completely designed and constructed.
Better known on social media as David (Z)yrxeese, he started learning classical
piano progressing through 3 teachers, the last of which was Ada Sohn Segal, herself a student of the famed composer Paderevski, who attested to his natural talent. During that time David picked up his father's classical guitar and found his passion. By the
time he was 15 he had been in no less than 3 groups in Northern Westchester, often playing for beer in biker bars playing Allman Brothers tunes; and in one band, Fritz, with then bandmate Greg Urbaitis (Tiny Tim, Swinging Erudites, The Queers, Dolly Parton)
playing to a 2,000+ member audience in their sophomore year of high school. Leaving home at 17 he travelled and worked widely in the Southwest working in carnivals, waiting tables, Tree-planting, Riff-wrapping, gas stations, roofing until settling in San Francisco
for over 10 years where roommate Danny "Hop-Sing" Barry (Nightmare Prod.'s/Journey/van Halen) -who was EVH's guitjar tech, got him hired at the Stone, San Francisco's legendary venue where he cut his teeth doing backstage security and meeting giants of British
and American music like Billy Idol, Jerry Garcia Band, Paul Pina(Steve Miller) and Boz Scaggs to name a couple. He migrated to live in the North Shore of Hawaii for 2 years with fiancee Anna Regina Sanchez who was killed in a tragic accident. Returning to
New York, David obtained his FCC operators licence, took electrical engineering at NYIT, attended Audio Workshop Chillicothe Advanced Audio Production, and joined the AES.
Thereafter followed a long period of engineering, co-producing, composing,
building, jamming during the course of which Lloyd David was able to play, casually and or performing, with Robby Hoddenott (Matt Kelley/Kingfish), Danny Isely, (Dr. John) members of Cheap Trick, deep Purple, Bobby Choinard(Billy Squire, Beggars and Thieves)and
Louie Merlino, Kevin Harris (both too many to list) Jim Moran (Roxy Perry) and many more. First published in 2016, more recently his name has appeared in music publications Tuned Loud, Featured in Jamsphere, in Electrowow; "....'Drowning, a collaboration I
did with a very gifted musician/composer Lloyd David Lieberman.." for work done on C Tiara Hotel and Venus in Chains 100 with Isobella Caroline Boucher available on CD Baby and ITunes. He is currently working on new originals and collaborating with any intriguing
artists/creative's that seize his imagination, most recently the artwork of amazing painter Julia Zelinskaya. Ongoing work on rough mixes of tracks that will appear on his first album can be heard for free at www.zyrxeese.com, and the title instrumental ZYRXEESE (Fate for God) is on rotation on about
40 stations globally on the Internet at this time.
Edited/proofing/writing: Christopher Witt Diamant and contributors
Interviewing David is Lauren Scott of Marquis Media; 4/17
1. As an artist on the rise, what is one thing you are most
excited about and one thing you are most afraid of happening in your career?
.....that has to be fame. Even being "successful", which to most people means having money. It's the journey that
I treasure not The destination or "achieving my dreams" ....I've never had a dream, it's more of a mandate the only thing I can do. when you really think about it, your dreams are all that you have...and that is a line from a song I have a song
called love is the law where I sing about that...being broke and hungry makes you resourceful. I don't need money it's everyone else around me that seems to need it from me!
2. Your song ‘Zyrxeese’
is receiving a positive listener response on radio. What was your initial reaction when you first heard your song playing on radio?
I haven't had time to listen for it yet but my reaction
to the material being played on the network stations well, I'm pretty impressed As far as being in good company musically. Having done music for a living for a long time especially as an engineer or a producer makes you listen to music a little bit differently
as well. I already knew what it sounded like. Not the inspiring answer you were looking for I'm sure LOL.
3. What was the inspiration behind your radio single?
Nothing I was in love! feeling great, and I wrote it starting with the guitar, then the keyboard Fills, the bass, and drums. I programmed the drums with ProTools, and when I had it posted on LinkedIn I got an endorsement for
that from the drummer of Black Sabbath/Rainbow/Quiet Riot & I was like, "WOAH"! I didn't think it qualified as drumming, not "real" drumming. But I'm not going to argue with him on that.
4. It is often said that great art arises from difficult experience. Is there something in your life experience thus far that you would describe as the ‘catalyst’ or ‘fuel’ for your desire to create music?
It's the demons usually, and then when they're purged, it's just being happy to be alive, and sounding like it. I used to believe that I needed other people to inspire me, until I realized that it's
up to me to inspire others first. When I feel like things are too difficult I imagine how much worse they can always get and also the fact that there's always someone else who has it far worse off than you do. I can find a Silver lining to hell.
That attitude helps a lot. You just dig very deep inside it has much more to do with your mind then any practice or exercise or music method.
5. How would you characterize yourself as an artist/musician?
(Ex. Down-to-earth, serious, fun-loving, complicated…)
Irreverent, outlandish, outspoken, deadly serious, inattentive, obsessed, sloppy, meticulous, ...distracted, amazed, sincere,
but always aware. And always truthful unless I am lying.
6. What has your experience been like working with the other people on your team?
I've always had a couple of rules about music. About a band that is. The first one is you need a great name for the band (and the single). The second is communication among members, and the third and most important is that everyone has to
be good friends. What I mean by that is trust. I have seen too many great projects fall apart because people didn't see Eye to eye or trust each other.
7. Did you come from a musical background?
Are there other musicians in your family?
Yes. My entire family on my uncles side are musicians, they are cantors and professional musicians with albums, and my younger brother who
is a Juliard graduate and conductor/composer has innumerable CDs of his compositions of classical music. I like to think that has nothing to do with my motivation but sometimes I wonder.
What do you find most rewarding about being an artist? What do you find most challenging?
Most rewarding? Listening to something I've created that I am completely and totally happy
with. That hasn't happened quite yet not 100 complete percent!!LOL and there you have the most challenging part as well.
9. Who are your role models in music?
Uriel, Israfel, or Raphael, who is one being (The Angel as known in old, Islamic, and New Testaments). And myself, including those friends I have who play.
10. Describe your best or
most memorable performance.
There were a few but the one that I was more satisfied with was when I was working a private party doing sound and was invited to play with members of cheap trick
and Others, I was never very good with names or keeping track of things so this type of thing has happened a lot. This just happens to be one where I remember who I played with.
There was another
time, that certainly qualifies as memorable it was a nightmare, when I was in high school playing in front of 2or 3 thousand ppl and my mother came behind us on stage,started unplugging my guitar, pushing over the amp behind me. I didn't know but I suddenly
saw and felt the collective utter SHOCK coming from the Audience who saw this going down well before I did. When my guitar finally went dead I turned around and saw it was unfolding before everyone there. That gave me a monumental case of stage fright,
playing in front of people, or even being recorded that lasted most of my life....and probably had a lot to do with me becoming an engineer. When you are playing music there is a certain feedback that occurs between the members of the band but also between
the audience and the band, that is a tremendous tremendous power, which keeps building on itself but I'm not sure how many people have experienced something like that that was so powerful that turned so suddenly horrific. I've just worked on getting
over it. For a long time.
11. What advice would you give to young, aspiring artists out there who are unsure and need guidance?
would tell them to see what they can find that still online of my own Music that is really lousy ....I threw my pride out the window knowing that there might be a time when i might be an example to others. Studio perfection that you hear on the radio
takes a long time and it's very rare that you pull off a perfect take that everyone is happy with. You can't compare yourself to that. If you have heart that's all that matters. Play from that heart. Loudly. And as soon as you start playing for anyone
but yourself And start caring about whether they like it or not you will start backsliding. I had to leave home before I graduated high school to play music The way I wanted.
12. What's next for
you as an artist? Is there an album in the works? If so, what can you tell us about it?
I have some pretty big ideas involving multimedia that I'm not going to get into
right now, but I can tell you that will find The beginning's of my first album at www.zyrxeese.com where
you can listen to scratch tracks rough mixes etc. for free that are not finished or radio-ready....however these songs will be on the first CD.