Fan Fiqtion

Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.

My real name is Zion M Brock. I grew up in a very musical family in Texas, grounded in bluegrass, gospel and christian music. I was fortunate to attend a church that was very musically oriented and supported bringing our own instruments to church with us. This environment led me to experimenting with lots of different instruments, including the mandolin, banjo, guitar, and finally the drums. Through all this I started absorbing music theory, melody, chord structures, note intervals, harmonies, etc. in a natural way. My drumming took me to formal lessons for several years, which led me to playing in a Christian rock band, youth and tent revivals, marching drum line, school orchestra, etc. But I never really took any of this experience too seriously. It was always just a hobby. Funny story, senior year in high school, I got kicked out of a band helped start, something about “I wasn’t taking our garage band it seriously enough”. I actually swore off every playing drums more doing anything musical again for my entire life! I went off to college and pursued aeronautical engineering in college. And it’s funny, my favorite memories of college was when I caved on my promise, picked up my guitar and started participating and soon after leading the music for a campus ministry. It was during this time, and through the pains of growing up that I discovered songwriting. I still remember writing a song in my head while driving home from a study session late at night, getting home and pulling out my guitar and putting pen to paper. From that moment I was hooked. During one summer break in Dallas my friend Quincy showed me how he recorded music on his computer, and available producing your own music was becoming. I couldn’t shake this incredible pull to do that myself. After college I got a corporate job, I bought my first computer by taking out a loan with a credit union and immediately customized it to work as a production and recording tool. In 2007 I teamed up with co-writing friend of mine and began writing and producing dance and EDM type music. For 9 years I wrote and recording electronic and synth style music for other artists, with the hopes of licensing with little success. I started taking an online class a little over a year ago that introduced me to the world of sync licensing as a way of successfully making money as a musician. The class is taught by an amazing woman in LA who has had a huge success with this type of monetization. With all the knowledge I gained I began a new chapter in my music career. I switched genres completely and decided to focus on a more American folk style. I created a new artist name “Fan Fiqtion” and began writing and producing music in the folk pop genre. And if you’re wondering why I didn’t just go by Zion Melchizedek Brock it’s because I don’t really sing or perform. And if you go by your name it’s often expected that you’re the singer. This new direction allows for me to work specifically as the songwriter and producer and rely more heavily on singers with amazing voices to be heard. I also decided I wanted to create music in more of the Americana and folk genre,where I felt my expression was best suited. I knew I wanted some fresh voices so I started hunting, and found Cameron playing his guitar in the courtyard at a resort, Brittany and Celia Rose through the class I was taking, and Courtney from an online ad. For about 6 months I worked vigorously every day to complete a six song EP, which I released in late April called Winter Grass. Since its release I’ve had an incredible amount of validation and interest through a continual growing fan base that tells me I’m moving in the right direction.

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Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills.

The name Fan Fiqtion is a name I chose because it is grounded in modern pop culture by people that write fan fiction for all kinds of intellectual IPs. I find that fascinating, and in some ways my music is fan fiction of today’s world. I love stories and I love fantasy. My skill are primarily songwriting and producing. But I play some piano, synths, guitars, drums, and ukulele.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.

I really like folk and pop music because that’s the closest genre I grew up under. It’s a sort of mashup of all the types of sounds and music I love. The song “Father Time” was actually written about slowing down and enjoying the moment in life more. I actually wrote this in the shower of Caesars Palace, LV during a business trip. Sometimes it’s those funny little moments that you have t most inspiration.

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.

I think most of this is pretty simple. My music career really was about serving at church and playing music with friends and family. But out of this hobby grew a passion and discipline to focus it into original music to share. My biggest challenge has been breaking from a day job and going full throttle into producing and songwriting. It’s a scary thing to do, but has been totally worth it.

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.

I wrote and recorded everything. I produced the track as well. But I had a local artist, Cameron DeGurski actually sing the track since his voice is so much better than me. I also had it mixed by a professional mixer (Phillip Nichols) and mastering engineer (Nathan James at Vault Mastering Studios). The Lyric video I have for this track on Youtube was done by me.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.

I’ve been writing for about 17 years now, again just as a hobby until about 3 years ago. My goal is to just put out long lasting, good music that people will listen to for years.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

I’m inspired by a myriad of things. Anything from love, relationships,the news, struggle, sadness, etc. But for the most part I write about upbeat and positive topics. I think the world has too many sad and depressing songs.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

Well I guess I’m still trying to figure that out … LOL I think vibe, melody and hook is everything.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.

Optimism. I want people to know that it gets better. Life is worth living and there is magic everywhere around you if you know where to look.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

Be yourself. Find your niche and get really good at it. Don’t try to fit everyone’s idea of who you should be, or chase a moving target.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.

Right now all of that can be found on http://www.fanfiqtion.com/news. Anytime Fan Fiqtion is featured or reviewed, I post it up there. Outside of that, I’ve created feature demos for Sonokenetic, and software instrument company, and I had a track I co-wrote and produced featured in a reality TV show earlier this year.

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List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have  featured you as well and send message to them via this platform.

From the website I just mentioned…

EarMilk Music blog

Gas Mask Magazine blog

JLyrics Youtube channel

Adobe and Teardrops blog

The Brink of Midnight podcast

The Alternate Root Music blog

Modern Bear Magazine interview

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.

I discipline myself weekly to write something new. I currently have about 5 songs I’m working on simultaneously. I do most of this in my home studio. I also work remotely with co-writers and singers around the country. And I’ve been known to hire a violinist or guitarist from around the country to get parts in I need. I’m a very social and collaborative producer.

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Name five biggest artists that you look up to like idols.

Imagine Dragons

XAmbassadors

Ray LaMontagne

Emmylou Harris

Ed Sheeran

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.

Cameron DeGurski

Brittany Pfantz

Courtney Cotter King

Sonnet Simmons

Laura Baron

Celia Rose

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.

website: http://www.fanfiqtion.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/FanFiqtion

Facbook

Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/444024069327156/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fan_fiqtion/

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/winter-grassep/

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Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/7zH5179VcdDnOSlPM9dqns

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/fan-fiqtion

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYAfQ03A_x8&list=PLYoeXIZvbEkQZt_

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Google

Play: https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Fan_Fiqtion_Winter

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Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/winter-grassep/

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Padora: https://www.pandora.com/artist/fan-fiqtion/winter-grass/

CDBaby: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/fanfiqtion2

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

Happiest day: quitting my job in 2015

Saddest day: my significant other in 2007 died suddenly.

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