SUNBURY — Sometimes the guys in the background need to take center stage.
A bass player and a drummer are doing just that as they hit area venues this summer to showcase their talents.
Brad Zimmerman (Brad Z) of Sunbury and Jose Teran of Queens, N.Y., are busy making people “feel the music,” Zimmerman said.
“We think you should not only hear the music, but feel it, and that is what Jose and I shoot for,” Zimmerman said, “We are trying to spread out in the area and book more venues.”
Zimmerman grew up in the Sunbury area with the initial intention of becoming a drummer. “When I was 13, I had a friend who played guitar, and he also wanted to form a band. The only problem was he needed a drummer and a bass player. I was quickly named the drummer, even though I had no drums, and our other friend would be the bass player, though he had no bass,” Zimmerman said. “Once our guitar player friend found a bass, I wound up taking it home only because it was there before the drum set.
“I learned to play the instrument by playing along with my favorite music by ear, and just learning as many songs as possible in all different styles of music, and trying to play with as many musicians as possible to push myself in different directions musically.”
By age 16, Zimmerman was introduced to a friend’s uncle, a guitarist, who was looking for a bass player.
“I had started playing at open mic nights and later formed a band with a guitar player. But as I got older (around 22), and after playing the same scene for so long, I wanted to start writing music and going in a different direction. So I quit the band. I then started working on solo compositions and focusing more on the bass as a solo instrument.”