The YHS Artist Spotlight series returns with a new track from Kalamazoo producer and éasca co-founder s e s h. We had a quick chat with Zach O'Donell ( s e s h ) about his new collective, production style and live performances.
You’ve mentioned to me that you’re new to producer scene, how did you get started with you career as s e s h?
I have only been producing for just over a year now, so a lot of this is new to me. I’ve always loved music and I’ve always found a way to play it or perform live. When I was in the U.P., we formed this little group and we’d play at a few bars. I loved it. Long story short, while I was at “Freaky Deaky 2016,” I was watching Mr. Carmack with my good homie Al and I turned to him and said “yo, I could do that.” I ended up with a MIDI controller shortly after. So it’s really a trip now that I can invite him [Al] to show of mine. I feel really blessed. I started producing for about 6-8 months under the name “medsigan” while I just learning Ableton. I was also learning the piano, I never really played one before. Now I’m feeling pretty comfortable. When I really felt myself coming around I made the switch to “s e s h.” It was the right time for the name change and ever since things have been looking up.
What is éasca, and how did it get started?
éasca is a little project that myself, Sam Peters (Epicure) and Alex Kolenko started about 2 months back. Sam and I had been talking about starting a collective of artists in Kalamazoo for awhile. Alex and I had also been talking about creating an internet collective, so we all joined forces and started éasca. 2 months later, I’m blown away by the amount of support we’ve received. Sam is a really great musician and Alex has one of the best musical ears for someone that has never played an instrument. It’s been a lot fun. éasca is all about really chill vibe, more than that. It also leans towards this lo-fi style that is resurfacing. We may be having our first show in Chicago soon, but for now go follow @easca-collective.
“Young Blood” is a lovely song, what was the process behind creating it?
It was a really weird process actually. I needed to make something somewhat quickly, and I love that original song from “the naked and the famous,” but I couldn’t find an acapella for it. Instead, I started fresh with some new chords. I think subconsciously I was wrapping it around that song. So as I progressed the beat, I thought to myself that the lyrics from “Young blood” could fit it perfectly. I called my sister Renee and my good friend Jenna and borrowed their beautiful voices and we came up with the track.
What does your live performance look like?
Haha, that’s something you’re going to have to see for yourself, because I don’t even know what that’ll look like.
You can see s e s h performing tomorrow at The Loving Touch in Ferndale for the Epicure album release show.