Zachary Robinson ’24 (Bachelor of Arts in Recording & Audio Arts) released “Voyage,” a new EP under his artist name 571-Ohtl. Visit https://untd.io/m/604f5fc486f5483507bae431 to listen to his new album. The album contains explicit language and subject matter.
My debut EP, my maiden voyage. I think if I were to represent everything that went on this semester within myself and even some of my friends’ own journeys, “Voyage” would be it. I spent a rough two months working on it and I first came up with different concepts for the songs and what type of story I’d tell.
Then when Michel Fantom ’24 (Bachelor of Music in Music Production & Recording Technology) came on, he and I put in so much time into this project. It wouldn’t have turned out this way without him. He’s an amazing producer, talented musician and a good friend to have around in life. Mike would take a sample or concepts and then I’d write my life and reality over Mike’s art and we’ve had the best chemistry and even better friendship ever since.
This project allowed me to grow in my skills outside of a rapper. As a producer, I’ve learned so much from Derek Brown ’22 (Bachelor of Arts in Recording & Audio Arts); he helped me with this project as well. He produced “MOMS BLESSING” and contributed to “UNTITLED EMOTIONS.” I was able to learn more about mixing and mastering from Thomas Preston ’23 (Bachelor of Music in Music Production & Recording Technology) and Wayne Romero ’24 (Bachelor of Music in Music Production & Recording Technology). They both did my vocals and were nice enough to show me what they know and give tips to how to strive for the best sound.
“Voyage” represents a journey. You take one while listening. You hear my different stories: “MOMS BLESSING” and “WHERE” speak on my journey of acceptance of where I came from and what I want to do to improve it. “ENTER THE CASTLE” and “ICE CAPS” represent my journey taken in being independent and the mentalities I take on while pursuing my goals. “UNTITLED EMOTIONS” is my journey in love and relationships. In the end, I’m thankful for each of them and this project but most of all glory to God.
“Overall when my EP released I was so proud of myself and the people who contributed. I praise God for how good it’s doing. I wouldn’t have done this without Shenandoah’s resources, and network. Being here this year definitely helped me as an artist and I wouldn’t have improved this much if I hadn’t attended.”
– Zachary Robinson ’24 (Bachelor of Arts in Recording & Audio Arts)
“Working with Zach on the EP gave me the opportunity to create different sounds that I didn’t really create before, especially because he gave me video game samples to mess around with that can be heard throughout the project.”
– Michel Fantom ’24 (Bachelor of Music in Music Production & Recording Technology)
“It was great working with Zach and Mike. It was the first time I have collaborated with anyone at SU, and I had a blast creating music with these guys!”
– Wayne Romero ’24 (Bachelor of Music in Music Production & Recording Technology)
“Zach was good to work with. He gave good feedback and set clear expectations for the project. He also is a quick learner. I’m really glad I got to work on it with him.”
– Thomas Preston ’23 (Bachelor of Music in Music Production & Recording Technology)