ROCK SPRINGS – It may have seemed like forever but local music fans did not have to wait “So Long” for the next ZamTrip project
Band members Cory and Cody Zampedri recently sat down with SweetwaterNOW to talk about the making of their first concept video “So Long” and discuss a little of what is coming up for the band.
While the band has done other live videos for fans, On Dec. 1 they released their first major video. It tells a story of a young girl and her struggles through life with issues such as bullying, but Cory said there is so much more to it. He said since releasing the video the band has been surprised by the number of people and the different meanings so many have taken from the story.
The shoot was done over a week in October in both Evanston and Rock Springs by Ty Coleman and Rogue Digital from Logan, Utah. Cody explained they shot the video backward starting in Evanston before returning home to shoot what eventually would be the beginning of the production.
In Evanston, the video was shot at the Roundhouse. The band decided on the Roundhouse because the unfinished section had a grungy and eerie feeling to it which Cory said added to the overall feeling of the video. Some of Cory’s favorite scenes were shot at the Roundhouse. He explained they poured baby powder on his drums to add to the effect and 13 takes later, he and his drums were caked.
“If I give a hard enough hit, I can still get a good little puff of powder,” Cory joked. ‘I’m not sure if it will ever be completely clear of baby powder.”
After finishing up at the Roundhouse, the crew loaded up and came home to Rock Springs to shoot the first part of the story. It wasn’t a hard decision on where they wanted to shoot in Rock Springs. Cody said they wanted to give back to those who have given so much to them which focused on businesses in downtown Rock Springs.
“Places like Graffiti Records and the Pickin Palace have been so good to us over the years and we wanted to include them,” Cody explained.
Not only did they shoot at familiar places in Rock Springs, they also included many friends and family in the video. Some of Cody’s favorite moments of the shoot were shooting with all the familiar faces.
Cody also said they could not have done it without the help of Pale House Sound Studios, Shayne Lewis, Melody of Mayhem, Scorpion Percussion, Rock and Roll Rock-n-Roll GangStar Apparel and of course, their parents for their constant support.
“We couldn’t do it without them,” Cory said.
The band is always writing and recently added four songs in their live set with So Long being one of those. Cory said they had such a positive response to the song, they wanted to use it for the video. While they are currently writing songs for the upcoming album, the band said have not decided if So Long will be included on it or if it will remain a single.
Until then, fans can get the single at places such as iTunes, Spotify and other major music sites. Fans can also catch the band and the single live as ZamTrip has several upcoming dates here in Sweetwater County. On Dec. 17, the band will join Penrose for an acoustic show at Johnny Mac’s Ugly Sweater Party. The show is set to start at 9 p.m.
They will also be playing a three-hour set at the Park Hotel on Dec. 23, honoring local veterans at Music for Vets at the Green River Legion on Jan. 7, the SaddleLite Saloon Jan. 13-14 and another acoustic set on Jan. 26 as they will perform at Live in the Lobby at the Broadway Theater.
Watch the ZamTrip Facebook page for details on the new album and upcoming shows.