LOS ANGELES, CA-
“…The show opened with a bang when Zee Machine took the stage. Nee Joe Bissell, Zee Machine brought an energy and enthusiasm to a room whose audience was slowly trickling in. If Zee Machine’s music foreshadowed what we were to expect for the rest of the evening, the bar was set high. It would have to be pop-perfection, and nothing less.
In his music, you could hear hints of a variety of influences. If I had to guess what songs he would put in a self-created playlist I could imagine him putting in everything from Prince to NSYNC to Gloria Estafan. There was a lot of joy in both his music and his performance, and it really made for a genuinely, enjoyable time. His tenor voice has a timbre perfectly suited for the pop music he performed. The smooth transitions from his chest voice into his falsetto really demonstrated a masterful control of his instrument.
In doing a little research on him after the show, I learned that he’s had to overcome a lot of personal struggles. Without knowing better, I would have never assumed that he overcame a serious addiction to meth. With the amount of organic joy he exhibited on stage, it appears that those are crosses he no longer bears…