Award winning singer/songwriter Byron Zanos has finished shooting a video for his new song “Still in a Fight.” The video was directed by Marc Birnbach and shot on location at Bennett Studios in Englewood, NJ, where Zanos recorded his debut CD Somewhere in the Middle.
“I developed a very simple music video for “Still in a Fight” to introduce Byron Zanos to the world as I thought it should be done,” says Birnbach. “The shoot consisted of Byron, my camera, and me; the video is an intimate portrait of an artist at work. Byron Zanos reminds me of a cross between Jason Mraz and John Mayer, and his music has lyrics that I can relate to from a personal standpoint. “
“’Still in a Fight’ comes out of that old, anecdotal piece of relationship saving advice ‘Don't go to bed angry,’ explains Zanos. “It’s an easily relatable song. Everyone has spent a night tossing and turning after a fight with significant other, and nobody wants to be the first one to call.”
Zanos will perform “Still in a Fight,” “Pandora’s Box,” (Silver Medal Winner/Mid Atlantic Song Contest) and other songs from Somewhere in the Middle at his upcoming New York area gigs. He will be at Maxwell’s in Hoboken, NJ as part of the New Jersey Songwriters in the Round series on June 20 and at Arlene’s Grocery on July 25. After an enthusiastic response at NACA (National Association for Campus Activities), Zanos is now booking dates at colleges throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.
Zanos’ lifelong love of music began in his parents’ living room, listening to his father’s opera collection. As a kid, Zanos had a more classical bent, with his first instrument being the piano. That all changed though, when he bought his first album: Guns ‘N’ Roses Appetite for Destruction. “It was like a bowl of Lucky Charms after eating oatmeal my whole life,” Zanos says.
Zanos’ wit permeates his music. With lyrics like “You bought ’Happiness for Dummies’ and you/you think you’re gonna teach me something” (“Pandora’s Box”), “You want everything to come the easy way/…money without all the working/weight loss on pasta and chips” (“Better Days”), “Pack your bags/looks like we’re going on a guilt trip again” (“Sleeping Sally”) and “Everyday life version 4.0/tech support is no help at all/answers in the next hot reality show – or in the drug that keeps grandfather’s love tall” (21st Century Boy), it’s hard not to laugh (as well as sing) along. However, other songs on Somewhere In The Middle, such as “Blind Today”, show a softer, more vulnerable side, and when Zanos sings “I never knew a foot so good to fit your shoes” in the aptly-named “Sweet Melancholy,” listeners are bound to be touched.