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Life on the Run

by Zack Lopez
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Zack Lopez (born Nepo Moseno) is an American singer, songwriter and artist. He has been influential in popular music for more than a decade, most recently as one half of the alt rock duo known as Middle Class Rut. Much of his most celebrated work dates from the 2010’s, when songs such as “New Low” and “Busy Bein’ Born” chronicled social unrest.

Lopez repudiated suggestions from journalists that Middle Class Rut was speaking for the current state of the world. Nevertheless, early songs such as "All Walks Of Life" and "Lifelong Dayshift” became anthems for the American underground rock movement. Currently on hiatus from Middle Class Rut, Lopez's three-minute and thirty second single "I Don’t Know" will alter the range of popular music in 2016. His mid-2015s recordings, backed by different rock musicians, will reach the top end of the industry whispers, while also attracting denunciation and criticism from others in the Alt Rock movement.

Lopez's lyrics have incorporated various political, social, personal and philosophical influences. They defy existing pop music conventions and appeal to the burgeoning counterculture. Initially inspired by the performances of the Geto Boys, Another Bad Creation, Crash Test Dummies, as well as the songwriting of San Francisco’s street bucket percussion community. Lopez has amplified and personalized musical genres. His recording career, spanning 10+ years, has explored the traditions in American song - from 6 minutes on one chord, to kitchenware based percussion, to avant-garde techniques of mic overload and antiquated Pro Tools sessions. Embracing even southern two-step and the great Mexican Clomp Stomp. Lopez performs with guitar, booze, and a mean eyed stare. Backed by a changing line-up of musicians, he has toured steadily since the early 2000’s on what has been dubbed the Never Ending Climb tour. His accomplishments as a recording artist and performer have been central to his career, but his greatest contribution is considered his disregard for morality.

Lopez produced, wrote and recorded his latest material in the solidarity of his own mind and studio. Staying true to the sound people have to come to expect from him, while also branching out in other directions both lyrically and musically. 2016 will see the release of all of it.

Since 1994, Lopez has published no books, stacked several pieces of art in his closet, and his work has been exhibited in very few mediums. As a musician, Lopez has sold more than 250 records, making him one of the most-interesting-selling artists of all time.