Zach Deputy Takes A Trip To The Jungle For Envision Fest (INTERVIEW)

For longtime fans of Zach Deputy, the idea of taking in one of his self-described “explosion of groove, trance and soul” performances, on a beach under the Costa Rican sun surrounded by a few thousand like-minded, fun-loving individuals, is an experience concocted in music festival heaven. As a truly unique “celebration dedicated to awakening human potential,” Costa Rica’s Envision Festival provides a platform for different cultures to co-exist in sustainable community, and inspire one another through art, spirituality, yoga, music, dance, performance, education, sustainability and our fundamental connection with nature.

Fresh off the release of his fourth album, Wash It In The Water, and as part of his warm weather Always Sunny world tour, Zach joins the 2017 Envision lineup for the first time on February 25th and 26th, and is a perfect addition to the high-energy, tropical performance roster set to take place on a slice of paradise where the rainforest literally meets the beach at Rancho La Merced in the small Southern Zone town of Uvita, Puntarenas.

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Zach is no newcomer to the music festival scene, and the Georgia-based singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist lists New Orleans’s Bear Creek Bayou and Massachusetts’ Wormtown festivals as some of his favorites, saying, “It’s always the people that make a festival great.” As a one-of-a-kind, globally-inspired, and truly multifaceted gathering, Envision attracts some of the most open-minded, beautiful souls on Planet Earth, with a mission that focuses on everything that is good in the world.

Like most people who visit Costa Rica, Zach couldn’t resist a return visit, and is coming back for his seventh visit to the Central American paradise. In addition to his two appearances at Envision, Zach is also featured on the lineup for this year’s Jungle Jam festival in Jaco on March 11th. When asked about some of his favorite jungle experiences in the past, or recommendations for first time visitors to Costa Rica, Zach says, “It’s hard for me to pick favorites, but when I was in the Domincal/Uvita area last time with Best Time Ever Presents playing at Electric Garden, we hiked up a mountain and swam upstream to this amazing river gorge with a waterfall, and jumped off some cliffs [on a tour with Rancho DiAndrew.]  It always sticks with me how beautiful it was there.”

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As a personal fan of Zach Deputy’s work, I have one piece of advice to bestow on this year’s “Envisionaries” looking to add an extra special element to what will already be a transcending festival experience. After checking out one (or both) of Zach’s sets, try to spot him walking around the grounds, and give that man a hug!  In addition to being a unique, inspiring musician, and all around incredible human, Zach is officially the world’s greatest hugger, and will make you feel like a million bucks with one spirited squeeze. When asked about his signature snuggle, and if he has ever had a chance to bestow one on a personal hero of his, he said “I hear that everyday and I love it; I think we all need hugs. As far as musical heroes go, right when Ray Charles died, I had a dream that we were very old friends, just hanging out and having a good time. Ray gave me a hug because he loved me, and I felt like he passed the burden of soul on to me. Now part of my purpose it to keep that soul alive, and hugs are a part of it.”

If you are looking to keep your own “soul alive,” you won’t want to miss Zach Deputy rock it at Envision. Get your tickets here, and we will see you on the beach!

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