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An Interview with Ahmad Farzad, Part II of II

An Interview with Ahmad Farzad, Part II of II

Farzad with The Burning Peppermints, photo courtesy of Dez Wilson

 

By Lindsay McDuffie

Intense passion compels the best musicians. We see it every day–Alabama has a fire in its belly. One band, The Burning Peppermints, has forged ahead as a cardinal element in Birmingham’s alchemical music scene. Ahmad Farzad is one such wizard, playing baritone guitar for the Peppermints, producing quality records at his own recording studio, King of the Jungle Productions (KJP), and sharing his gracious attitude and learned experience with those who stand in his light.

But it’s not magic–it’s hard work. It’s regret. It’s redemption. In part one of this interview, we discussed Ahmad’s role as a record producer.  In part two of this interview, featured below, we discuss his role as a musician, and the unending passion it took to become one of the best.


The Peppermints are playing Sloss Fest this year. How are you and the guys preparing for this opportunity? 

Honestly, we’re working just as hard as we’ve worked when Sloss Fest wasn’t on the bill, when St. Paul and the Broken Bones wasn’t on our schedule. That’s pretty much our game plan; just keep doing what we’ve been doing, being as critical on ourselves as we usually are. But also, don’t change shit, make…

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“Amplify Humanity”: Ahmad Farzad & King of the Jungle Productions, Part I of II

"Amplify Humanity": Ahmad Farzad & King of the Jungle Productions, Part I of II

Farzad with The Burning Peppermints at Saturn Birmingham. Photo courtesy of Ellen Berryhill.

 

By Lindsay McDuffie

If you’ve spent considerable time in Birmingham’s music scene, you might recognize Ahmad Farzad’s man bun towering above a black leather jacket, or possibly a cotton white tee with “Truth = Beauty” written across the front in permanent marker. Ahmad (pronounced uh-MOD or, by his Persian family, AH-mad) is a Birmingham native, bassist for The Burning Peppermints and King Magnum, and owner of King of the Jungle Productions (KJP), where he records, mixes, and masters performances from some of the Southeast’s finest musicians. My interview with him far exceeds the space of a single write-up, so we’ll first discuss Ahmad’s role as music producer. In part two of this interview, we’ll discuss his role as music maker.

 

What are your current projects at KJP?

The new Peppermints album, Taylor Hollingsworth, Taylor Shaw, Dead Balloons, Elliot aka Meridian. All of these acts are Birmingham people who I think are super talented, uniquely talented. So I’m super pumped to work with them.

  

What’s the process you go through, in your mind, when you…

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