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Andy Zipf (pronounced ZIFF) is a singer/songwriter from Indianapolis, Indiana, currently living in Northern Virginia. He has shared the stage with artists like Joshua Radin, Delta Spirit, Evan Dando, Jeremy Enigk, David Bazan, Sunset Rubdown and Rosie Thomas.
Zipf was among the first to call for a shift away from traditional music marketing business models, giving away much of his music for free. Even before Kickstarter became mainstream, in 2005 Zipf funded his first tour solely off the $2 donations of his fans. In 2006, he and manager Shawn Matthews raised more than $45,000 from his fans to produce The Long Tail EP. In 2009, he released ‘’The Cowards Choir using a "pay as you can" model from his website. These music and marketing techniques caught the attention of Paste Magazine, Performing Songwriter Magazine, American Songwriter, XM Satellite Radio, and CMJ music festival. Zipf has had songs played on VH1 and MTV, and "Stumble on the Line" was featured on ABC's Private Practice.
In 2008, Zipf embarked on a project and tour combining music and film in a constantly changing live performance art piece known as "Pfriends on Pfilm". Performing in all white, Zipf and his band played in front of a white canvas while thematic colors and found film were projected onto their bodies by artist Brad Wolf.
Zipf's latest album is Jealous Hands (his first on P Is For Panda/Hopeless). It was produced by Jeremy Griffith and digitally released on July 5, 2011. He also offered it as a free 192kbit/s download on his website.
In 2013 Zipf took the moniker The Cowards Choir and released the 4 song EP Reunion through NoiseTrade. Shortly thereafter, Zipf recruited drummer Adam Neubauer, percussionist Ben Tufts and bassist/keyboardist Ryan Walker to fill out The Cowards Choir band.
In October 2014 The Cowards Choir released the 4 song EP Cool Currency, also through NoiseTrade.
After the Ben Tufts & Friends benefit show for the Craig Tufts Memorial Fund at Vienna, VA's Jammin' Java in August 2015, Ben Tufts and Adam Neubauer parted amicably from the band. Continuing to play with Ryan Walker, Zipf welcomed Alissa Moore and Dayana Yochim into the band.
The new lineup is expected to release a full length album in 2016.
As Andy Zipf
- I Stole The Morning Sun (Gotee Records, 2004)
- Are We Going Down deluxe single (2005)
- The Long Tail EP (2007)
- Lay it Down EP (2008)
- The Cowards Choir EP (2009)
- The Long Tail (2009)
- Our Voice is a Weapon EP (2009)
- Travelers' Songs and Carols EP (2009)
- Jealous Hands (2011)
As The Cowards Choir
- Reunion EP (2013)
- Cool Currency EP (2014)
- MySpace.com - Andy Zipf
- Andy Zipf Official Site
- DCist.com Interview - Andy Zipf
- Interview with Andy Zipf about Pfriends on Pfilm
- The Cowards Choir Download
- Pfriends on Pfilm Session from Into the Hill
- Andy Zipf Daytrotter Session
- Andy Zipf on Twitter
- Andy Zipf on Tumblr
- Andy Zipf on Soundcloud