Marc Zolla’s Transformation from Drummer to Frontman of Z-Cocoon

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Filmed during winter, in Cap-Saint-Jacques, the video was simplified because of curfews and Pandemic restrictions.

The video captures that feeling we all had of isolation and frustration during this global pandemic.  

If Ozzy & Layne Staley combined DNA, you would get the Marc Zolla vibe on this song.

Origin Story

It was a high school talent show that hooked Marc into making music.  A three song set, and a few battle of the bands cemented the path.

Marc’s dad, who played drums in a Reggae/Ska band, exposed him to classic bands like Jimi Hendrix, Black Sabbath, Nirvana and Bob Marley.

With that foundation, Marc explored other genres like Heavy Metal, Stoner Rock and Rap.  

“My first instrument is the drums.  I used to be a band called Mooch.”  

He also joined his sister on tour with her Reggae/Ska band FoOlish.

“From there, I wanted to pay guitar, vocals”, so he taught himself to pay guitar.  

“I just wanted to start a solo project where I record the instruments and vocals myself in studio and have a power trio live.”  

Drummer Transforms into Frontman

April 2017 was Pink Cocoon’s first live show, but also Marc’s first time performing as a guitar/vocalist, instead of drums.

“I was way more nervous on stage.  I didn’t have the same stage presence.” 

Over the years, Marc’s performance game shot up to the point where he can now feel comfortable and can connect with his audience.  

The Writing Process

The writing process started with a “more experimental, Stoner Rock, Doom Metal” sound.  

Marc expanded his musical ingredients to include Modern Rock, Blues, Heavy Metal, Pop, Reggae and Rap.

“For Z-Cocoon, you can hear the influences, pretty clearly, like the obvious Sabbath, Hendrix, some Audioslave, Soundgarden, a little Alice in Chains and Nirvana.  Most of what I’m playing, when you break it down, is very blues.  That’s the foundation.”

Marc’s mission is not to replicate the bands but use them as building blocks off that raw Blues base.

His first DIY cassette run with Pink Cocoon sold out.  

Band Name

When it came time to name the band, Marc wanted a name that sounded opposite of most Metal bands.  He came up with Pink Cocoon and recently switched it to Z-Cocoon.

Marc saw the cocoon as that metamorphosis from a caterpillar to a moth.  

“The music is evolving.  That’s what it means to me, something that is evolving and never stays the same.”  

A cocoon also brings to mind protection.  When asked what we need to be protected against today, Marc shares: “Violence and people’s opinions that might not matter.” 

He points to the very real issue of one-sided news that instills fear and sometimes violence in the population.

“Not being afraid and doing what you want to do” is the way he strives to live, and he avoids “negative people who try to put you down, when you try to achieve something.”

Being in a cocoon is blocking out the negativity and feeding oneself with positivity.  That starts with the ones we choose to surround ourselves with.

The Gift Music Gives Back

Music takes a lot from an artist to create and perform.  When asked what does music give back, Marc answers: “I’ve developed a lot of relationships through music, met a lot of friends and made connection.  It’s built up my confidence being a frontman.  I used to be very shy in High School.”  

Not only does that confidence help Marc’s performance, but it also helps him in life, “doing what you believe is right, no matter what anyone else says.”

Music as also given Marc the chance to see different cities and venues from Halifax to Vancouver.  “Exploring places I probably would not have gone if I wasn’t playing a gig.”    

It also enabled his to develop his social skills and learn about all the different aspects of the music business like social media Marketing and graphic design.

Fantasy Rock Band

When asked to create the ultimate rock band, is an exploration into an artist’s influences.  Here are Marc’s choices when asked to assemble the ultimate Rock Band.

Vocals:  Chris Cornell

Guitar:  Jimi Hendrix (runner up:  Stevie Ray Vaughan)

Bass:  Cliff Burton (Metallica)

Drums:  John Bonham (Led Zeppelin) with runner up Mitch Mitchell (Jimi Hendrix) and Ginger Baker (Cream)  


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Writer: Randal Wark is a Professional Speaker and MasterMind Facilitator with a passion for live music.  You can follow him on InstagramTwitter and YouTube. His Podcast RockStar Today helps musicians quit their days jobs with out of the box advice from Ted Talk Speakers, Best Selling Authors and other interesting Entrepreneurs and Creatives.

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