From North Carolina to South America and everywhere in between, Gypsy & Me are the perfect traveling companions and musical missionaries. These civil souls are always “grateful for the opportunity to share [their] story". They hope that their passion in life resonates with their listeners.
Mike Moore and Kyzandrha Zàrate have an array of talents that may start with a guitar and few vocals but end with a lifetime experience. They use the sounds of train tracks and airport noises to capture their lyrics for the ultimate musical essence. And although they have settled in North Carolina, it’s very unmistakable that the world captures their home and hearts too.
Before teaming up, Moore had written a song titled “Gypsy in Me” so when it came time to think of a band name, “it perfectly suited us and is a conversation starter," Zàrate adds.
They rang in the New Year with a new album, Road Sweet Home, “a soundtrack about life on the road as well as a shift from conventionalism to simplistic living with a focus on what’s most important in life."
While Moore was traveling the majority of the year for work, together they found balance through songwriting. After settling down in the foothills of North Carolina, their craft developed further; however, not everyone understood this decision.
“This opportunity was placed before us and we took it and ran. While people on the outside may have considered this to be too risky, it felt like destiny. The music began flowing and Road Sweet Home was born."
As global scholars, traveling has a significant impact on their personalities and, of course, their music. For Moore and Zàrate, exploring the coastlines and mountain ranges is where they truly find themselves.
Zàrate recounts that Moore was custom to life on the road before they met. “I had yet to experience seeing these amazing places in person. Once we visited these places together, the spark to experience as much of this world together was lit. When you’re hiking the Grand Canyon or at the top of Angel’s Landing in Zion, you realize how small you are and how small our problems are in the grand scheme of things. Living full and free is a mindset and one of the greatest achievements in anyone’s life."
As with any adventure, challenges take on all shapes yet it’s made for some conversation starters. “I’ve come back to my hotel room in San Francisco to find a girl I didn’t know in his room," recalls Moore. “I also lived with monks in California for a few days, watched a couple of guys drinking out of their friend’s fake leg at a bar, and saw a tour bus flip in India." It was during these bizarre encounters that Moore met their landlord on a hike in the mountains. “He offered us the opportunity to caretake his land and cabins! Since then, together, we’ve hiked to the top of a volcano in Antigua, Guatemala where we camped through a thunderstorm and watched the neighboring volcano erupt. Aside from being absolutely amazing, it was one of the most mentally and physically challenging experiences."
The duo now call Brevard home, a gateway to the alluring Blue Ridge Mountains. Zàrate literates that “mountain life has been a breath of fresh air. From the friendly people to simplistic cabin living, our ability to focus on the music has been really great for the mind and soul. We are surrounded by talented musicians and incredible landscape."
Moreover, Zàrate has found a new niche with creativity: jewelry. Moore is an avid collector of stones, fossils, shells and other elements from his travels. In an effort of creative output and self promotion, they can showcase beyond their abilities. “We want to give listeners the ability to take a piece of our experiences home with them," Zàrate adds. Each piece is one-of-a-kind and made by hand.
Their musical palates are centuries vast, encompassing American singer/songwriters. “We share a passion for creative storytelling and a live and learn mindset which makes our music relatable to each and every listener."
Moore adds that “music is a universal language. It can also be very therapeutic." And in that regard, “it’s our way to reach people whether they’re listening in a bar or listening in the privacy of their home. Our music speaks self revelation." He also notes that don’t always grasp the significance of their work until the song is complete.