Producer and songwriter Bobby Z, perhaps best known as the drummer for Prince and the Revolution during the band’s heyday, has launched Zinc Records, a boutique label based in Minneapolis.
Acts recently signed to Zinc include Tangletown, the band fronted by Bob Dylan’s nephew Seth Zimmerman, which will perform at the upcoming South by Southwest fest in Austin, Texas. Z and his brother David Z co-produced the disc.
Former bandmate Eric Leeds, Prince’s key sax man, will also bow a Zinc album.
Z, whose real last name is Rifkin, also manages and produces performance artist Ana Voog.
“Zinc will provide a home for artists where music comes first,” Rifkin told Daily Variety, “and where the artists can benefit from my extensive experience in the industry. I know the perspective of a musician, producer and writer, which can be helpful on several levels.”
Zinc has several distribution offers on the table and expects to ink a deal shortly.
After 10 years in the Prince camp, Z segued in 1987 to album producing and songwriting and worked on a number of projects both Stateside and abroad.
His resume boasts projects for Boy George, Aswad, Manhattan Transfer and Prince protegees Wendy & Lisa, among many others.