Has anything else like that happened at one of your shows? Spontaneous declarations of love, major life announcements, the Second Coming?
I wouldn't even know where to start. People are crazy, and people are awesome. I could sit around talking for days about how crazy people are, and how awesome people are. I seem to attract them both. It's definitely an odd thing; the bigger I get, the more extreme weirdness I see.
As for the romance, people are always telling me that they met at my show and fell in love, stuff like that. In fact, I get like 150 offers a year to play weddings. I usually end up doing about 15 per year. I have to keep it under control.
There was a point, for about five or six years that I was doing 300-plus shows a year. My priorities have definitely changed as a human being, especially as my daughter is getting older, and I want to spend more time at home. So last year I cut that show amount in half, and we're still paying all the same bills as before. But I managed to break even, which is great. After spending so many years not breaking even, I can't complain.
You know, it's phenomenal to look at where you've been, and where you are today. This past weekend, I sold out at a venue in Atlanta and I remember playing the exact same venue several years ago and there were four people in it, and one was my dad and one was my sister. So playing the same venue now where there are significantly more audience members, and half of them aren't my immediate family, is pretty awesome.
Last question: What do you want for Christmas, Zach Deputy?
I have everything I want. I don't really like the presents thing on Christmas, because it blinds people to what's supposed to be going on during the holidays. All of the things I've wanted and asked for, thank God, have been given to me, and I'm grateful.
[Laughs.] Unless somebody wants to buy me a bunch of light show equipment.
Zach Deputy will play at 9 p.m. Thursday, November 29, at the Funky Buddha Lounge and Brewery, 2621 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton. Tickets cost $12.