This feature originally appeared in the September issue of TransWorld SNOWboarding. Subscribe here.

Phrases: Jens Heig

You have not seen the title Zac Marben pop up in a latest full-length video. When Vans’ acclaimed LANDLINE. was revealed in January, the Minnesotan recognized for his suave but intense strategy to the road and backcountry was noticeably absent. It wasn’t by alternative. Between an uncooperative shoulder and a big, proficient solid, the longtime staff rider’s footage wound up on the chopping room flooring. “Shit occurs,” he stated, with a tinge of remorse in his voice.

The roots of Marben’s passions, nonetheless, have solely develop into extra deeply rooted in his life. He began a household together with his spouse, Jenny. A paintbrush nonetheless finds its method into his hand, regardless of changing his artwork studio right into a bed room for his son, Radley. He unleashes his creativity on a fretboard as usually as a snowboard and data extra songs than methods. For Zac, if it isn’t fulfilling, it will not occupy a lot of his time as a result of there is not sufficient of it to do all he desires to do.

Nonetheless, Zac’s tenure as a professional is not over. Watch any of the Instagram movies he is posted from final season, and you may notice that refinement comes with age. Till you see his title earlier than a video half, you may see his title on Spotify or iTunes, within the nook of a portray, or possibly even illuminated above First Avenue’s seventh Avenue Entry on a Friday night time. When shit occurs, Zac makes probably the most of it.

Whereas Zac now pursues many passions, the one we initially know him for nonetheless burns shiny. PHOTO: Cole Martin

When did you begin enjoying and recording music?

I began enjoying guitar and drums once I was round 9 years previous, across the similar time I began snowboarding. I discovered a pair issues from my dad however largely taught myself. It wasn’t till I used to be 16 or 17, once I was occurring journeys with Volcom, that I began enjoying day-after-day and touring with a guitar. I met Scott Sullivan, the photographer; he is an incredible musician. He informed me to play my guitar day-after-day, it doesn’t matter what. I actually took that to coronary heart. Since then, I have been writing songs and enjoying as a lot as I can, studying all the opposite stuff too: drums, bass, tune construction. Prior to now 10 years, I’ve in all probability recorded 500 songs.


Since I’ve began, I’ve simply wished to play an increasing number of, hold doing it. I play with my buddies Jonas Michilot and Brandon Larson generally; we now have a unfastened band going. Then I simply do plenty of recording in my basement.

And you lately launched an album.

Yeah, I simply launched Dunes. I have been engaged on that for just about three years. Took a short time, however I am psyched on it. It is the lighter facet of my music. I’ve a plan to do one other album within the close to future with a number of the heavier stuff I do.

Who evokes you, musically?

I get influenced by the bands I am listening to on the time. I take heed to plenty of metallic, Black Sabbath. I wish to play into some dreamy elements, like Pink Floyd fashion. I take little hints and elements which might be just like different bands, however I do not attempt to use any person’s fashion an excessive amount of. I need to have my very own.

A peak backstage of the place Zac has been creating these days. PHOTO: Kyle Frauly

Would you say your snowboarding is influenced by your music or that your music is influenced by your snowboarding?

I feel they’re completely completely different. Perhaps a few of my creativity feeds into each of them, however I do not know if I actually deal with them the identical.

Do you need to carry on the hustle and do large issues in snowboarding, or are you in a spot the place different elements of life have gotten extra essential to you?

Snowboarding continues to be the identical to me; I’ll do it it doesn’t matter what. I might wish to go on some greater journeys, however not having as many sponsors, that stuff would not occur as usually. I am not going to be flying abroad only for enjoyable as a result of I am unable to afford that. I am going to nonetheless be snowboarding, however it is going to be ten minutes, roughly, from my home at Hyland [Hills] with the boys. We’ve scene, crew there. Simply having that comfort makes it enjoyable.

Even now that he has transformed his artwork studio right into a room for his son, Zac nonetheless finds the time to the touch brush to canvas.

The danger that is concerned with skilled snowboarding is appreciable. Now that you’ve a household, does that change your outlook in any respect?

A little bit bit, for certain. Through the years I’ve had fairly a couple of accidents. Now, with Jen and the little man to take care of, I take it a extra critical with backcountry security and the risk-to-reward ratio. I am not going to threat my life due to the potential to get in a magazine or have a ten-second clip in a video. I am not going for the shock issue as a lot as bringing it again to the roots once more. It isn’t all concerning the dangers. I might somewhat be doing it for the explanation I started–because it is enjoyable. If it isn’t enjoyable, then why do it?