Zachary Lambert | ZachhAttackk
Golden Hour Flow~
When did you begin your journey into the flow arts, and how were you inspired to start?
I began my hoop journey at the music festival Counterpoint in 2014. A friend of my mine was spinning doubles at the main stage and caught my eye. It was one of the coolest thing I had ever seen. This interaction inspired my to buy my first hoop the day I got home from that festival. From that point on, I haven’t put down a hoop since.
What do you love about the experience of performing?
My favorite part about performing is getting the chance to meet other like-minded Flow artists and being able to create new art with them. Over the years, different performance opportunities have allowed me make new friends from all around the world and I couldn’t be more grateful.
How has being a part of the flow community touched your life? How can the flow community make an impact and how do you see yourself being a part of it?
The hoop and flow community has allowed me to become more confident and outgoing, and has brought me closer to incredible human beings from all around the globe. Sharing this incredible passion means that you always have a hobby in common with another flow artist and many times it’s all you need to make a new friend. The sense of community that comes with flow arts is unlike any other passion or hobby. Being a part of this community for the last couple years has allowed me to feel included and to include others, and I wish to continue to make everyone with an interest in flow arts feel welcomed into the community with open arms.
What advice would you give to someone just starting their flow journey? Which tutorials or guiding principles helped you along the way?
I’d tell them that persistence is key and to keep with it even when learning that new trick or discovering your flow seems difficult. I’d also tell them not to compare themselves to others and that everyone was a beginner at some point. When I first started hooping Deanne Love and her tutorials were a huge help to me in learning the fundamentals as well.
Where do you aim to hone your skills in 2018? Have you taken on any new props or specialties recently?
My goal for this year is to expand upon my triple hoop and quad hoop abilities.
What are your main props/specialties?
Main prop is hoops. I sometimes also spin fans, poi, and recently contact staff.
Is there a particular aspect about the hooping or flow community that you’re passionate about? How do you envision your influence?
I’m passionate about teaching and also passionate about people unleashing their individual creativity with their props. I spent a good part of last Fall traveling and teaching some of my unique skills to other hoopers and it was an incredible and rewarding experience. I hope to be able to continue to do this in the future and keep on spreading my knowledge with the hoop community.
In a nutshell, how would you describe your unique style of flow? Are there artists or dance styles that you take inspiration from?
My Flow style is very techy and I do a lot of coinflips and plane-melting kinds of loves. I love learning and creating new tricks and incorporating them into my flow. Dizzy Dynamic, Albinoplant, and Monica Marie have been some of my biggest hoop inspirations.
Where do you like to practice the most?
I love to practice all over the place! When I’m home, I spend a big portion of my time hooping in my backyard, as well as down the street in my gyms studio. On the road I hoop wherever I can- on beaches, in forests, at music festivals and beyond.
Do you have any flow related personal successes that you’d like to share?
One of my biggest recent hoop successes was being invited to teach classes at the Alpine Hoop Retreat in Austria this summer. Some of the other instructors on the line up are artists who I’ve looked up to since I began hooping, so to be alongside them on a line up means something very special to me.
Are you a part of a troupe or performance group?
Loose member of The Kinetic Spinners
Do you teach, mentor or create tutorials?
I travel and teach workshops and I also post hoop tutorials on moves unique to my flow.
Are you a part of a flow community or flow meet-up? Are there any local flow gatherings near you?
When I’m home I attend local flow jams in the Tampa Bay area. We have a fire jam every Saturday night and a monthly jam where we take turns teaching workshops the first Sunday of every month.
Are you one of the community members that helps to organize any of these events? Do you want to share details of how you take a leading or participatory role?
I don’t specifically organize these events, but I do teach some of the workshops from time to time! 🙂
At which festivals/events/retreats can you be found in 2018?
This summer is pretty packed for me! I’ll be teaching at many festivals such as FunkyFlowDah, Playthink, The Alpine Hoop Retreat, Midwest Flow Fest, and Florida Flow Fest! Catch me there! 🙂
Are you an active performer?
Yes! Just recently I performed at Life In Color Miami in January. I have a local gig booked on 4/20 at a local Tampa club as well.
In recent months I have invested time into personal workshops in various cities rather than specific performances, but I will for certain be performing at Cluster festival in the DMV area come August. I have a couple of exciting workshop events coming up as well such as instructing at the Alpine Hoop Retreat in Austria this summer and teaching classes at Playthink fest and some of the Flow Fest festivals this summer