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To most, Beirut is the capital and largest city in Lebanon. But if you Google it, the indie-rock-world-music group by the same name pops up first. Lead by Santa Fe native Zach Condon, Beirut is one of the most interesting-sounding bands out there. Listening to an album is like taking a trip around the world, but it's the kind of trip where you duck into alleyway cafes and eat street food under umbrellas.
Condon, who has an unforgettable voice and rocks hard on the trumpet, dropped out of high school as a teenager and traveled to Europe with music on his mind. After dropping out of four colleges, Condon gave it up for good and pursued a musical calling that has now turned into Beirut.
He found a blast of success very young, after recording an album in his bedroom called Gulag Orkestar. The powers that be in the music world took notice, and between the influence of the Internet and word of mouth, Condon was all of a sudden the hottest new thing. His first show was packed with more people than he could imagine --and frankly, he botched it. He told New York Magazine, "We were just so unprepared, with so many people there expecting the Second Coming."
But that was years ago, and the difference between hype and heart is apparent.
The Huffington Post spoke with Condon about how far his "youthful exuberance" got him, how not traveling helped his last album and how writing music makes him self-conscious.