Help Our Homie Paul Zyla AKA Relative Q
Chances are, if you’ve been to Hot Mass or a Humanaut show in the past few years, you’ve heard Paul Zyla AKA Relative Q play. He’s a well-known figure in Pittsburgh’s underground dance music scene, and he recently encountered some misfortune after suffering an aneurysm and seizure on the morning of Monday, July 14. He is currently in the Neurovascular ICU at Prezby, and while he’s stable and slowly making progress, his road to recovery is going to be a long one. Luckily, he has a solid community of friends, family, and an amazing partner, Tobin, who has been by his side through all of this. He also has some pretty adorable cats, and we’re sure they miss him too. We wanted to show our support by telling all of you how you can show yours. There are plenty of opportunities to help out someone who has given so much of himself to Pittsburgh’s scene.
This Friday, July 25 Obvious is hosting “A Wizard Benefit” in lieu of the Broken Planet showcase that was to happen at Belvedere’s. Broken Planet is a techno label started by Paul, Jwan Allen and Shawn Rudiman, two other reputable Pittsburgh producers. The event has expanded from its original lineup to include the addition of a live set from Chase Smith, as well as sets from Mr. Owl and Depth One. Belvedere’s has been gracious enough to donate the venue for the occasion, and all proceeds at the door will go to helping out Paul. Having hosted many events at Belvedere’s as part of Humanaut, it certainly makes a lot of sense that everyone will be congregating at this space to show support. The event is named after his weekly online radio show, Ultrawizardsword. Remember this?
In addition to this, his homies at Young Robots, another label he started with friends Skinny Friedman, DJ Apt One, and DJ Ayres in 2009, is showing their support by holding a record drive for folks to send music to Paul to listen to while in the hospital. They bought him a portable record player, and are accepting donations via their contact page. Head over there to hear their thoughts on the situation and find out how you can participate. They’ve also made all of Paul’s releases with RCMP for free on the page, so make sure to check it out and get familiar with why this fella is so great in the first place.
Humanaut will be using their next Hot Mass monthly on August 9th to host a benefit for Paul. The lineup includes local pals Chase Smith, Mike Hanlon, Aaron Clark and special guest all the way from DC, D’Marc Cantu.
Tobin’s sister Meg started a GoFundMe campaign that has raised well over $7,000 in a short period of time, and is growing every day. Her outpouring of love and support has been made very apparent by her heartfelt words on the page. Make sure you head there if you have some cash to spare. Or, if nothing else, to see how much this guy is truly loved. In addition to this, Meg is hosting a benefit at Rock Bottom Brewery on August 13 where you can play cornhole and drink awesome beer, so make sure to check that out!
Locally-based platform Bleepsequence, a way for “artists to share their work in an environment encouraging collaboration and reinterpretation, for the cause of forward thinking experimentalism in electronic media”, is giving 100% of all donations made on bandcamp to Paul. They also have a benefit compilation in the works. Head over to their website to check out what they’re all about and consider donating to their bandcamp as another easy way to help.
Another GoFundMe campaign was initiated as a quick way to send Paul a gift in the hospital, and has sprialed into another impressive set of donations surpassing the $3K realm. It’s amazing to see the Pittsburgh community come together to support such a lovely person as Paul. If you’d like to learn more about him, check out this recent interview from The DJ List’s “Progressive Pittsburgh” series by a very compassionate member of our scene.
We are pulling for you, Paul, and hope the road to recovery isn’t too daunting! PROPS to you, PGH, for being so supportive and awesome to a great dude.