Z A R
Pop/EDM Artist, Songwriter, DJ
Pop/electronic artist, singer/songwriter, and DJ from Hollywood, California. Let's make some magic!
I graduated from USC this past year studying pop music and acting. I have also taken numerous courses through the Songwriting School of Los Angeles. Before moving to LA, I lived in London and New York City - making music and diving into their scenes. This past year, I have worked with numerous multi-platinum producers as well as some prominent DJs. I have publishing with Spitfire Music with my most recent major placement being for the opening credits of an upcoming Amazon Original Series. I have had the pleasure of pitching some of my singles to A&R at Capitol, Warner Chappell, and Universal - with two of my singles being taken by Capitol Records for consideration. I love co-writing, top-lining, arranging, really any kind of musical collaboration. I am also a passionate DJ bringing the party to Los Angeles and beyond. I am currently being considered in Insomniac's Artist Discovery Project for EDC Las Vegas 2017 and Electric Forest 2017. I also play five instruments: piano (17 years), guitar (12 years), drums (11 years), ukulele (8 years), and alto saxophone (5 years). I have also been trained vocally for twelve years in pop, jazz, musical theatre, classical and opera. Hit me up and let's talk! I love meeting new people to collaborate with.
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Interview with Z A R
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. Depends on the project.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I wrote a song titled "Run with the Wild" and teamed up with powerhouse producer, Richard Harris, to bring it to life. It has now been placed as the song for the opening credits in the upcoming Amazon original series, "The Adventures of Snow White and Rose Red". We are very excited!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: My next single, "Blessed by the DJ" comes out in a few weeks, and this month we are filming the music video for my latest release, "Dreamcatcher".
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: The producers I have listed as collaborators are incredible.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will always put 100% love into our music, our relationship, and the entire project as a whole.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: - Being able to wake up every day and make music. - Being creative for a living. - Meeting amazing people to collaborate with. - Storytelling with lyrics and music. - Performing
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: It always varies depending on the project. I often get asked about my process and how I prefer to execute the project at hand. I tell them how I usually work but also let them know I am flexible and can change things up if it will help them feel comfortable and creative!
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Not always the case, but I have seen how many musicians get put in a box by the media, general population, or even their fans. Being called a "sellout" or reminiscing on how "they used to be good". Artists are forever morphing. Human beings are constantly evolving and growing. Music is how we express ourself - and our life is continually changing and so will our music. The possibilities are endless, and there's no ceiling...no genre or sound is off-limits for any artist in my opinion. There is no wrong answer when it comes to music - it is all an expression.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Small picture and big picture // What is your goal with this specific project and what is your goal as an artist/producer/writer/creator? It's good to know the end goal and work backwards from there.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Be ready to get creative, have fun, and make some dope sounds!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: 1. Piano 2. Guitar 3. My Blue Yeti 4. Laptop 5. Synths
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Life! I learned how to play piano at age six and never looked back. :)
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Electric, bold, out-of-the-box but still with a catchy pop chorus.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: SO MANY. WHY MAKE ME CHOOSE? But, I must admit, Skrillex is one of my musical heroes. I would love to collaborate with him.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: I have been learning this year the power of a great vocal double or gang vocal. If you are listening to your vocals and feel like they need a bit more drama or fullness, definitely try these out.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop & EDM
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Love. That may seem a bit silly, but it's true. Love for the music, and love for the people making it. Relationships are important to me. I want you to feel my support not only as a collaborator but also as a friend. I care about the people I work with. <3
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: My goal is to bring my honest genuine passion to every song. I always try to be out-of-the-box with my lyrics and melodic approach. My goal is to take a song and bring an electric, bold edge to it.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Depends on the project! I am flexible and my process changes depending on who I'm collaborating with. When I'm working solo, what comes most naturally is melody and arrangement. The music itself usually hits me first, and as bazaar as this may sound, I always feel like the music tells me what the song's about. The lyrics usually pour in from there. Although I am the biggest EDM kid, I grew up on live instruments and usually start writing a song on guitar or piano with voice. Very stripped down and raw. At that point, I'll record a rough demo and then see what production ideas come. I have been working on producing myself but at this point, I have been collaborating with producers from this point on. This is my typical process when I am working alone but a lot of the time I am collaborating and will go with the flow of the room. I'm just there for the ride...and to dance at the drop. :)
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a mini-home setup. I have keyboard synths, guitars, drums, various microphones for recording, TASCAM Digital Interphase DP-02, a Pioneer SR DJ Controller, as well as some smaller equipment. I work on Logic. I am also experienced with Pro-Tools, and Ableton is a work in progress.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I truly am inspired by everyone and everything. I believe there is no "wrong" in music - everyone has something incredible to contribute to this beautiful world. I consider myself a musical mutt - loving all genres. With that said, here are a few (or more than a few) people who come to mind right away: Skrillex, Flume, Alan Walker, Martin Garrix, Diplo, Zedd, Dillon Frances, Mija, The Chainsmokers, Rezz, Axel Boy, Jon Casey, Boombox Cartel, Bipolar Sunshine, Born Dirty, Halsey, Tove Lo, M.I.A., Lady Gaga, Banks, Rihanna, Bebe Rexha, Beyonce, Lorde, Marian Hill, Ellie Goulding, Pink, PJ Harvey, Joy Williams, Muse, Woodkid, Kanye West, Macklemore, Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar, Vince Staples, Chance the Rapper, A$AP Rocky, Desiigner, Nicki Minaj, Sirah, Drake, Lazy Habits, The Weekend, Bruno Mars, The White Stripes, Arctic Monkeys, The Black Keys, Arcade Fire, Nirvana, The Smashing Pumpkins, Radiohead, The Beatles, Tom Petty, Guns n Roses, Metallica, The Rolling Stones, John Cage, Mozart, Bach, Chopin, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: - Songwriting - Vocals - Arranging - Instruments (piano, guitar, drums, etc.)