Get To Know: Zak Abel
This week's artist we're getting to know is the insanely talented Mr Zak Abel. Check out our interview with the 'Unstable' singer below...
1. For those who don’t know about you and your music, tell us a little bit about who you are and where you’re from…
I'm a singer songwriter by day, and a masked vigilante by night.
2. Describe your sound in three words…
Soul, pop, naked.
3. Who inspired you to start a career in music?
Michael Jackson. I remember having to rewind my Mum's compilation cassette tape over and over to listen to 'The Way You Make Me Feel' on repeat.
4. Who are your biggest musical influences?
Michael Jackson, Bill Withers, Paolo Nutini, Marvin Gaye.
5. Tell us about the writing and recording process for your new single...
I recorded most of the songs in an underground, windowless, sweaty studio in Shoreditch. Most of the album was produced by a half German, half Nigerian man with a blonde streak in his Afro, called Sky Adams. I wrote from the heart about things that were important for me.
6. What can we expect from your live shows?
Hip thrusting. A lot of hip thrusting. No, but seriously I want my live shows to be world class. I want everyone in the audience to feel connected to each other and to me. It's my responsibility to make that happen.
7. What has been your biggest career highlight so far?
A couple of weeks ago I headlined two sold out Scala shows. I've played some big festivals before, but being in a room with a crowd that has come specifically to see you is something very special.
8. Have you met anyone and been totally starstruck?
Yes! When I met Paolo Nutini, I was totally starstuck. He's one of my heroes and he had a very firm hand shake.
9. What’s on your iPod/playlists that people wouldn’t expect?
Joni Mitchell - Blue. That album has got some amazing lyrics on it.
10. When can we see you live?
I've got some festivals lined up for summer. I'll be playing El Dorada, Secret Garden Party, Wychwood plus some more. I'm also going to put on some headline gigs after the summer. If anyone's in Brussels on Monday, I'm doing a gig there!
Zak's latest single 'Unstable' is out now.
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