Dublin, County Dublin
As a 90’s child of Bavarian descent growing up in Wicklow, ZASKA seems to have come from a different place and era altogether. His unique stage identity of Guitarist + Frontman paired with his off-stage Composition + Arrangement talents has made him a complete musical anomaly in the Irish scene.
Having completed a B.A. in Jazz Performance in Newpark Music Centre, he has found a way of channelling complex and unconventional composition techniques through a feel good blend of Future Soul, Hip Hop and Funk reminiscent of Hiatus Kaiyote, D’angelo and Tune Yards.
Former members boast a rich catalogue of some of Ireland finest talent including Andrew Hozier Byrne (Hozier), Karen Cowley (Wyvern Lingo) and Dylan Lynch (Little Green Cars).
With an entertainer’s soul fuelled by a supernova of raw energy backed by an 8-piece supergroup of Dublin’s most in demand professional musicians, Zaska’s famous live shows are a force to be reckoned with.
After the release of his debut EP In Your Own Sweet Time along with a sold out launch gig in The Sugar Club in May 2014 he took the Irish gig circuit by storm leaving audiences calling him the “best live act in Dublin”. He then capped the year off with the release of his 2nd EP Different Light in November, which was named Goldenplec’s Irish EP of 2014.
2016 has been Zaska’s busiest year to date, having released his newest single “Got To Go” in March to great critical acclaim, followed by a string of festival performances including Body and Soul, Down With Jazz, Groove Festival, Longitude, Knockanstockan, Howth Blues and Jazz Festival, Electric picnic, Canalaphonic and Cork Jazz festival. To cap off the year he launched an incredibly successful 5 week Fund It campaign for his Debut album that raised a staggering €14, 561, had the highest number of funders of any project in 2016 and also ranked 4th in most amount of money raised. Now with a generous budget and 20 + of his favourite Irish musicians lined up to record on his debut, 2017 looks full of nothing but promise.
“One of the most exciting up-and-coming artists in the country” – Le Cool.
“A musically adventurous and highly addictive offering, packed tight with dazzling displays of funk.” – Goldenplec’s Irish EP of 2014