• John Van de Mergel

Sounds | Zach Person, Can't Stop Running


Dit lijkt wel de jongere en ruigere versie van Gary Clark Jr., eentje die zich beperkt tot de Delta Blues als basis om er dan enkele vette lagen gitaren en fuzzed-out vocals over de gieten zodat hij zijn sound een stuk alternatiever maakt. De single Can't Stop Running scheurt vlotjes door m'n speakers en doet me verlangen naar wat de jongeman live zal neerzetten.


Het zelfgetitelde debuut verschijnt op 2 april via BlackDenim Records. Live donderdag 20 mei, Poppodium Volt (Sittard) (fingers crossed en uitkijken naar meer data, waaronder BE)

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“Zach is arguably the greatest undiscovered indie artist to come out of North America in years, and it’s time that the world got to know him,” said Person’s manager, Christopher Durst. “If Prince and Billie Eilish ran away to West Texas, took some peyote, got abducted by aliens, and had a love affair, the result would be Zach Person.”

Once the pandemic slows down, Person hopes to take his new and highly-electric LP on the road in Europe, with plans to visit The Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and more.

“Like many artists, Covid has seriously affected our plans for 2020, but we remain hopeful that this will all be behind us soon, so we can get back to doing what we love, playing music for the fans,” said Person. “Having to sit on my debut EP has been really difficult, we had so much momentum going into 2020. All that said, I believe 2021 will be a defining year for me, and I couldn’t be more ready.”

Hailing from Houston, Texas, Person was first launched into the public eye in 2016 when he competed on the 15th season of American Idol; he quickly became a favorite with celebrity judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr with his indie-rock-infused, pop style. The experience gave him his first taste of the industry, but he is far from your typical Idol artist.

Following American Idol, Person was openly embraced by the Texas blues scene, becoming a House of Blues Music Forward Foundation Alumnus, and representing the Houston Blues Society at the International Blues Challenge, a competition featuring some of the foremost blues artists/guitarists from around the world; these opportunities would later lead to Person sharing the stage with legendary acts such as Buddy Guy and Robert Cray.

Person moved to Austin, Texas in 2017, where he was quickly discovered and signed by industry veteran, Christopher Durst, a music/photography entrepreneur and former rock photographer known for his work with Willie Nelson, Seasick Steve and more. Person and Durst then partnered with electronic music producer Will Loconto and immediately began production on Person’s debut EP. Loconto was chosen for his unique ability to blend indie rock, pop, and electronica, while also showcasing Person’s love for roots music and blues guitar. Person’s EP/LP features his long-time musical collaborator and eclectic drummer, Jake Wyble, who he met in Austin, Texas, and is actually from Cumberland County, New Jersey, the same area in which Person was born and lived until he was three years old, though they never knew each other. After nearly two years in the studio, their collaboration would result in Person’s highly-electric, debut single, “All Shook Up,” a completely reimagined and modernized rendition of the Elvis Presley classic; this has earned Person a loyal fan base in indie and mainstream music. “Zach is the future of American indie music - the illegitimate love child of The Black Keys and Lenny Kravitz,” says producer Will Loconto.

Person has since partnered with indie rock label, BlackDenim Records, which has unapologetically positioned Person as their flagship artist and given him complete creative control.

“BlackDenim has committed all of our resources to ensure the success of Zach’s upcoming LP; he is an amazing talent with incredible heart and on-stage charisma, and his sound is unlike anything we’ve ever heard - it’s absolutely electric!” said George Passakos, VP/Head of Marketing, BlackDenim Records. “We truly look forward to helping Zach become a global, household name.”

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