One to keep your eye on
Zak Zilesnick, better known as Zak Abel, is an English singer/songwriter and musician who at 23 years old has not only established a concrete fan base but one that continues to grow meteorically each day. Most notably, Zak’s 2,674,000 monthly listeners has raked up an impressive 35 million streams on his hit ‘Unstable as well as another 17 million streams on Gorgon City’s UK Top 20 track ‘Unmissable’ on which he featured. Lucky for us Zak was able to make time to have a chat, here is what he had to say.
You’re a 23-year-old North-Londoner. How do you balance living a “normal” life with being a musician?
With difficulty (laughs). I find it very difficult to unwind when I write a good song. I get home, and I’m really excited. I find it difficult sometimes to sleep when that’s the case. Also when I’m touring a lot, I don’t get to see family and friends. Music is my love and my priority; I wouldn’t change anything.
Who are your biggest musical influences?
Michael Jackson as he bossed so many areas: he was an incredible dancer and singer. Also, song-wise, he spoke about some pretty profound things but did it in a way that anyone could relate to. Especially production-wise, he drew sounds from all over the world and put them into a format that everyone could appreciate. Also, Bill Withers, again, in terms of lyrical simplicity and his vocals. Then Rod Temperton: I love his chords and melodies.
What are the go-to trainers in your wardrobe right now?
Right now I’m wearing Nike Air Vapormax Laceless Triple Black. They’re very comfortable trainers and they go with everything.
What are your hobbies outside of music?
I like reading. Some people have spent their whole lives dedicated to learning a specific subject and have filtered it down into a book that takes about a week or two to read. I find it nuts that it’s not a common thing that people are reading loads.
What book are you reading at the moment?
I’m reading a book on songwriting. There have been some incredible songwriters before me, and there will be some incredible songwriters after me. I want to learn as much as I can, and I want to be one of the best songwriters in the world.