Zachery Allan Starkey

Zachery Allan Starkey

Zachery Allan Starkey is an electronic musician and songwriter based in Brooklyn, New York City. His songs combine elements of electro, synth pop, post punk, house music, new wave, and no wave with deeply personal lyrics. Starkey’s combination of sweeping, infectiouss synth melodies, kinetic dance rhythms, distinctive vocals and articulate, brutally honest lyrics have helped him develop a strong cult following.

In January 2013, Starkey started work on his third full length record, entitled DIY. Recorded with Co-Producer Brian Lee Smith of Sub Tech Zero in a grimy basement studio in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, DIY was again completely written and performed by Starkey, with Smith lending his production/engineering expertise.

“I called the album DIY because it very much reflects the circumstances under which the album was made”, says Starkey. “I lived in New York City for the past four years. I also have not left New York City for the past four years. The songs I wrote for DIY simply real life, the ups and downs, the struggles and successes I have been through during the past four years. I was a working class kid from Ohio who came to New York City on a train with nothing my goals and work ethic. The songs on DIY are about everything I have been through as I worked to carve out a place for myself here in NYC.”

April 2013 saw the release of DIY’s first single, the extremely moving Into the Sun. “Into the Sun is a song I wrote about the death of my Grandfather”, Starkey says. “I was very close to my Grandfather when I was growing up. He was killed by a drunk driver when I was 14 years old, and Into the Sun is about coping with this death. I think it’s the best song I have ever written.”

Upon it’s release, Into the Sun caught many ears with moving subject matter. The Deli Magazine noted, "By combining basic darkwave synths with Gary Numan-esque vocals, Starkey’s newest single, ‘Into the Sun’, paints personal loss in simple poetic strokes.”

We’re All FUCKED! Followed Into the Sun and preceded the release of DIY in May 2013. A biting critique of Wall Street and the US economic crisis, We’re All Fucked quickly became a Brooklyn club hit due to it’s populist outrage and and synth hooks.

Within a month of release, both Into the Sun and We’re All FUCKED have been picked up by underground radio stations from New York City to Los Angeles to Buenos Aires to Lima, Peru. With two more singles from DIY in the future, plus music videos and lots of concerts,

ZAS and DIY have a most busy year ahead.

Oh Halo

Everything is passing away. Transient, it arises and disappears.
You rush down the concrete canyons, the streets boiling with faceless crowds, lights shining in every window, colors bright like neon, laughing and dancing on the rooftops of skyscrapers.

Someday we may live underground, hiding from fallout. Some day the cities may be deserted shells. In the transience of all that is precious and fragile, the transience of the beautiful egg, you need a soundtrack. Oh Halo is the warmth of the sun, the depth of the moon and human love.

Julie Dicterow sings with human soul, tilting her head and closing her eyes, listening, a voice of pure magic. Ronan Conroy's waves of guitar reverberate endlessly, like chimes in a temple, layering rivers of harmonies and drifting on them, plucking out somnambulant melodies, dreaming his way through solos. Marcy Hokama’s classically infused keys weave into the lush texture while Chealsea’s raw, at times aggressive, beats form a counterpoint that hypnotizes, entrances.

a place both wonderful and strange (DJ)

a place both wonderful and strange is Russ Marshalek of Silent Drape Runners and ADVENTURE[s] affiliation. Dark, Lynch-smeared electronic dance music for empty hearts. The debut a place both wonderful and strange EP "Play It As It Lays" will be released in late 2013.


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