New Album Available Now!
Click here to purchase it from iTunes.
WFUV Interview and Performance
Click above to hear our performance on WFUV's Morning Breakfast Show with John Platt. We go on about midway into the third hour.
The Daily Buzz Video
Click above to see our performance on the Daily Buzz TV show
Outlook Signs of Life Review
Click above for the Outlook's review of Signs of Life and click here to read an interview about the album
JerseyBeat Signs of Life Review
Thanks to Joe Wawrzyniak for the album review at JerseyBeat.com
Artist Direct Interview
Click above for an Artist Direct interview with Zak about the new album.
Pop Wrapped Interview
Click above to go to an interview with PopWrapped about the new record.
Thanks to Mike Ragogna at the Huffington Post for the interview!
Click above for Magnet Magazine's feature on the title track off of Signs of Life.
NJ.com/Star Ledger Article
Click above for an article about the new album in the Star Ledger and NJ.com
Interview With The Jersey Tomato Press
Thanks to The Jersey Tomato Press for the interview.
Signs of Life Review in the Aquarian
Click here for The Aquarian's review of Signs of Life.
Artists Connection Podcast Episode 226
Thanks to my good friend Matt Kacar for having me on the Artist Connection Podcast!
Click above for an Examiner Article about Signs of Life.
Montclair Times Album Review
Thanks to Gwen Orel at the Montclair Times for the Signs of Life review!
Check out this post about the song Raise The Moon off of the new album
REVIEW AT ROCK NYC
September 16, 2014
Thanks to Edward Huerta for the review at Rock NYC!
SONG REVIEW AT ZUMIC.COM
August 21, 2014
Thanks to Brad Bershad for the review today at Zumic.com!
FALCON RIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL TODAY!
August 1, 2014
Today we play at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. Very excited to be one of the bands chosen to play there!
INTERVIEW WITH NO DEPRESSION
July 24, 2014
Thanks to Kathy Sands-Boehmer for interviewing me at No Depression.com
INTERVIEW IN TO LIFESTYLE!
July 21, 2014
Thanks to Jatinder for interviewing me for TO Lifestyle.
MONTAUK MUSIC FESTIVAL TODAY!
May 16, 2014
Last second booking. I'll be playing the Montauk Music Festival today.
MYSPACE ARTIST OF THE DAY
April 28, 2014
Big thanks to MYSPACE and Rebecca Haithcoat for featuring me as their Artist of the Day.
EXAMINER SPREADS THE WORD
March 22, 2014
Thanks to Bill Craig and EXAMINER for sharing the news about the Starland show March 29.
CREATIVE SPOTLIGHTS INTERVIEW W/ JULLIAN RING
March 19, 2014
Thanks to Jullian Ring and Creative Spotlights for the interview feature.
NJ'S 'THE AQUARIAN WEEKLY' LOCAL RADAR FEATURE
March 5, 2014
Thanks to Maria Mar on the Local Radar feature in New Jersey's The Aquarian Weekly.
LIFE OF A ROCKSTAR FEATURE STORY
February 18, 2014
Nicole Hanratty of Life of a Rockstar interviewed Zak for a feature story. Music is Zak Smith's Tomb and You Can't Say That in Real Life.
INDIE MINDED SPOTLIGHT
February 18, 2014
Thanks to Indie Minded and Kelly Murphy for the Spotlight Feature on Indie Minded.
LIVE INTERVIEW ON MY9NJ FOX
February 14, 2014
Thanks to Valerie Smaldone and My 9 New Jersey for the interview feature and share. Listen Here.
PMC MAGAZINE PERSONAL INTERVIEW
February 10, 2014
Thanks to PMc Magazine for the interview feature. Get to know me on a more personal level with this Q&A.
WAY TOO INDIE VIDEO INTERVIEW
January 15, 2014
Thanks to WAY TOO INDIE and Manjot Jawa for their time and the video interview feature.
BROKEN RECORDS INTERVIEW
January 13, 2014
Thanks to BROKEN RECORDS Magazine and Adrienne Renae on the nice interview feature.
ZAK CONTINUES TO GROW...read on.
January 8, 2014
Thanks to Star Pulse and Brittany Frederick on the nice interview and write up.
THE PRECAMBRIAN AGE #8 NJ ALBUM OF 2013
December 30, 2013
Thanks to BlowUpRadio and Lazlo for the top albums list of 2013. The Precambrian Age made #8. Check it out "Lazlo's Top 65 NJ Albums of 2013".
Blow Up Radio Station
NEW YORK GOSSIP GAL FEATURES ZAK
December 17, 2013
Thanks to New York Gossip Gal for featuring The Precambrian Age on a cool short write-up. Check it out "All Heart and Soul".
JERSEY BEAT FEATURES THE PRECAMBRIAN AGE
November 27, 2013
Thanks to Jersey Beat, Jim Testa, and Joe Wawrzyniak for featuring The Precambrian Age on a cool short write-up list among some great artists. Check it out HERE.
TRACK-BY-TRACK ON INFECTIOUS MAGAZINE
November 20, 2013
Thanks to Infectious Magazine for featuring the breakdown, track-by-track, of The Precambrian Age. Take a look HERE.
THE ALTERNATE ROOT MAGAZINE FEATURE
November 15, 2013
Thanks to The Alternate Root Magazine for featuring a song of mine on their top 10 songs of the week. See which one HERE.
INTERVIEW PODCAST BY MATT KACAR, LISTEN HERE
October 30, 2013
Thanks to Matt Kacar and Artist Connection Podcast for the interview. Listen HERE.
ALBUM RELEASED TODAY - SHOW TONIGHT IN NYC!
October 15, 2013
The Precambrian Age is released. Tonight's the release show @ The Bowery Electric. Get there early to grab your free album and say hello. Hope to see you there.
ZAK & THE PRECAMBRIAN AGE FEATURED ON INDIE-MUSIC
October 11, 2013
Thanks to Peter Braidis and Indie-Music.com for featuring THE PRECAMBRIAN AGE. It's a great write up, read it HERE.
STREAM 'THE PRECAMBRIAN AGE' IN FULL
October 8, 2013
For an entire week, Tuesday Oct.8-15, I'll be streaming THE PRECAMBRIAN AGE for free here on my site. Listen HERE.
YAHOO! VOICES FEATURES ZAK
October 1, 2013
Thanks to YAHOO! VOICES and Jolie du Pre for featuring Zak in their entertainment piece HERE.
ZAK PERFORMED LIVE ON FOX CT, WATCH HERE
September 26, 2013
Thanks to FOX CT For having Zak perform LIVE on their Morning Show. Watch it HERE.
Also, thanks to The Montclair Times, Gwen Orel, and NorthJersey.com for featuring Zak. A very nice article and read.. Find it HERE.
ZAK WINS TOP MALE VOCALIST
April 8, 2013
Thank you for all of your votes and support in helping Zak win the Top Male Vocalist award at the 4th Annual Jersey Acoustic Music Awards on Sunday.
For Zak Smith, a song is never truly finished. He may have written, recorded, and released it on an album. He may have played it countless times at venues up and down the East Coast. His fans may even count it among their favorites. But a song—a good song, a sturdy and solid song, the kind you live with your entire life—is a living thing, constantly revealing new meanings and new possibilities with every performance. That idea fueled the New Jersey native’s new album, Signs of Life, which is arguably his most personal and certainly his most accomplished to date. A prolific songwriter for fifteen years, Smith has amassed an extensive catalog of tunes, many of which appear on his studio albums and many more exist only in demo form in his archives. For this project, he re-recorded ten songs from various stages of his career, updating them to reflect new technical abilities and new musical concerns. In doing so, the arrangements changed fundamentally, as Smith took what had been full-band rock songs, full of spiritually inquisitive lyrics and heart-on-sleeve drama, and stripped them down to their barest bones: guitar, piano, and his own finely grained voice.
As a child in Montclair, New Jersey, Smith was a voracious reader who dreamed of becoming a writer (an early short story took second place in a statewide competition). It wasn’t until high school that he became equally voracious as a listener, thanks to a friend who introduced him to Bowie and Zeppelin, Hendrix and Lennon. Using his father’s old tablature books, Smith taught himself to play guitar and honed his ever-developing voice. This would guide Smith in his career as a professional musician, which began modestly when the eighteen-year-old college freshman played a coffeehouse open-mic night. Since that debut, Smith has played countless shows in venues of all sizes, written a full catalog of songs, and has recorded five albums and one EP. In 2013, he released The Precambrian Age, which at the time represented a creative and commercial peak: He won Best Male Vocalist at the Jersey Acoustic Music Awards and was featured in the book Are You Listening? The Top 100 Albums of 2000-2010 from New Jersey Artists. Signs of Life is his most powerful statement yet—an album that is simultaneously lush and austere, spontaneous yet deliberate, largely acoustic but with an electric charge to every note. These heartfelt, often brutally honest songs sound just as lively and urgent in 2014 as they ever have.
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