Listen Up - Zach Johnson
A look at some of the emerging artists of the acoustic roots & folk circuit, this week we focus on singer songwriter Zach Johnson who is an indie/folk singer/songwriter from South-East England, writing lyrically-driven songs that feature his intricate guitar playing and powerful vocals. He has been touring extensively for the last four years, performing all over the country to great response.
What are your musical influences and how did you get into playing music?
Seeing Frank Turner live a few years ago was the real turning point for me, really showing me a new side to the acoustic guitar. Since then, I've been influenced by artists like Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar, Noah Gundersen, Luke Jackson and Blair Dunlop. I started learning the guitar around 13 or 14 and I had always loved singing. The pieces only really came together at uni when I built up the confidence to do that in front of people!
How would you describe your music?
I'd say indie/folk is the closest description of my music. I really love anything that's raw and lyrical; it really lets the feeling come through. That's the place where my songwriting starts.
What has been your highlight so far?
I've had so many highlights in the last 2 years but supporting some of my musical favourites have to be at the top. I played a show with Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar in Bracknell and opened for Luke Jackson at one of my favourite festivals, Trinity Folk Fest!
What plans regarding recordings, video, tours etc do you have for the future?
I've released a couple of singles with music videos this year alongside a very busy gig schedule. I have just released by latest single 'Blockbuster' with a couple of release shows.
Is there anything else you would like to say or any message to our readers?
I'm always gigging, particularly around the South-East, it's really my favourite thing about being an artist, being able to share these songs with other people. If you like live acoustic music, I'd love to see you at a show!
Here's the link to my website!