We had the good fortune of connecting with Zach James and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Zach, what do you attribute your success to?
I really do believe that as long as I am making music that genuinely helps people I will have found success. Of course the end goal is to be at a place where I can provide for myself and my family by doing music full time, but even hearing from people right now that my music has influenced them in a positive way makes everything I do 10x more worth it.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’ve been singing for as long as I can remember. I think when I was around 11, I really started to try and take music seriously. I taught myself piano, guitar, songwriting, and basic production and would spend every waking moment practicing and trying to get better at being an artist. It definitely has NOT been an easy road, and there are millions of things that I want to achieve in life, but I’ve grown so much (not only as an artist, but a person) in the last 11 years of my life and I’ve learned way more that I ever thought I would learn about music and, in general, just being a decent human being, just from continuously trying to crack away at my own music carer. The best part about that, for myself at least, is the fact that I didn’t have to navigate life as a young artist on my own. I have an incredible family and team on my side that has helped me every step of the way and I could not be more thankful to them for keeping me grounded. As time has gone on, I’ve gone through countless experiences that have been trying to my well being. The only way I have ever been able to move on from those dark places is writing and playing music. Without it, I don’t quite know where I would be right now. That being said, as an artist and a songwriter, I feel like I have so many stories to tell to the world. I was always the kid who felt as if no one quite understood them and I always hated that feeling. All I want to do in life is to be able to be a voice for people that won’t necessarily have their own yet. I want people to know that it is completely okay to feel sad, happy, lonely, angry, etc. We’re human! That’s kinda what we do. We have a variety of complex emotions so why not be 100% honest and feel exactly what you are feeling in a moment. It’s so much more of a strength to wear your heart on your sleeve than it is to cover it up.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Currently I live in Austin, but, If COVID weren’t a thing I would definitely take a friend around the city. There’s so much to do in town so there’d be a lot of options. I personally love going and hanging out at Zilker park, getting some coffee at Summer Moon, going paddle boarding, and finding a cool bar to stop and drink at on the east side!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There’s so many people in my life that I think deserve more recognition. I’m gonna dedicate this shoutout to my team, LOCKNKEY. They’ve been there since day 1 and have done nothing but support me and the choices I make. Love those guys to death!

Website: http://zchjmes.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/zchjmes/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/zachjameswho
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/zchjmes
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4ubKI0nz4LFbg72rFhyI7A

Image Credits
Pictures taken by: Moyo Oyelola – @moyo2k on Instagram Anne-Marie Halovanic – @annemariehalo on Instagram

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