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The rise and rise of Westport’s Max Zaska

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MUSIC MAKER Max Zaska is taking the Irish gig circuit by storm.

As a ’90s child of Bavarian descent growing up in Westport, Max Zaska seems to have come from a different place and era altogether. His unique stage identity of guitarist and frontman paired with his off-stage composition and arrangement talents has made him a complete musical anomaly in the Irish scene. Could it be his time with the Coveys and his education at Sancta Maria College, Louisburgh, that moulded him into, as Le Cool put it, ‘One of the most exciting up-and-coming artists in the country’?
Having completed a BA in Jazz Performance in Dublin's Newpark Music Centre, Max has found a way of channelling complex and unconventional composition techniques through a feel good blend of future soul and funk reminiscent of Steely Dan and New York’s Snarky Puppy.
His band, Zaska, has a rich catalogue of former members populated by some of Ireland finest talent, including Andrew Hozier Byrne (Hozier), Karen Cowley (Wyvern Lingo) and Dylan Lynch (Little Green Cars).
With tons of raw energy and backed by an eight-piece supergroup of Dublin’s most in demand professional musicians, Zaska’s famous live shows are a force to be reckoned with.
With the release of his debut EP ‘In Your Own Sweet Time’, which featured Hozier on vocals and a video by Westport’s Orla Casey, Max Zaska took the Irish gig circuit by storm leaving audiences calling him the ‘best live act in Dublin’.
This year of 2016 has been Zaska’s busiest year to date, having released his latest single ‘Got To Go’ in March to great critical acclaim, followed by a string of festival performances, including Body and Soul, Down With Jazz, Longitude, Knockanstockan, Howth Blues and Jazz Festival, Electric Picnic and the Cork Jazz festival.

Fund it campaign
To cap off the year Max has just launched a Fund It campaign for his debut album, which he plans on recording live with 20 plus of his favourite Irish musicians and release in summer 2017.
Max is appealing to his friends in Mayo to come onboard to help him achieve his goal of making one of the funkiest albums the country has ever produced. The busy musician can expect to have more music at his home with the arrival of his first child with his Westport wife, Charolette Nee, but he still hopes to bring his band to Westport in early 2017.

For more on Max Zaska’s Fund It campaign, visit www.fundit.ie/project/zaska-debut-album.

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