Zac Sellars

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Zac Stellars

Where are you currently based?

I’m currently based in Sydney. Thankfully now that COVID has settled down I’m starting to pick up some gigs in the greater Sydney area.

How did you first start playing and writing music?

I got my first guitar for my third birthday so my hopeful father started trying to teach me at a very young age. I really started writing in high school when I wrote “Lillooet” off my upcoming EP and decided this is what I wanted to do. Since then, I have been writing and learning every and any facet of the music industry that I can get my hands onto.

What’s been happening recently and how has your Covid experience been?

Just been preparing to release the next few songs in the lead up to the EP. Starting work on some songs for later 2021 and 2022 but at the moment I’m really trying to beef up my social presence and audience.

Thankfully COVID was actually a really productive time for me. It gave me the time to sort out production for the EP and connect with some really influential and knowledgeable people in the industry.

Your single ‘Atlantis’ is out now, what influenced the sound and songwriting?

I wrote this song when I was 17 and so I wrote it with a massive influence from Ed Sheeran who was and is a massive inspiration of mine. When trying to find the sound we thought about what context you might find this song in. We landed on quite a full, cinematic approach which turned out really great.

How did you go about writing Atlantis?

Despite being a 5 minute song it was one of the quickest songs to write. After having a bit of writers block I decided I would lock myself in my room and gave myself 1 hour to write a song. The song was based around a little crush I had in high school but knew she would never like me back, so I just experimented with the idea of unrequited love and after about 30-45 minutes ‘Atlantis’ was written.

Where and when did you record/produce/master and who with?

We recorded this one at LoveHz Studios in Leichhardt with my producer and engineer Jordan Leonard, we then shipped of the vocals for time alignment with Clay Agnew over in Nashville and got the track mastered by Seth Munson in Colorado. So we had quiet the team behind this track, this was the same process for 4 out of the 6 tracks on the EP.

How did you approach the recording process?

Luckily Jordan knows Michale Carpenter who owns and runs the studio so we were able to book in some after hours sessions. This session was my first recording session in the studio and so I think this session took about 6 hours.

Major artistic influences for this record?

This song was initially inspired by some of Ed Sheeran’s music, as the writing was, but we started to drift away from that a bit towards a more cinematic style. It certainly didn’t turn out how I thought when I was originally recording the demo, however it turned out much more epic than I could’ve ever imagined.

What do you do besides writing and recording music?

I’m starting to get a few more gigs in Sydney so performing band practicing is taking up a fair bit of my time at the moment. I love going to the gym, my schedules been a bit hectic recently so I haven’t had a whole lot of time to go but I try to go 3-5 times a week at the moment. I also study music at JMC Academy in Sydney. And aside from that I work at a pub to help fund the passion and continue to keep releasing music.

Who are you listening to at the moment?

In 2020 I started getting into a lot of different artists. I really got obsessed with Lauv’s and Jeremy Zucker’s stuff. Aya Yves is also starting to shoot up in the Dark Pop game and I’ve been all over her new EP. Also super keen for Justin Bieber’s new album after some of the singles he’s released in the lead up to the EP.

Is there any artist you have based your image off of?

Not really any one artist in particular but I’m still starting to find a look I really like and feel comfortable with. I love the new trendy baggy clothes in circulation at the moment and I also love the old classy look so still trying to find a middle ground between those two, but I may end up completely ditching that in favour of something different. Whatever I truly land on is something I need to feel super comfortable with.

What’s planned for 2021?

More writing, more recording, and releasing the EP. My main focus is the EP, I am really excited about putting out these songs into the world and get as many ears onto it as possible. I really think the best is yet to come, some of the songs I’ve written this year alone have me really excited for what I’m gonna be releasing in the next 12 months.

Favourite food and place to hangout?

There’s this phenomenal pub near uni, it’s predominantly for the uni students, but the food for the price is unreal. It’s hard to eat healthy when I can get a schnitzel and chips for less than $10.

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