ZASKA serves up a feel-good blend of funk, jazz, and R&B known as Future Soul. Max Zaska is the maestro songwriter-guitarist leading a supergroup of Ireland’s finest talent, with a revolving roster that has included Hozier and members of Wyvern Lingo, Little Green Cars, and BARQ.
With three EPs, including 2018’s “Stankstrumentals”, ZASKA will be releasing his all-star crowdfunded debut album featuring 14 incredible vocalists in early 2019.
Fuelled by a supernova of raw energy, ZASKA has earned a reputation for stellar live shows and landed rave reviews on Irish festival and club appearances. His sound has been called, “a colourful, courageous, soul catching, bone shaking, funk.”
Along with Future Soul contemporaries, Hiatus Kaiyote, Vulfpeck, and Snarky Puppy, ZASKA is popular with people who appreciate solid head-nodding grooves and touches of the unconventional. With blistering guitar licks, soulful vocals, stanky bass hooks, tightly driven percussion, jazzy keyboards, and killer horns, ZASKA’s compositions are a complex mix. Think Steely Dan and Santana meet Erykah Badu and D’Angelo.
Max Zaska is a true Bohemian. More than just his style, it’s the region in Germany where his family originates. He grew up both in Bray, Co. Wicklow and Westport, Co. Mayo Ireland and completed a B.A. in Jazz Performance at Newpark Music Centre, connecting his blues-rock roots with a love of improvisation.
Recently named one of Ireland’s best guitarists by GoldenPlec, Max can also be heard on The Waterboys 2017 release, “Didn’t We Walk On Water”.
The first single, “Cannot Will Not” from ZASKA’s debut album, will be released in November with the “It Takes A Village” album release in early 2019.
“As impressive as the ZASKA experience is on record, the live show featuring his earth-shaking eight piece band is an incomparable experience and one not to be missed”
- Hot Press Magazine
“A musically adventurous and highly addictive offering, packed tight with dazzling displays of funk.”
- GoldenPlec’s Irish EP of the year
“ZASKA is one of the most exciting and fun acts on the scene right now.”
- The Thin Air