Zen Thomas

FRESH: ‘Long Time’ – Zen Thomas

Zen Thomas releases “Long Time”

Originally from New Jersey, Zen Thomas takes inspiration from both mainstream pop and classic guitar driven rock. Wanting to put the two together, Zen Thomas is currently making a name for himself in LA with his energetic live shows and new upcoming upbeat, soulful music. Zen’s latest single, “Long Time”, follows in the footsteps of his three previous releases, “No One”, “Shoulda Been” and his debut, “Mrs”, in 2018.

Zen took some time out recently to tell us about the new track. “Long Time” was the first song I recorded for my upcoming EP. It was a very interesting one to write because I wrote the first verse/pre-chorus/and chorus while I was in a relationship. I didn’t come back to finish the song until the relationship ended, so the second verse and bridge are from a completely different point of view, but I still wanted it to be this upbeat fun song. some of my favourite details about the song is that all the guitars are played with a nickel because I couldn’t find a pick, and all the bass in the song is a guitar brought down a couple octaves which gives it a very distinct sound”.

With a father as a musician and tattoo artist and a mother as a photographer, it seemed pretty apparent that Zen Thomas was destined to become a performer. His love for music started at a very early age. From singing the national anthem at his Pre-K graduation or honing his guitar skills playing Guitar Hero, to his 3rd street live performance of a Sam Smith cover going viral with over one million views on YouTube. Zen was 18 years old, and had just graduated from high school when he decided that he was going to move to LA to seriously pursue his music career. He packed and began the cross-country journey. Zen settled into an apartment and committed himself to do nothing other than music.

He started in Santa Monica as a street performer/musician which morphed into a full-time gig for three years. Passionate about sharing his art through unique instrumentation and powerful lyrics, Zen Thomas is an independent pop artist who has now defined his own musical lane with the inspirations of Maroon 5, Prince, Queen and The 1975. Now 23, Zen is living the LA lifestyle as a full time musician, writer, producer and most importantly, a performer. With his soulful raspy voice, Rock guitar riffs, and meaningful messages, Zen Thomas is on the rise and only going to the top from here!

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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