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!