Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
If I am being honest and vulnerable, my anxiety was probably my catalyst for writing music. Songwriting allows me to take everything that is in my head, both good and bad, and transfer all my feelings onto paper, then into lyrics and finally onto a musical track in the form of a song. It’s a great way to release stress but also be creative at the same time.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
At 17 years old, I was asked to perform at The Whisky a Go Go, one of the most iconic venues in the world. This is where bands like The Doors, Van Halen, The Ramones, Guns N’ Roses, Linkin Park, Motley Crew, Metallica and so many other bands got their start. We got to open for Emblem3 that night and it was epic.
What has been the high point of your music path?
I’d say that the high point for my musical career has been listening to my first song, Wasted In LA, in my car with my friends, after it was fully produced, mixed and mastered. It feels really good to hear the final product after you put some much time and creativity into it.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
Song writing is different for everyone, for me I look for inspiration from the moment I wake up to the time that I go to bed. Most of my lyrics come from the experiences that I’ve had in my life whether they are things that make me anxious, fun times, and everything in between. Songwriting is very therapeutic, I can get what’s on my mind, onto paper and then into a song that others can also resonate with.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
I think the biggest challenge for an Indie artist today is the marketing of a song or album. Most artists want to spend their time being creative, in the studio, and don’t have experience with marketing, promotion and public relations. However, marketing and PR is critical if you want to be successful in the music industry. Talent will only take you so far.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
I would love to write and record a song with Machine Gun Kelly and YUNGBLUD and then perform it with Travis Barker playing the drums. All three of these artists have inspired me for many years and it would be a dream to play with them on the same stage.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
In most cases, we rent out a rehearsal room for a few nights leading up to the show and just continue to jam out repeatedly while talking through each song and getting feedback from everyone in the band. Then on the night of the show, we get there a few hours early to do sound check and rehearse on the actual stage while tweaking the mics, guitars and drums.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
I am currently working on a 50’s inspired, doo-wop, Pop-punk song and that was challenging to write. As a kid, I’ve always liked that genre of music, listening to artists such as Elvis Presley, Dion & The Belmonts, Ritchie Valens, Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, and others. When you listen to their music, and read the lyrics to their songs, you quickly realize how they all tell stories with lyrics. That is not easy to do. For this song, after we came up with the beat, I went home and watched a few 50’s movies to get inspiration, wrote down notes as I watched the movies, and then started to
write the lyrics. The song turned out amazing and I can’t wait for everyone to hear it.
What's coming up in the future?
I am currently spending a lot of time in the studio with my producer, and we are working on my first album. Once the album is done, after I graduate High School, I am going to look at touring so that I can share my music with the rest of the world.
Tell us where fans can access your music.
You can also follow me on Instagram
About Zach Hennessey
Zach Hennessey is a 17-year-old actor, songwriter, musician, and social influencer who lives in Santa Clarita. He moved out to LA with his family when he was 11 years old to pursue his dream of being on television. While he has been on numerous tv shows and commercials he continues to audition for new roles each month. Over the last few months, he has launched a clothing line, record label and is currently working on his first album.