Dublin, County Kildare
ZASKA blends positive vibes with modern funk, neo-soul, and jazz.
ZASKA is a supergroup of talent from across genres in the Irish music scene led by guitarist, songwriter, and producer Max Zaska. Max’s guiding principles of community, positivity, and sustainability are central to his work with a changing lineup of players, that started with the band’s original vocalist, Hozier.
Blending neo-soul, jazz improvisation, and the love of a deeply funky groove, ZASKA creates a joyful sound that gets people moving and doesn’t fit neatly into a single genre. You’ll hear influences from Vulfpeck, Snarky Puppy, Jordan Rakei, and Daniel Caesar.
In 2019, ZASKA’s debut album, It Takes A Village, featured more than 25 performers and was released to universally stellar reviews. The singles Cannot Will Not and It’s Ridiculous both landed on Spotify’s influential New Music Friday UK playlist and received radio support in the UK, Netherlands, USA, and Ireland. Following the album, the single, Rear View, was championed by BBC Radio’s revamped ATL Introducing show.
Continuing a reputation for incredible, high-energy live shows, ZASKA wowed audiences in 2019 at festivals and headliners, including headlining at the legendary Dublin venue Whelan’s, their first headlining show in London, and the band’s first Irish tour.
Named one of Ireland's best guitarists in 2018, Max Zaska plays on The Waterboys’ 2017 Didn’t We Walk On Water and Danny G and the Major 7ths’ 2019 Time The Healer.
Max Zaska completed a B.A. in Jazz Performance at the prestigious Newpark Music Centre in Dublin and studied with jazz legends in Brazil, Italy, and Canada. Born in Germany, Max was raised in Ireland and lives in the countryside near Dublin.
“This new record is a benchmark example of the talent that exists in this country.” (The Irish Times)
“Adopting a magpie-like approach, Zaska plunders the worlds of neo-soul, funk, hip-hop, rock, and jazz, making for an enjoyably idiosyncratic listen.” (Hot Press)
“One of the most unique and exciting albums in recent memory.” (Earmilk)
“You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more joyous musical experience in Ireland in 2019 than this trip to the village of Zaska.” (GoldenPlec)