ZACH ZOYA PREMIERES OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE “START OVER” WITH VOGUE ITALIA TODAY
“Zach Zoya is an entire vibe, and he continues to unleash nothing short of bangers for his growing fanbase.” – Flaunt
“The most impressive part of Zoya’s craft is his multifacetedness. He is just as skilled at crooning as he is at rapping his ass off.” – Okayplayer
04 NOVEMBER 2021 (TORONTO, ON) – Today rapper/singer/songwriter Zach Zoya reveals the official music video for his latest single “Start Over” with an exclusive premiere with Vogue Italia. View the premiere and Zoya’s interview for Vogue Italia’s Music 2021 series HERE.
Directed by Adem Boutlidja and filmed in Zoya’s home city of Montréal, the video portrays memories of a past relationship. “It’s about young, impulsive, tumultuous love,” Zoya says. “The kind of love you would do all over again even knowing how dark it can get. The type of love that’s always worth it.”
Watch the official music video for “Start Over” HERE
Collaborating with fellow Montréal artist Benny Adam and producers Billboard and Ruffsound on the single, it was one of the first times Zoya experienced songwriting with other creatives. Upon its release last month via 7ième Ciel/Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company, “Start Over” has earned critical acclaim being called an “upbeat, triumphant ode to new beginnings” by Complex, “a powerful pop-rap tune” by HotNewHipHop and a “fiery, engaging, supremely addictive single” by CLASH Magazine who named the song their “Track of the Day”.
The recognition of Zach Zoya’s versatile talent continues with the 23-year-old’s recent GAMIQ Award nomination for his debut EP Spectrum (released in 2020) and his first ADISQ nomination - one of the highest honours an artist can be awarded in Québec - for his Boi-1da, Matthew Burnett and Don Mills produced single “Patience” featuring UK artist Angel.
Labelled “one of the most versatile young artists coming out of Montréal” by HotNewHipHop and praised for his “effortless vocal delivery” and “endless stamina” by EARMILK, Zach Zoya’s artistry and talent - both on stages and in studios - has solidified him in hip-hop and R&B spheres at home and abroad. With the releases of “Start Over”, “Understand” and “Feelings”, Zoya has fans energized and eager for the release of his upcoming sophomore EP, due out in 2022.
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About Zach Zoya:
Growing up in the small, largely French-speaking city of Rouyn-Noranda northwest of Montréal, Zach Zoya developed a diverse musical palate from his family. Introduced to African music by his South African father who fled to Canada during apartheid, and North American soul and pop music by his French-Canadian mother, Zoya was immersed in rhythms and melodies that spoke to him even when the English lyrics didn’t. Though French was both Zoya’s first language and the one more established in the Montréal music scene, he’s rapped in English from the start of his career. Raised without a computer or television in a place with minimal hip-hop culture, Zoya first honed his flows by covering records by Kendrick Lamar and Drake, and credits learning the skill of rapping with improving his delivery as an all-around vocalist. After establishing himself in the Montréal music scene by gaining the support of 7ième Ciel, a powerhouse label in French rap, collaborating with platinum producer High Klassified (Future, The Weeknd), Zoya partnered with Universal Music Canada and began releasing songs that showcased his signature blend of melodic hip-hop and emotive R&B. For his debut solo EP Spectrum, released in October of 2020, Zoya collaborated with heavy hitting Toronto producers: GRAMMY Award winner Boi-1da, JUNO Award winner Matthew Burnett, and Multi-Platinum selling producer Don Mills, as well as UK artist, songwriter and producer Angel (Frank Ocean, Moneybagg Yo, Stefflon Don), and Montréal producers Bougo and DTRWRK. Showcasing the versatility of Zach Zoya’s artistry as a songwriter, singer and rapper, Spectrum earned critical acclaim from established culture outlets such as Rolling Stone France, The Travis Mills Show on Apple Music, ELLE Canada, HotNewHipHop, Complex, EARMILK and Wonderland Magazine and landed Zach on HipHopDX’s “Best R&B Songs of 2020”, Complex’s “10 Best Canadian Songs of the Month”, and Okayplayer’s “10 Montréal R&B Singers You Should Be Checking For” lists. With the rare combination of versatile talent, charisma, and perspective, 23-year-old Zach Zoya is poised to be the next Canadian star to build a worldwide following.
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