New songwriting with hip-hop accents
By age 18, Denver native Zach Heckendorf signed his first record deal, released his first album, played Colorado’s legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre and shared stages with Rodrigo y Gabriela, John Butler Trio, Brett Dennen, The Lumineers, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Guster, and One Republic. That was then. Now 22 and on his own two feet touring the country, Zach has further developed his craft, combining his bread and butter of fluid songwriting and rapid-fire guitar picking with a passion for contagious hip-hop rhythms. Zach can energize a room, establishing a unique relationship with his audience. Now with a full band, his dynamic range extends beyond acoustic common ground and into a satisfyingly thorough and raucous sound that he's been known to call a mountain groove. His songs take inspiration from his childhood influences, like Jack Johnson, Ray Charles and Aesop Rock, while incorporating ideas from deep album cuts by artists like Drake, Chance The Rapper, and Frank Ocean. Zach energized the Friday night Ann Arbor Folk Festival show with music from his full-length debut, "Speed Checked by Aircraft" (entirely funded on Kickstarter), and he comes to The Ark with a new EP, Up!