the story

Zachary Aaron Klein, also known by his initials, ZAK, is an RnB/ Neosoul/ Pop Artist from the San Francisco Bay Area. He was born on May 2nd, 1994 in New York City and moved to Menlo Park, California where he was raised..

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Through his tropical blues sound, outrageously witty music videos, and unique story from birth, Zak represents a breath of fresh air for the current state of  music. He shows a new side of mainstream influence, and what it could eventually begin to look like. This is something different to the classical ear. Although we may subconsciously know we’re not all perfect or “normal”,  Zak is the example.. but before we dive into details, check out this 1 minute introductory video.
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the story

” My ‘story’ is told within the the 200+ records I’ve created since I was a teenager. It’s an 11 year journey of me just trying to figure myself out and recording it. Music is so important. I think it’s the coolest way in the world to express yourself- through your very own audio journal. But I started out as a DJ, producing house tracks and calling myself DJZK. Then I graduated to ‘Proph3cY’, a rapper who spoke on his process of achieving peace and his daily struggle with body image.  When I moved to LA in 2016, a lot changed. I discovered deeper parts of who I was, and in the process, discovered my voice.  ‘Zak’, which wasn’t a concept anymore, but just a true representation of who I really was, became the official name in 2017. I’m not Drake, i’m not Amy Winehouse, i’m just Zak. “
The young artist’s primary message revolves around “building yourself” through thick and thin – symbolized by his “levels” brand.  Whether it’s in his distinguished edgy tone or unforgettably colorul lyrics, this artist is inspired by his purpose more than anything else. 
Now, in 2018, The 24 year old artist currently lives in Los Angeles, and is gearing up to release his 6 song debut EP.

the story

” My ‘story’ is told within the the 200+ records I’ve created since I was a teenager. It’s an 11 year journey of me just trying to figure myself out and recording it. Music is so important. I think it’s the coolest way in the world to express yourself- through your very own audio journal. But I started out as a DJ, producing house tracks and calling myself DJZK. Then I graduated to ‘Proph3cY’, a rapper who spoke on his process of achieving peace and his daily struggle with body image.  When I moved to LA in 2016, a lot changed. I discovered deeper parts of who I was, and in the process, discovered my voice.  ‘Zak’, which wasn’t a concept anymore, but just a true representation of who I really was, became the official name in 2017. I’m not Drake, i’m not Amy Winehouse, i’m just Zak. “

Watch the Zak (Proph3cY) Documentary

View Zak’s Electronic Press Kit
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Watch the Zak (Proph3cY) Documentary

View Zak’s Electronic Press Kit

early years

On May 2nd 1994, Zak was born in New York City with a seemingly rare condition. It didn’t take doctors long to put a name to his birth condition – “congenital complex syndactyly of the right hand” was the final diagnosis.  Being that his fingers were webbed together,  it would require 3 surgeries to allow his hand to work. The incident inspired his former stage name “Proph3cY”. 
“I used to jam out with my brother on the ukulele. This is long before I picked up guitar. In middle school, I was in the band for a little bit and I started to play the trumpet because I loved jazz and it was easy for my hand as well, but luckily from a young age I found I could always strum strings too. That definitely made me feel more capable. I think proving to yourself that you can use your body well, and doing things you thought your couldn’t is extremely important- disability or not. Playing guitar, football, kayaking, basketball-  it doesn’t matter, just prove to yourself that you’re more than capable. To anyone out there with any kind of disability, you have to prove to yourself that you’re a capable  human being. If not with your body, then with your mind and spirit”
“My high school experience was very diverse. There were definitely a lot poor kids growing up in tough neighborhoods, and there were also insanely rich silicon valley kids, all in the same melting pot. It made me realize that everyone had their problems and they were all just personal issues in the end. Either way, there turned out to be kids who are now really making something of themselves and becoming great/self-accomplished people, and there are those struggling (mostly with themselves). It didn’t matter how much money anyone had because the weak ones are falling and the strong ones are moving up. Those who wanted their life to mean something are finding a way”.

High School- Present

At 15, Klein’s older brother showed him various different House Artists that eventually inspired him to produce his own music, starting off with Mashups and EDM. These productions quickly evolved into hip-hop once he discovered his true love for writing lyrics. That same year he placed Top 5 as a finalist in the Great American Song Competition for his song “3 Digits”, discussing his hand from the moment he was born, and how it’s impacted his ability to face certain realities growing up as a child. The competition featured over 10,000 entries from amateur songwriters around the world. He placed finals once again the following year for his hit song titled “The Interview.”
Realizing his passion for MC’ing and producing Hip Hop instrumentals, he continued producing his own music in his dorm room closet. After finishing his freshman year at Chico State, Klein spent the 2013 summer in Los Angeles where he assembled the rest of his first all Hip- Hop compilation titled “9 Months,” a 12-song mix tape discussing college experiences, emerging self- identity, and life endeavors. He would eventually return to LA in 2016, where he currently lives now. 
Heavily influenced by artists such as Amy Winehouse, Allen Stone, J.Cole, Jon Mayer, Andre 3000, Biggie, Eminem, and Anderson .Paak, etc., Zak has been able to combine many different styles and attributes from each to create his own unique sound.
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“Life feels no better than the quality of person you allow yourself to become. I feel so grateful for seeing how something I initially suspected to be a huge burden would end turning me into the person I’m proud to be today.. and that requires daily maintenance by the way”.
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