Sutter Zachman

Sutter Zachman2021-08-30T14:48:14+00:00

Project Description

Similar Artists:  Dawes, Blitzen Trapper, Vance Joy

There’s truth to life coming full circle. It’s particularly true for singer-songwriter, Sutter Zachman who was discovered, lost, and rediscovered again. Zachman says, “My path feels a bit inverted in the sense that I got a publishing deal when I was young and had yet to establish any sort of musical identity. It initially caused a lot of confusion and doubt, but things must happen for a reason because the past 10+ years have been essential to my growth as a songwriter.”

At the brink of just twenty years old Zachman signed a big publishing deal in 2008 with Chrysalis. Unable to find immediate success as a songwriter, Zachman moved to the Midwest to attend college and wouldn’t return to Los Angeles until 2013 when he formed the band La Route, consisting of Cameron Meshell (Forever Like Red) and Angela Russell. The trio’s regularly performed street shows on Abbot Kinney Boulevard eventually caught the attention of a local producer who invited them to record at his studio – resulting in Zachman’s debut EP, Repeat Offender. The single off the EP, “Back to Sleep,” received international airplay on BBC and Rte 1 Radio and earned him an in-studio performance at Yahoo Music.  As Zachman was wrapping up the production of his fourth EP, Up All Night, an auspicious dinner set up by his wife’s co-worker led to Zachman meeting Grammy-winning engineer Austen Jux-Chandler (Adele, Wolf Alice, Vance Joy) who produced the upcoming album, End of the Arcade. Zachman will support the album release with a fall tour.

RELEASES

“Matters in the Dark” (Single)
Release Date: July 26, 2021

What happens when a ’70s-style singer-songwriter embraces New Wave? “Matters in the Dark,” the first single from Sutter Zachman’s forthcoming debut album, answers that question in shimmering colors. The single due out July 26 is off the album, End of the Arcade, produced by Grammy-winning engineer Austen Jux-Chandler (Adele, Wolf Alice, Vance Joy).

If Duran Duran and Dawes hung out for a night, they might have laid down a tune like this one – a bouncy kaleidoscope of psychedelic riffs and bright acoustic guitars above an irresistible groove. Zachman’s dreamy melodies glide like shooting stars through the night sky as he meets his lover in “the space between the body and the soul.” It’s an alluring burst of hypnotic pop.  Read more

“We Live in California” (Single Release)
Release Date: August 30, 2021
We Live in California Single Art

Contradictions bloom like jacarandas in Sutter Zachman’s “We Live in California,” a jaunty lament about a fickle muse, and a tongue-in-cheek ode to the sun-splashed state where the singer-songwriter spent his formative years.  The single due out August 30 is off the album, End of the Arcade, produced by Grammy-winning engineer Austen Jux-Chandler (Adele, Wolf Alice, Vance Joy).

Bio

There’s truth to life coming full circle. It’s particularly true for singer-songwriter, Sutter Zachman who was discovered, lost, and rediscovered again. Zachman says, “My path feels a bit inverted in the sense that I got a publishing deal when I was young and had yet to establish any sort of musical identity. It initially caused a lot of confusion and doubt, but things must happen for a reason because the past 10+ years have been essential to my growth as a songwriter.”

At the brink of just twenty years old, dumb luck had him signing a big publishing deal in 2008 with Chrysalis. It first started when Zachman and his then songwriting partner, Jason Mandell, sent their demo around to some people in the Los Angeles neighborhood where they were living. All of a sudden, they were getting A&R folks coming to their shows. Zachman says, “We spent a little over a year trying to record an album, but it never panned out. We tried co-writing with other songwriters in some of those workshop-type settings, but we weren’t good at that.” 

Unable to find immediate success as a songwriter, Zachman moved to the Midwest to attend college and wouldn't return to Los Angeles until 2013 when he formed the band La Route, consisting of Cameron Meshell (Forever Like Red) and Angela Russell. The trio’s regularly performed street shows on Abbot Kinney Boulevard eventually caught the attention of a local producer who invited them to record at his studio - resulting in Zachman's debut EP, Repeat Offender. The single off the EP, "Back to Sleep,” received international airplay on BBC and Rte 1 Radio and earned him an in-studio performance at Yahoo Music. Zachman spent the next few years discovering ways to be a self-sufficient artist with the release of his EPs, Fireworks! (2015) and Crude Magic (2017).

In 2018 Zachman released his fourth EP, Up All Night. Zachman says, “I’m really proud of this collection of songs. I feel like I had the confidence and self-awareness to go back into a proper studio with a great band and allow it to take shape without much obsessing.” As he was wrapping up the production of the EP, an auspicious dinner set up by his wife's co-worker led to Zachman meeting Grammy-winning engineer Austen Jux-Chandler (Adele, Wolf Alice, Vance Joy), and the two became fast friends. 

Adopting a very low-key approach and allowing songs to ripen naturally, Zachman and Jux-Chandler spent several years working on End of the Arcade, his debut full-length album. A few studio sessions and one pandemic later, Zachman found himself relocating to the East Coast with only a partially completed album. Determined to get the vocals right, and with the aid of modern technology to work with Jux-Chandler remotely, he put the finishing touches on the album in early 2021. As the End of the Arcade release date draws near, Zachman will be relocating again (this time more permanently) to Omaha, Nebraska.

 

“There’s a bit of the young Rick Nelson about him vocally, and a sense of substance—not flash—in the songs he sings that promises much.” 

Dave DiMartino, Rolling Stone

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