Zach James Releases His Eerie New Single "Ghost"
Through his new single, “Ghost”, Zach James welcomes you to the seance. As the eerie pop song plays, beautifully dramatic lyrics awaken memories that might have been better left to rest. "Ghost" is about a love that ended poorly is brought back to life by the powerful forces of nostalgia. Zach James is haunted by the memory of a love lost. Someone he describes as a fellow 'king of paper town' is gone. This absence is as haunting as a restless spirit. Zach sees the memories of his loved one through rose-colored glasses, remembering only the good times, ignoring the bad times. He is overwhelmed with, 'why did you go?', 'We were so good together'. But that is not the whole truth.
In this song, Zach explores the unhealthy habit of lying to ourselves. We tell ourselves that everything is okay when really, it isn't. When a loved one leaves, we sometimes martyr them, desperately clinging to pieces of them. But we never allow ourselves to see the whole picture. Zach James uses soulful lyrics and the powerful push of a pop beat to illustrate the messages in “Ghost”. Drawing inspiration from artists like Ed Sheeran, Billie Eilish, and Conan Gray, Zach creates a thoughtful and vibrant song that combines heartfelt lyrics and nostalgic melodies. With such an immense talent for songwriting, we can't wait to see what this Austin-based artist does next.
Listen to "Ghost" here.
Hello Zach, welcome to Buzz Music and thank you for being here! We appreciate you taking the time to answer some questions about your career so far and your new single "Ghost" - which is phenomenal by the way. You have a talent for using music to tell incredibly emotional stories. What kind of experiences do you typically write about?
Howdy, y'all! Thank you for having me! Awe, I'm so glad you like the song. It really means a lot to me. Well, I write about a ton of different things. Most of what I write about is based around certain things that I, personally, have gone through or am currently going through. But, I also write some of my songs around stories that people have told me, experiences my friends and family have gone through, or just an emotion/feeling that I think would be fun to make a song about, regardless if I've felt it or not.
It is clear that you use music to convey powerful messages that need to be heard or to tell stories that need to be learned from. What do you hope to do by telling these stories?
I hope that people can use my music as a mirror for themselves. I think there are a lot of stories that I've written about that need to be shared. Everyone deserves their story to be told, so I try my best to tell them as best as I can. I think the main thing I want to do is to tell people that it's okay to feel. I know quite a few people that think it's a strength to push back any emotion they have just to put on a front to other people or not speak their truth because they're afraid of offending others. Like, noooo! the true strength is being able to be vulnerable. Pushing certain feelings/experiences back is only going to make things worse for yourself, people around you, etc. But yeah, if you're sad, be sad. If you're happy, be happy. F*ck everyone else's opinions.
You are originally from Buffalo, NY but currently reside in Austin. What influenced this move across the country?
I am, and I do! Haha, I wish it was a cooler story but its quite boring. My dad just picked my brothers, my mom, and I up one day and said: "We're getting the hell out of here cause I don't wanna be here." It sucked for my family, but I was so ready to get out of Buffalo. I think that move was one of the best things to ever happen to me haha. I would've never been confident enough to do anything if I didn't move to Austin.
"Ghost" is such a beautiful and honest song that we want more! This kind of truthful songwriting needs to be the norm in the industry. What can we expect from you in the future?
Awe, Oh My God thank you. I appreciate it! I have a pretty exciting year ahead of me. I'm going to release my first project soon, which is very scary and exciting. It's all about the stages of a breakup, so yey emo songs haha. I'm also going to put some more singles out that I'm super excited for people to hear, and hopefully get to tour and do some shows for y'all. I'm sooooo excited to show everyone what I've been hiding for so long, I can literally start crying thinking about it haha. But yeah, 2020 is going to be amazing!