Zac Waters has come a long way since his first feature with us back in 2014.
Although the Australian producer remained relatively underground throughout the years, Waters still managed to score numerous releases through various Armada sub-labels (including Armada Captivating and Who’s Afraid Of 138?!), all while continuously perfecting his craft.
Earlier this year, Waters released his incredibly fresh single “Freak” via Monstercat, a label that took note of his off-kilter, underground production style.
Just two months later, Mr. Waters is back once again with “A Lot Like You,” a track that takes a complete 180 from the direction of his last Monstercat release. “A Lot Like You” sees Waters returning to the world of progressive trance, but with a little bit of a bite this time around.
We won’t spoil all the surprises this track has to offer, though.
We had the pleasure of having Waters for a brief Q&A, where he explained the inspiration behind “A Lot Like You,” among other various topics. Check out the interview below:
Hey Zachari! Thanks for joining us today.
Thanks for having me!
First of all, this new track is absolutely stunning. Can you tell us a little bit about it and where the inspiration for it came from?
I started writing the song about a year ago. I was really attracted to contrasting sounds and styles within the same song, so experimenting between the bright and dark aspects felt really natural. It was only until midway through the year that I realized that the contrast was reflective of the relationship I have with my father, and our journey through accepting music as a career despite some hesitation and friction early on. The first 2 minutes represents the early chaotic stage, the breakdown is the realization, and the last minute is the resolution. I think the vocal suited the story so well too, like the final piece of the jigsaw. The sample itself wasn’t too spectacular quality wise so I ended up singing it instead.
Would you say this is your favorite track that you’ve produced? If not, what is?
I think I’d have to say yes. I can’t recall putting this much effort into a single before.
Who are some of the key artists that have influenced your sound?
A pretty broad variety, and for a bunch of different reasons! Above & Beyond for emotion, Porter Robinson for innovation, deadmau5 for progression, Gesaffelstein for experimentation. Recently though, guys like Bad Computer and Alon Mor have been motivating me to push harder with sound design and production techniques.
How has it been working with Monstercat (a label that typically doesn’t release music in your style)?
Like a dream. I’m so grateful for the opportunity that Monstercat have given me to release music, especially in such varying styles. The freedom that they give artists to create is incredibly refreshing.
Since the end of the 2017 is nigh, what was your favorite single & album of the year?
Favourite album I’d have to say is Long Awaited Journey by Alon Mor. If you’re a producer, do yourself a favor and sit through this masterpiece. This guy has set the benchmark for production quality. Favorite Single is a tricky one, but I’d have to say “The End of Us” by Xavi. The contrast between start and finish is amazing, and the progression is somehow melancholic and uplifting simultaneously. 10/10 snare too.
Do you ever get confused for Zak Waters (the vocalist)?
I used to a fair bit, especially when I was new to Twitter. I think I joined at the same time he featured on a Madeon record. I still have hopes of collaborating with him eventually.
Can you give us some insight into any collaborations or special projects you’re working on?
I’ve been working on an alias for the past few years. I can’t give much away at this stage but I’m sure more info will unfold in the near future! Collaboration wise: a new one with EDDIE, a techno number with Blair Rouge, and something cooking with Bad Computer.
“A Lot Like You” is out now. Support on all platforms: Monstercat.lnk.to/ALotLikeYou