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Irish funkmeister Max Zaska is working hard to get the attention of American band Vulfpeck with the goal of recording a song together. He’s in the last week of a 28-day campaign that sees a new video released every day with a different reason why a collaboration should happen and documenting it on his website and social media accounts.
From crowd surfing at a recent festival while the crowd chants “Vulf – Zaska”, to showing off his jazz degree, and playing a guitar solo in a horse mask, Zaska is pulling out all the stops to get Vulfpeck’s attention while showcasing his musicianship, character, and stage presence.
“Vulfpeck’s unique music, recording, visuals, business model, and marketing have been so inspiring for me as an artist. It would be a dream come true to record and hang with these absolute legends! I know whatever song we end up doing will be next-level funky.” Max explains.
Known for his feel-good blend of modern funk, jazz, and R&B, Max Zaska is the guitar-wielding songwriter at the helm of a supergroup of Irish talent that bears his name. But this time, he’s solo in his attempt to record with the American funk band whose cult fan following includes a very high proportion of musicians. See all of the reasons for a Zaska + Vulfpeck collaboration over on Zaska’s site.
Who is Zaska?
Max Zaska is a guitarist, composer, lyricist, bandleader, arranger, and producer. He blends his blues-rock roots with a love of a deeply funky groove and jazz improvisation. What you get are compositions that don’t fit neatly into a single genre. His band, ZASKA, has ever-changing members, size, and instrumentation, putting great songs at the very heart of every performance.
I had the pleasure of sitting down with Max Zaska early this year before the release of his debut studio album It Takes A Village, which featured some of the hottest voices in the Irish music scene (Loah, BARQ, Wyvern Lingo to name but a few), so jump over HERE for the long read version.
Who are Vulfpeck?
Vulfpeck has gained notoriety over the years for their style of “low-volume funk”, minimalist aesthetic and creative marketing approach. They are a core group of four American musicians who often swap instruments, while guest players make frequent appearances.
The self-managed and self-released band recently sold out the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado and are headlining a show at Madison Square Garden in New York this September. Vulfpeck last performed in Dublin at two sold out shows in the Olympia in October 2018 (in which they blew my tiny little mind!)
So let’s get this done yeah? Get behind it!