ZGRT is the new musical project from New York City based songwriter/producer Zachery Allan Starkey. A staple of Brooklyn's underground electronic music and art scene for over half a decade, Starkey released 3 critically acclaimed solo albums of lyricall...
ZGRT is the new musical project from New York City based songwriter/producer Zachery Allan Starkey. A staple of Brooklyn's underground electronic music and art scene for over half a decade, Starkey released 3 critically acclaimed solo albums of lyrically inspired synthpop before forming ZGRT, which combines electronic synthesis and aspects of techno, house, and post-punk with emotional songwriting. The first ZGRT single, HARD POWER, was produced by Starkey in conjunction with acclaimed DFA Records colleague Gavin Russom, known for his work with LCD Soundsystem, Black Meteoric Star, and The Crystal Ark. Along with Russom and Lauren Flax (CREEP), Starkey also co-founded one of the most respected underground parties in the Bushwick, Brooklyn Techno/House scene, C//TY CLUB.
With HARD POWER, Starkey creates a bold reflection of America's role in never ending wars abroad and surveillance state at home. A twelve minute long dance odyssey transports the listener into a sensual auditory experience replete with driving arpeggiated synth bass lines, analogue synths and dark danceable beats.Vocals ranging from dreamy and sensual to hard and powerful directly reinforce a political dichotomy between hard and soft power - lulling the listener into auditory, paternalistic comfort before launching solid bass lines and a figurative auditory assault. Maternal and paternal references in the song further invoke a dreamy state of political complacency required to launch an attack and reinforce hard power. The latter half of the song is a soaring auditory experience transporting a listener through the night sky on a figurative attack mission which doubles as an aural one. In addition to a wonderful dance track, the song is a powerful, participatory reflection on an individuals role in current events. The striking HARD POWER music video is directed by Mamiko Kushida, William Murray, and Starkey himself.
With the ZGRT live show, Starkey presents a collaborative, live, synth based endeavor with a rotating cast of musicians. The resulting work is a sonic testament to Starkey's journey from a working class upbringing to participation in a broader world of club music on New York City's dance floors.