Hey, welcome back to Learning The Bassics! I am beyond excited to be interviewing Zachary Thomas, a very talented young artist that I met in Music Theory class a couple of years ago. Most people know Zach by his recent single, Billion to One, which has gotten over 20,000 views on Spotify! For now, let’s dive into the interview, but to find out even more information about Zach’s new song you can go to this link: https://williamsonsource.com/nolensville-high-students-song-tops-20000-streams/ .
Q: Hey Zach! Where are you from?
A: Nolensville, Tennessee
Q: When and how did your interest in music begin?
A: My love for production started in about 5th grade from a computer coding class oddly enough, but I’ve been surrounded by music my entire life.
Q: Is your experience with music hobby or career-based?
A: I would like to make it a career, but right now it is a hobby and passion of mine. I would like my title to be a producer.
Q: How many years of experience do you have?
A: Professionally, none. But I have been doing production writing for about 7 years. So I guess 7 years of amateur writing (Ha).
Q: Yeah wow, that’s a lot of experience for your age! What would you say are some of the biggest opportunities you’ve been presented with?
A: My last project with Amno was probably my biggest opportunity. It is really why my music is starting to take off in the community.
Q: And who are some of your favorite artists?
A: Illenium, EDEN, Yoe Mase, Prides, Andrew Huang, Armin Van Buuren, (I could go on lol).
Q: Yes! I also love Andrew Huang. I learn a lot from his production tutorials! Who would you consider to be your best connection(s) in the industry?
A: My parent’s friend, Craig Krolicki, who is the drum tech. My uncle is also the stage manager for Barry Manilow. I have many odd family or friend connections to very odd parts in the industry.
Q: That’s really cool and haha I can totally relate to that! Do you have any music of your own you’d be willing to share with us?
A: YES. My latest track with Amno, Billion to One.
Q: Right! And what advice or words of wisdom do you have for my
readers as well as myself?
A: Connections, connections, connections. Network if you can, and also don’t be afraid to mess up. But yeah, the more connections you have to people, the more you can get from your experience with the industry.
Q: Yeah, that really seems to be the case! What have been some of your biggest mistakes so far?
A: Hmmmmm… My old tracks are pretty embarrassing. I used to do production through a free online DAW (Digital Audio Workstation), and with being in 5th/6th grade, the results weren’t the greatest. At the time, though, I thought I was so awesome.
Q: That’s hilarious, I think everyone can relate to that one way or another. Who would you consider as your mentor(s) in the industry?
A: Ooh… In the industry, probably Bryan Snyder/Brad Ford from Snyder Entertainment and Andrew Dodd from WCS’ EIC program. I also look up to all of my favorite artists.
Q: Awesome! And lastly, what are three interesting and unrelated facts about
A: I’m still in high school, I play hockey, and I’m in the local marching band.
It amazes me how involved you are with a school, which we both know is not hard to be at NHS, but you actually came out with this incredible song in the midst of it all and it’s “crossing oceans and reaching thousands of people”, as stated over at William Source. They also talked about how you were involved at the Franklin EIC (Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center), and I wanted to ask if that was in any way music related, because I am supposed to be joining their program this year as well.