“The ‘New’ American band.” That’s how lead vocalist/pianist Zach Watkins envisions rock-soul sextet, AZP.
Since 2003, lead vocalist/founder Zach Watkins and co-founder Ishma Valenti have been creating music as a unit. Watkins, being the soul singing, multi-genre instrumentalist that he is, alongside the clever, conscious-minded lyricism of Valenti, gave flight to a Midwest style and sound like no other. Years later, the duo would find 4 music connoisseurs to create the AZP family and help take their sound to higher levels.
AZP is the unique blend of classic rock-soul mixed with the contemporary vibes of hip-hop. The sextet stretches each genres “limitations” by re-creating a very pleasing interaction between the two. It’s your classic fuzz guitar tones, whirling organs, deeply warm bass guitar, and heartfelt vocals, molded with the cool, smooth vibes of hip-hop. It’s the love for a transparent artist mind and journal, singing songs of real life events, dreams, and nightmares in each record. It’s music for your everyday, and a live concert you do not want to miss. So much energy, passion, and emotion is presented in every set, and every stage, no matter the city. “These guys are known for putting together some of the liveliest shows around.” -Kiefer Watson, Journal Star.
AZP holds true value to the home-grown roots in which they are from. Young prideful men, “city cowboys”, “weary-hearted rebels” as some have labled. Straight out of the nation’s Hearland: Lincoln, Nebraska. But don’t let being from the small city mistake them for small minded. The two time OEAA nominee became one of the states most respected units due to their passionate motions on social, cultural, and racial issues, all the while proudly advocating peace. And that’s what it’s all about with AZP, unifying people of all colors, all cultures, and all beliefs. Inspiring and uplifting, AZP is known for their powerful visuals and short films for their music. Created in-house, AZP was recently awarded The White Light City Film Festival’s 2016’s Best Music Video and the Stacy Heatherly Award for the Early Sunday Morning single, “Charge”.
With 4 nationally liscensed EP’s under their belts, over 5 South By South West showcases performed at the biggest indie festival of the U.S., and 3 years of touring their music and growing a movement throughout the nation, AZP continues on with 2017’s “The New American Tour”. Another year long road run, focused on their passion for city lights, exciting art and music, and working to unite cultures within America.
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