When Rahway, New Jersey’s J Hacha de Zola released Picaro Obscuro, the second of his two “urban junkyard” albums of 2016, he insinuated that he might not continue on to make a third, and if he did, his plan was to “lighten up” the sound that he has variously, previously (ominously?) described as “boozegaze.” Turns out maybe he was overthinking things, which isn’t so surprising for a scientist turned auteur.

Indeed, there was a time when J Hacha de Zola was very close to becoming Dr. J Hacha de Zola.

“I am a scientist because of my father,” he says.

And now he is a musician because of him, as well. A year deep into a PhD program after receiving his Master’s in Biochemistry from Seton Hall, Hacha de Zola’s father passed. Hacha de Zola had to quit school to support his mother and the rest of his family, but the situation presented another life change that pushed him into pursuing what was most important to him personally: making music. While selflessness and self-preservation may have motivated the first move, it’s the other side of the coin, the rogue life of an artist, that Hacha de Zola’s mother was seeing when she referred to her son as “antipatico.”

Translation: “wicked.”

“The kind of alluring character found in old children’s books.” – UTNE 

“The main influence is that of Tom Waits. But if Zola has influences, he also has talent.” – VOIR

“To say that De Zola’s creative process and musical style are unique is an understatement.” – SLUG

“Cranks and curdles and clomps around his slithery croon tunes.” – CMJ

“A twisted, dystopian narrative straight from the mind of John Carpenter.” – ELMORE

“Visionary.” – BLURT

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J Hacha De Zola's 3rd Album 'Antipatico' to be released on October 6, 2017.


Album release show at Maxwell's Tavern on 10/14/17 as part of The Latest Noise Live! Fall 2017 showcase. 

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photo by Miguel Peralta, poster by Hank hank yaghooti

photo by Miguel Peralta, poster by Hank hank yaghooti