Saturday, October 10, 2015

A salvaged toy piano, noise makers, 25-cent whistles, rattles, plastic flutes, cheap candy ocarinas color J Hacha De Zola’s “urban junkyard” sound.

Jersey City-based artist’s Escape from Fat Kat City, recorded in shadow of a Rahway prison, arrives Jan. 8th, 2016. Hear “Better Run” single now.


J Hacha De Zola as photographed by Miguel Peralta



“Better Run” is taken from the upcoming album Escape from Fat Kat City by Jersey City-based musician J Hacha De Zola.


‘Better Run’ was lots of fun to record as it contains many unconventional instruments and noise makers,” says Jersey City’s J Hacha De Zola of the track taken from his upcoming Escape from Fat Kat City album. “Before the session, I visited the local corner bodegas that I used to go as a kid and bought silly noise makers, 25-cent whistles, rattles, plastic flutes, and cheap candy ocarinas.”

Hacha De Zola also brought in a toy piano that he salvaged from a random Sunday afternoon trash day, explaining “One of its little legs was busted up but the intonation was almost spot on! I tucked it under my arm and away I went!”

Other “instruments” that appear on the track include a steel hatchet, a heavy steel plate, old street signs, aluminum garbage cans, dinner plates, and a large sheet of thick plastic which Hacha De Zola would “whip around in the air to get a ‘wobbling’ sound.

“Walking into the session with all of these items really threw my producer for a loop,” he remembers. “The poor guy never knew what to expect. Sometimes I’d roll in with a tuba player, other times I’d show up with a steel pipe.”

Of the thematic content of the song, Hacha De Zola seeks to make the listener question the true nature of love. “It seems that some of the most horrific atrocities in history have been committed in the name of ‘love,’” he explains. “Love of ‘god,’ love of ‘country,” love of a ‘people.’ I guess I’m exploring some of the darker aspects of love with this one.”

Hacha De Zola’s Escape from Fat Kat City” was recorded in Rahway, New Jersey in the shadow of a maximum security correctional facility and an oil refinery, a setting that perfectly contributes to the slinky back alley strut, dizzying waltzes, and surf-raga-samba-freakouts that populate the record.

With its abandoned industrial parks, rail road tracks, and refinery flares, Rahway was the perfect setting in which to create the album, which composites various musical styles ranging from Blues, Folk, Jazz, Latin, Funk, and Psychedelia and influences such as Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Syd Barrett, Cesar Romero, and Tom Waits.

Escape from Fat Kat City by J Hacha De Zola is scheduled for release on January 8th, 2016.  Hacha De Zola is available for interviews.  Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.


J Hacha De Zola
Escape From Fat Kat City
Jan. 8th, 2016

Track Listing:

01. Welcome to Fat Kat City (Instrumental)
02. Strange
03. Better Run (STREAM | DOWNLOAD | MP3)
04. Black Sparrow (STREAM | DOWNLOAD | MP3)
05. Death Rant #1 (Rant)
06. Let It Go
07. Poison Wine
08. Hold Tight
09. Down
10. Ice Cream and Cigarettes
11. City Girls
12. Moonpies and Penny Whistles
13. 7 League Boots
14. Blue Sky
15. Next Exit (Instrumental)


J Hacha De Zola Links


Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion

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