As I sit and think about all that I have done to get where I am, and all I still have to do to get where I want to be it makes me nothing but joyful. Joyful that I have the ability to get better and keep taking steps forward.
Recently took a few trips to Nashville to meet with a producer about possibly working with me and refining my skills into producible product. It was a good meeting. Good enough that I am preparing to move to Nashville so that hopefully I will be able to start work come January on getting better and becoming a part of something great.
Chances like these are few and far between. I am praying hard and continuing to put in as much work as possible on my end to get as good as possible before leaving for the city. I am nothing but excited!
I continue to press forward, work 2 to 3 jobs to be able to support my dreams in Nashville and one I arrive in January will hopefully be able to find work as well to continue supporting the dream.
I am so thankful for all the support you, my family and fans continue to give me. That is more than I could ever ask for and for that I am extremely thankful.
Continue to stay updated with me as the next few months of my life are bound to be filled with highs and lows and many many adventures.
Love you guys
Hey guys. Sorry it has been so long sense my last post. I realize that it takes some serious time to keep you updates with what’s going on in my world and I promise to do better at making you be a part of it.
Where to start… Well awesome news! I’m headed to Nashville in late October to meet with a songwriter/producer named Jamie Houston… Guy has written many songs for several huge artists and is great at what he does. But you can look him up if you want to know more!
Nashville is an awesome opportunity for me and I hope great things come of it. If its just advice than its great way to gain it and I something else comes of it then even better.
Got a few jobs to help support the music cause. The specific one I love is Stone Summit Climbing. Taken up quite the hobby lately and have very much enjoyed being a part of that family for what has been a very short time. Hopefully I will be able to be there quite sometime unless better opportunities arise for me in Nashville.
Hoping you all have a great day and I look forward to sharing more with you as the future unfolds.
Love you guys,
Good mid morning world,
So much to catch you up on… where to start? Orlando was awesome. Met great people, had a great time, and got some good feedback on where I stand with music and the possibility of doing it as a career. I think I will break up this exciting news into two blog posts. The begging and the end of the week so you can get a feel for how busy it was.
So, we left Atlanta on Sunday morning bright and early which put us in Orlando around six that night. The cars were extremely packed, and not just with luggage. My little siblings each brought a friend on this trip so in both cars we were full to the brim with suitcases and people. Cramped rides make for great trips though.
After arriving, we unpacked settled down and oh yes…. Met the family we were sharing a house with for the week. More people!!! My dad’s fraternity brother from OSU (Oklahoma) who is from the DC area decided to take his family on vacation with us and we all packed into a house to cut costs. I believe there were 14 of us all together.
Monday, Monday, Monday!
First of all, lets be real. One can not simply go to Orlando, the town of theme parks, and not visit one. Harry Potter world more specifically. Under this calm and cool exterior of a musician you see, there is a nerd who loves HP. Let me just say for those who have not been, this place is incredible. Yes the feel is walking around this old time town in the winter and it might have been over a 100 degree’s but totally worth it. Rode some rides, saw some cool buildings, it was awesome… Moving on
First day at the Gaylord was intense. We started around noon and from the first second, information was thrown at me like darts on a dartboard. Go, Go, Go. Had a few seminar’s to attend, one being “Critiquing your demo” with Stone Stafford of Icon Studios. Stone and I had already known each other, so I figured I needed to show face in front of him as many times as possible. Stone manages Mathai (The Voice Season 2) and I was lucky enough to play some music in front of Stone one day and he asked if I would come sit down and play with Mathai. At the time I didn’t think it would happen, but sure enough a week later I found myself at Icon Studios about to make a road trip to Athens with Mathai and play a small show with her. Pretty cool stuff. I digress…
In this critiquing your demo seminar with Stone he would play someone’s demo and then ask the crowd (150 to 200 people) “would you buy this record?”. He would get the crowd’s feedback as potential consumers and then would offer some constructive advice on what to do better. Knowing Stone, and knowing that he had already heard the song I was going to play, I wanted to see the reaction of the crowd and gauge who all ( of random people I had never met) would like and purchase my music when asked. Stone played the demo and we listened to about 90 seconds of my song For You Tonight. Just like before he asked the crowd “Who would buy this record?” and almost all 200 people raised their hands. Was a great feeling. He went on to ask the people who didn’t raise their hands why they wouldn’t buy it, and some people said that it just wasn’t their style (understandable) but you can’t appeal to everyone. It was a great way to start the week going into the nights activities with music.
Later that night I had my first showcase of the week. The group performances were all happening that first day. I was singing a duet with a good friend of mine named Ric. We chose to sing Use Somebody by Kings of Leon. Ric has a natural rock voice and was perfect for the melody of this song, and I love doing harmonies and worked my blues/soul style into the harmony. We had only practiced about an hour one time before the showcase so needless to say we were a little nervous. Didn’t know what to expect out there on stage but when you are standing in line and the tech guy looks at you and says ” Ok, you’re on” you don’t have much choice but to walk out there and pray you both are on the same page. This showcase was in the main area of the convention center, and help about 1500-2000 people. Tonight there were probably 400 in attendance.
Ric and I took the stage, took a deep breath, and stepped up to the mic. We played our song and got some amazing feedback from the crowd. We were one of the only acts that people started cheering as we were singing. It was truly a great feeling to know people thought we were good as we were preforming. Doubt that we were good was never an issue, but having reassurance of that fact is always a wonderful thing to have. Ric and I finished, walked of stage, and got some great compliments back stage from the other performers and that’s when we really began to notice that we might have just done awesome (which we did).
Day one came to a close with the end of that performance and night was already upon us. Everyone slowly started wondering back to their rooms to get up early and do it all again the next day, while I jumped in my car, drove to the house we rented and crashed around 1am only to get up at 5am and do it all again…
The story stops here for now, but there is more to come soon, and trust me it only gets better!
Love you guys,
As the week comes to an end, I am wrapping up the final stages of the “Getting Ready” process. Packing is a nightmare. Making sure the day’s are lined up and having everything you need to have is somewhat stressful. More so than I thought it would be at least. Staying in a house somewhere down there instead of the hotel everyone else at this showcase is staying at so I’m also planning on gas and parking costs, and money is always something that brings stress my way.
Other than packing the only thing I have to do is make sure I have my performances down and know what I am going to say to agents in interviews. Talking to people has never been a problem though, and I’m pretty sure that after I do my thing on stage, all I’m going to need to do is talk to someone to turn them into a Zach Lucas believer. That is the end goal one way or another.
EP cd cover’s were finished yesterday. They look great! I’ll post a preview later so you guys can check them out. Feel free to contact me if you want one. Only $5 There is my advertising pitch of the blog. No more I promise.
My buddy Stephen is coming in town today which is awesome. Guy is hysterical and is easy to relax with. Thinking maybe Braves game or some other event. Hooch float or something…
As I take you guys through this weekend I will try to help anyone else wanting to follow this career path out by answering any questions they might have. Would be pretty cool if I got to take you guys from being nobody through the transformation to becoming somebody… I pray that that is the case.
Good wishes to you all as you pursue the day
This next week starts the beginning of what could be drastic change in my life. Good change. The kind of change that helps you go from a few hundred people knowing you, to a few thousand people wanting to see you. The change that takes a nobody and turns them into somebody. I’m talking American Idol, Supers Size Me, or any other show change. But enough analogies…
Everyone gets a once in a life time opportunity to do something with themselves and take that chance that may allow them to pursue their dreams to the ends of the earth. This is that chance for me. Sunday morning I will be traveling to Orlando to preform in front of some “Big Wigs” lets just call them. And the Wigs are Big enough to lets say sign you to their record company, or modeling group. Rather large Wigs…
Playing the song that I posted for you guys to check out For You Tonight for everyone. Seems to be the catchy tune people are looking for, and I’m happy to deliver what has turned into a finely tuned product.
Many updates will be coming. Currently I am in the getting ready stages. Packing, changing guitar strings, making sure everything is in place for the trip. Don’t worry… It will be.
Big things ahead. No time to look back. As Buzz Lightyear would say “To infinity and beyond”. That about sums this one up.
Send some prayers world,
See you soon and a bigger scale,
Doing the music thing… What can I say. Makes for an interesting life. First things first. Introductions.
I am Zach Lucas. 23 years old, living in Atlanta, and currently singer/songwriter, guitarist, producer, manager, and booking agent. I play and write soul/blues/country music and cover everything under the sun. Lets be real, you got to appreciate the original works of the people who came before. Matthews, Mayer, Johnson (yes I am referring to Dave, John, and Jack) are the influences of some of today’s upcoming artists. Hell, I learned to play guitar by listening to a Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds CD, but I do enjoy the classics. B.B. King, Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra, just to name a few of the best.
The music business…
It’s a funny world this entertainment industry. One where talent alone is meaningless and all you need to have is the right connections. A few thousand extra dollars laying around won’t hurt either.
Stories and updates to come
Nice to meet you world,