Zak is a star in ascendance. Poised to break out of Cambridge, where he has built a reputation as a consistently classy performer, he's hitting the dance floors of London at some of the biggest venues, taking in Hidden in Vauxhall and The Egg in Kings Cross.
Current residencies in Cambridge include the gritty underground vaulted Po Na Na, glamorous Ta Bouche and the ever popular Fez. It's clear he already has East Anglian night life covered, the only question is how he hasn't been seen more of in London yet.
Effortlessly playing to the beautiful people as a pre-club sensation in Ta Bouche, his tough and funky style really picks up as the lights go down. Sultry vocal house slides into sexy electro, descending into driving bass lines sure to move even the most reluctant of dancers onto the floor. A familiar sight behind the decks in Po Na Na you can guarantee he'll be picking up the pace as the night gets dirty. If you like your house funky and fresh, but with more than a little bit of filth thrown in for good measure, Zak is your man.
With a talent nurtured in the style of his own idol, Danny Rampling, you can expect skilfully drawn out mixes, sensitive sampling and some seriously twisted beats when he takes to the decks. The smooth delivery belies skilful manipulation of both CD and vinyl decks. Always seeking out the newest and darkest tunes to entertain the crowd with, Zak treats his music with a passion and respect often lacking in less talented DJ's efforts.
"I've been mixing since my early 20's, I fell into it when a friend got decks. We used to go on exploratory missions into London to find out what was out there musically. My early days at Metro Groove at Turnmills and nights at The Cross were a big influence. Right now I'm playing a lot of progressive and soulful stuff, but my favourite track has to be 'Holdin On' the Dubsco remix, it's got such a unique sound and it's amazingly well produced. I always try to find new sounds to play with, to experiment and tease with. I've had a love affair with house since I was 11 or 12, and to me it's about creating a journey, and working the decks. These days the most exciting thing about mixing and playing out is being able to share the discovery with an eager crowd."