Zachery Allan Starkey is a New York City based Composer/Songwriter/Producer who uses analogue synthesizers and electronics to craft dark, melodic, heavily emotional dance floor journeys. Starkey garners the influences of Techno, House, Post-Punk, Italo Disco, Synthpop, and HI-NRG, pulling elements from this spectrum to create his own unique sound of self-expression. He releases his music as Zachery Allan Starkey (ZAS) and as ZGRT. Starkey’s most recent release, the ZGRT - HARD POWER Single/LP, saw him opening for the legendary New Order on their Music Complete Tour, which included a spectacular sold out show at Manhattan's Radio City Music Hall. Starkey produced the lead ZGRT single HARD POWER with Gavin Rayna Russom, the influential synthesist of LCD Soundsystem and Black Meteoric Star. Starkey is currently putting the finishing touches on his new album, FEAR CITY. Composed, produced, and performed entirely by Starkey himself, and engineered with Abe Seiferth (Ornette Coleman, LCD Soundsystem, Yeasayer), FEAR CITY also features two collaborations with one of the pioneers of electronic music, and is set for release sometime in 2019. So far, Starkey has accomplished all of this without the support of a record label or management, he has been a true DIY artist.
Starkey’s previous releases include the ZGRT single CONNECTION, an uplifting, House inspired ode to finding solace in solitude that received a glowing review in PASTE Magazine. Next came release of the third ZGRT single, via Post-Punk Magazine, the dark, dirty throbbing HI-NRG / Synthwave powered BLACK ANGEL, which was followed by the 4th ZGRT single, the hard hitting, industrial club grind of GAME OVER . Under his own name, Starkey recently released the sleazy Deep House anthem COME INSIDE EP on the Italo/Deep House imprint Three Hands Records. Starkey’s music career in New York began in 2013 with the release of his heartbreaking dance single Into the Sun, which became a club favorite from Brooklyn to Los Angeles. His follow up 2013 single, We’re All Fucked!, saw Starkey accurately predicted the current global political situation. The singles were followed by the release of a full length album, DIY.
Starkey's fierce independence and melodic sensibilities have garnered the support of James Murphy, influential Berlin producer Mark Reeder, and the currently thriving Brooklyn techno scene. On the DJ front, working with Lauren Flax and Gavin Rayna Russom, Starkey co-founded and produced C//TY CLUB, one of NYC's most respected and eclectic club nights. As well as releasing several earlier ZAS singles and albums on his own label, Strategic Air Command. Starkey accompanies his single releases with beautiful music videos, which he films and directs in New York City with visual collaborator William Murray.