Alongside our partnership with YouTube, Zak Abel featured in YouTube On The Rise Live.
Bit by the musical bug at a young age, Zak joined a band and taught himself piano in his young teens. After uploading covers of Amy Winehouse and Ray Charles to YouTube, Zak caught the attention of several managers and record labels. Today, through his work with Joker, Bondax, Kaytranada, Tom Misch, Wookie, Kwabs and Gorgon City, this young 20 year-old has built up a fanbase that includes a sold out Notting Hill Arts Club show and extensive support from Julie Adenuga and Zane Lowe, Radio 1’s Mistajam and Annie Mac, DJ Monki as well as Wonderland, i-D and Noisey. Whether writing over soulful electronica or stripped back piano, Zak Abel’s compositions are bound by a sense of contemplation empathy and optimism. For Zak, making music is about a genuine desire to create moments that people can really, deeply, relate to.