Interview: Independent artist Zach Heckendorf talks new album, 'Artifacts'
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If you haven’t heard of Zach Heckendorf yet, allow us to introduce you to an artist poised to accomplish incredible things in the music industry. As a native of Colorado, Heckendorf knew from a young age he was meant to create music. At ten years old, he picked up a guitar and began honing his craft. Refining his ability, he learned by playing songs from the skillful Jack Johnson and guitarist Jose Gonzalez.

His early efforts paid dividends when he was discovered in high school and signed to Aware Records. It’s a label artists like John Mayer, Train and ZZ Ward have all called home. Zach wrote his first album under the tutelage of renowned songwriter Brett Dennen. After its release, he toured the nation, sharing the stage with many of the industries biggest names, like O.A.R., OneRepublic and John Butler Trio.

However, in 2014, Heckendorf decided to cut a new path for his artistry and parted ways with Aware Records. With the same tenacity he used to learn to play guitar and write music, he pursued music independently. What began as a Kickstarter campaign to fund the making of a new album, evolved to produce his own independent label he called Organically Elevated.

Today, Zach celebrates the release of his second full-length album entitled Artifacts, available now on all digital music providers. AXS sat down with Zach to discuss the album and his journey in the music industry. He was as engaging as his songs imply, telling us, “One of the reasons I called it Artifacts is because it is kind of like a reflection on the past three years.” Continuing he explained, “It was recorded whenever I had the money. It was recorded all across the states; a little bit in Chicago, a little bit in Vermont and a little bit in Denver.” Concluding, “Because it was over the period of three years, and I went through a lot of big transitions in those three years, each song kind of comes from a different point of transition and an important point of learning for me.”

As a result of all the touring Zach did during his college days he disclosed his songwriting has changed, “I used to just write songs, and whatever came out, came out. I guess now, when I write, I have it in the back of my head that these songs are going to be played live in front of people and they have to be able to hold their own in front of an audience.”

He is an artist on the verge of accomplishing big things with his music. Pick up a copy of Artifacts on all digital music platforms or by visiting his website: http://www.zachheckendorf.com/.


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