Published on May 10th, 2014 | by Dylan Lott0
Interview with Property of Zack owner Zack Zarrillo
Hey Zack! Great to have you with us, we’re long-time fans of Property of Zack! It’s cool to be able to catch up with you like this. Let’s get started!
When did you start POZ and why did you start it?
-I started PropertyOfZack officially in November of 2009 while I was a junior in high school. I didn’t start it on purpose, it sort of just happened. I didn’t have a plan, so the first year or so of running the site featured an incredible amount of mistakes and growth.
I saw that you run a record label, How’s that going? What artists are you working with on there?
-I do! I have a label called Bad Timing Records with my partner Thomas Nassiff. It’s going really, really great so far. We’ve done four releases as I’m typing this and have three or so more coming in the very near future. I had no idea what it would be like to do a label when I decided to join Thomas, but it’s been a complete joy.
Are you particularly excited for any upcoming tours, events, etc… with POZ or your label?
-Bad Timing has a few really cool releases coming up, but I have to keep quiet about that. In terms of POZ, we’re currently going through a lot of changes and hope to show off a lot more soon.
Do you play any instruments?
-I’ve played guitar since I was ten or so (I’m 21 now). There’s a very long list of events that lead to me starting PropertyOfZack, and learning guitar was certainly the largest.
What are your thoughts about the current state of the music industry right now?
-It’s going through an interesting shift. There was this large state of “revolution” for five or more years, but now that the big changes are over, all the smaller ones are happening. The music industry is massive – it includes bands, venues, managers, agents, labels, websites, publicists, etc. Everything is shifting.
Where do you think the trends are heading right now?
-Stuff is starting to get larger again. You have bands like Modern Baseball, Citizen, and Real Friends all pushing to new limits that younger bands couldn’t hit three or so years ago. This is the step of growth.
What trends are dying to you right now?
-I think many of the bands in the 2007-2010 era are now fading away as new strains of pop-punk proved to be more loved. It’s interesting to watch some of those bands limp on, some succeed, but most unfortunately fade.
Who is your favorite band / what genres do you normally listen to?
-blink-182 is my favorite band forever and after. I listen to pop-punk, emo, and post-hardcore music predominately.
What are your plans with POZ for the next year? What are you excited about?
-It’s hard to share a lot of those. We’re planning on a second redesign based off of our changes that came last year to further refine and expand. We’re also hoping to change how our ad structuring works. And then, of course, push into new content areas.
Thanks for taking the time to sit down with us, Zack
If you have any other questions for Zack, leave them in the comments section and we’ll try to get him to come back around in a couple days and answer a few!
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