Getting To Know... Zack Sympson

Following on from a impressive flurry of upbeat offerings throughout the last few years, New Zealand-based singer and songwriter Zack Sympson is back once again with his heartfelt new release 'It's Not The End'.

Channelling a wonderfully sweet and uplifting direction from start to finish, 'It's Not The End' makes for a beautifully endearing new gem. With his captivating voice layered over a humbled pop-rock aesthetic, it feels like we are going to be hearing a lot more from him in the months to come.

So with the new single available now, we sat down with him to find out more about his background and what has inspired him most over the years.


What was the first instrument you fell in love with?

The guitar. I first picked up a guitar when I was a young man and learnt to play electric guitar. I loved playing rock music but fell in love with acoustic guitar later on and that became my favourite instrument.

What kind of music did you love when you were younger?

I was a big fan of rock music but always found myself repeating the ballad songs that all the rock artists would do. I always loved rock but ballads eventually took over as I got older.

What was the first album you remember owning?

Simple Plan - 'Still Not Getting Any'

What is the one song you wished you could have written yourself?

James Arthur - 'Train Wreck'

Do you have any habits or rituals you go through when trying to write new music?

All I need is a warm moon-lit night by the ocean and I can write song after song after song.

Who are your favourite artists you have found yourself listening to at the moment?

James Arthur, NF and Ed Sheeran's older stuff.

If you could open a show for anyone in the world, who would it be?

Ed Sheeran.

What do you find is the most rewarding part about being a musician?

When people relate to my music.

And what is the most frustrating part?

Trying to be consistent while balancing a full-time job.

And what is the best piece of advice you have received as a musician?

Do it because you love it. The very few who get big usually get overwhelmed by the pressure. Appreciate the grind because you won't get big overnight and you learn as you go.


Zack Sympson's new single 'It's Not The End' is available to stream now. Check it out in the player below.