Zach Schultze

How did you get started? Tell us your story!

My name is Zach Schultze. The way I had gotten started in music was really from the beginning. I was submerged into all types of music and I always had a different type of ear when it came to listening to music. I was born in Clay Center, Kansas. The music I grew up with was almost every genre with almost every person in my family liking something different. I started doing music in 2012, once I realized that an artist I followed, by the name of Mac Miller, was only a year older than me, showing me that creating music can be learned at any age, especially when you have a feeling for it. I started taking things seriously once I graduated high school and was able to head off to college and learn more about the craft. I would say the biggest moments up to this point would be going Platinum off of a record that I recorded and mixed, followed by another Gold Record. The best feeling in the world to me is when you do something to a record, and you hear it released on the radio, TV, movies, and multiple other platforms all over the world.

What is your experience in the music industry? Do you have any formal training or schooling? If not, are you self-taught and how did you learn your craft? What is your learning style? What are your favorite educational resources (ex. college, YouTube, etc.)?

Starting after high school, I went to Full Sail for a Bachelor of Science in Recording Arts. Along with schooling, I spent every moment out of the classroom on YouTube or in a book trying to figure out how to do something I don't know how to do, something I still do to this day. My learning style was hands-on, ears open, trial and error with finding what I like and what I don't like, but then at the same time finding what the client likes and doesn't like. Your best resources in the industry are your peers. No matter what, someone will hear something different or know something different than you do.

What are some credits and achievements that you have? Who have you worked with? Who have you collaborated with?

I have worked with various artists in many different genres including collaborations such as Juice WRLD, Bandhunta Izzy, J.I.D, ShordieShordie, Toosii2x, Young Thug, YFN Lucci, Jessi Reyez, Lil Yachty, Pi'erre Bourne, IDK, Earthgang, Key Glock, Yella Beezy, Derez De'Shon, Lotto Savage, CashOut, 21 Savage, Lil Wop, Young Nuddy, the soundtrack for the TV Show "The Mick", and voice-overs for "The Walking Dead" Video Game.

Who are your biggest influences growing up and why? Who do you like to listen to now and why? Who’s on your playlist right now?

My influence was my family. They were the ones playing all types of music when I was young. My playlist right now consists of Gunna, Future, Jorja Smith, James Blake, Trouble, and Lil Baby.

What are some of the biggest obstacles you’ve encountered or faced in this industry?

The biggest obstacle is the reality of the industry and life. The industry is very similar to a pro sport: it takes a ton of practice and many, many hours before you can take the field.

How would you describe your sound and style?

My style is 100% based off of the artist I am working with at the moment. I like to keep things as original to that artist as I possibly can as if they are in the room speaking through the speakers within the music.

What are some of your goals this year?

To keep learning more within my craft, get more placements with production, and keep adding on to the vibes I have been able to curate over the years!

Who are the top 3 artists, producers, engineers, videographers, or others you would want to work with that you haven’t worked with yet?

The top three people I would love to work with would be Roddy Rich, Future, and Dua Lipa.

What is your creative process like?

My creative process changes from song to song for the most part but if I am working on something that I didn't start I like to hear it raw from inside the session and then break it down.

What’s your favorite go-to order?

Being in Atlanta I would say the go-to studio order is 1 of three things:

1. Wings (Lemon Pepper, Hot)

2. 6Feet Under (Fried Chicken Tacos)

3. Waffle House (All-Star)