Of “better off,” Zucker says, “I spent a whole week up in rural Connecticut at a studio that was built inside of an old carriage house. The last day I was there, Chelsea came up to write some new music with me and my best friend. I just remember Chelsea sitting down and playing this beautiful acoustic riff; I asked her what it was, and she responded, “I don’t know, I just came up with it.” For the next three hours, we wrote nonstop, cut vocals and passed out in the studio. I stayed up until sunrise finishing the production, and then Chelsea added those beautiful piano hits you can hear at the end of the track. The song probably took us 16 hours start to finish—it was one of the most organic, beautiful sessions I’ve ever done, and I’m so excited about how the song came out.”
Before entrancing listeners across the world, 21-year-old singer, songwriter and producer Jeremy Zucker had been quietly carving out his distinct sound from a bedroom in suburban New Jersey. A self-described “social introvert,” Zucker cites Jon Bellion, blackbear, EDEN, Bon Iver and Wet among his strongest influences. In the summer of 2015, Zucker released his first official EP titled Beach Island. The project saw a small amount of success, and from there Zucker steadily began to build a dedicated fan base.
Later that year, he released a stream of singles that would eventually be packaged together as an EP titled Breathe. The project’s breakout single “Bout It” quickly garnered millions of streams as it organically spread across Soundcloud and Spotify, drawing the attention of curators and fans across the world. In 2016, Zucker released his third EP, Motions, which features “Heavy,” a song that was later remixed by the recording artist blackbear who reached out to Jeremy after stumbling across his music on Soundcloud. The remix, “Make Daddy Proud,” was released on blackbear’s latest LP Digital Druglord. In 2017, Zucker was signed with Republic Records and released his third EP, idle. The EP features his breakout hit, “talk is overrated” (feat. blackbear), which has over 14 million Spotify streams to date. Further music is set for release this spring.
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