The first solo studio album Z-ro has made since the 1990s is a huge success in both form and tone.
The album’s songs are all about Z-Rock’s childhood in Melbourne, and about the importance of music in the city’s social fabric.
“It’s like my second career in music, a musical career,” Z-RO tells host Dan Savage in a new interview.
“I think there’s a huge amount of music that’s going to be missed from Melbourne.
I think it’s one of the reasons why I got into music in my 20s.”
He’s also a fan of early music, even if his first solo record covers some of the territory that Z- Rock has been exploring.
“The whole ’80’s and early ’90s is just so incredible, the music, the way it was written, the musicians that were involved, and I was always really into that time in music,” Z, who now works as a writer and consultant, says.
“You can’t ignore it.
The music was so powerful, so exciting.
I’ve been to a lot of music festivals and I’ve had so many great memories of listening to that music.
I was never really a big music fan growing up, but then I saw it and it made me want to get into it.”
The songstress, who has since returned to her roots as a producer, says she’s always been a huge fan of “music that has such a deep and lasting impact”.
“I love it so much because it’s so emotional, it’s beautiful and it has such power,” she says.
The songwriter, who was raised in Sydney and now lives in Melbourne’s south-east, says there’s no better time to revisit the era of Melbourne’s underground.
“If I could go back to the early 80s, the whole Melbourne music scene, there’s nothing else like it,” she adds.
Z-rock’s first album, The Legend of Z- Roc, came out on December 17, 2018.
Listen to the full interview with Z-rac below.