July 2022, Zack had the pleasure of playing on the main stage in Ottawa with Sophia Radisch, at the RBC Bluesfest, opening for Alanis Morisette. (Pictured on the right). He got called for the role of lead guitar player. Sophia's music had the spirit of Rock n' Roll, plenty of energy & some killer solos in each song. It was time to shine! Their performance was a success which led to another.
In September, they rocked the stage again at the CityFolk Festival in Ottawa opening for The Glorious Sons.
He started this musical journey when his parents first presented him with a guitar to explore what the muses had to offer him, yet to no avail. Flash forward eight years, Zack first hears Metallica’s Master of Puppets. The opening pulled him into a rabbit hole. He was hooked. As the years progressed his age wasn’t the only aspect of his life that continued to change: his taste in music also did. Guitarists like Slash from Guns N’ Roses and Joe Perry from Aerosmith become huge influences within classic and hard rock. Soon Zack was drawn heavily to the genre of blues since there was always an undertone, a hint inside metal, rock, and hip-hop to name a few. That’s where his love for SRV’s style came into the mix.
"Being on stage feels like home to me. It just feels right. It sets my soul on Fire. I knew I wanted to be on a big stage since I was a kid."
- Zack Sarkissian -
While Rock n Roll & The Blues are his main musical influences, let's not forget the impact
his Armenian heritage had on him during his childhood. His parents would often be listening to Arabic & Greek music as well, even though he might not have understood the words, the rhythm & melodies were received. You can also catch him listening to plenty of other styles such as Reggae, R&B, Classical. When in the studio, he draws from all of his influences to create new and unique blend of styles.