A SONIC PELAU BECAUSE I FEEL LIKE THAT DANGEROUS LOVER IN THE BLUES, THE PROFOUND ZENWARRIOR IN JAZZ, THE REVOLUTIONARY ROCK SOUL SISTAH, THE HIGH PRIESTESS OF VOODOO FUNK, ACOUSTIC AT MY CORE AND ROOTS IN MY BLOOD.
Born in East London to Trindadian parents, Zee Gachette is an underground artist that spans genres and dimensions with her expansive talent as a performer, songwriter, musician and producer. Zee has her own label, Muthastar Records, in Brighton (UK) run with her partner, and Muthastar Productions at OH Studios in Lewes.
“A legend in her lifetime” – Diva Magazine
“The lovechild of Jimi Hendrix & Nina Simone” – Il Corriere Della Sera
Her reputation as a live performer spans the globe, with performances on international stages to audiences of up to 250,000 including Bestival, Glastonbury, Womad, Showtime London Olympics, Arezzowave, Roskilde, Villa Ada, Polish Woodstock, Blues Passion, Usada Jazz Festival and more.
“She takes you on a personal, spiritual journey…To experience her intense magic, go and see her live. It’s a mesmerizing and liberating experience” – AAA Music
With a generous capacity to guide, lift and shift energy, Zee takes her audiences into outer space onboard her cosmic spaceship. Her inimitable talent for improvising onstage is simply exhilarating to watch and has given her opportunity to perform with Eric Clapton at The Royal Albert Hall, Nigel Kennedy at the Berlin Philharmonic Festspielhaus, Arthur Brown at The Royal Festival Hall, the Asian Dub Foundation at La Scala and -M- (Matthieu Chedid) at Festival Chorus to name but a few.
“A star is born…the comparisons are wasted” – Il Manifesto
“Zee is the female version of Prince!” – UrbanJazzRadio
She’s no stranger to the world of Fashion and Luxury, Zee’s has performed live for Ralph Lauren, Diesel, Diesel Black Gold, Replay and Babicka Vodka in Russia and Europe, with tracks featured on compilation albums and catwalk shows for Boss and Armani. As well as a host of private shows that have included performances on yachts, in castles, under lighthouses, by the sea, in wine cellars, fans’ gardens and even in a spytower.
“It’s a question of intensity, Zee has a voice that goes straight to the stomach” – Marie Claire
“She kicks everyone else’s ass on stage, there’s no doubt the stage is hers” – Rockerilla
A true musician’s musician, Zee has had many an inspiring collaboration with a multitude of class acts including; Fink, Richie Havens, The Noisettes, Deap Vally, Terry Callier, Eska, Mauro Pagani, Jarek Smietana, Angelique Kidjo, Beverley Knight, Omar, Karimouche, Flavia Coelho, Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra, Meshell Ndegeocello, Youssoo Ndour, Dizraeli, Kal Lavelle, Grace Savage, Johnny Winter, Charlie Winston, John Altman, Shabaka Hutchins, Keziah Jones, Bernard Allison, Alison David, Greg Kofi Brown (Osibisa), Faithless, Cicco Morolla, Jo Harman and beat box champion Shlomo.
“God-gifted talent” – Moscow FM
“Range, power and style, one to watch out for!” – Evening Standard
With a musical career that has produced five albums and an EP: as Z-STAR and SLOWTRAINSOUL, Zee has sold over 3 million in combined compilation sales worldwide (Buddha Bar, Hotel Costes, St Germain Des Pres Cafe, Summertime Blues, ChillOut Sessions, Club Cuts, Trip Hop Anthology, Magnetic Sounds…). Her records have been released by various global labels including VirginEMI, Sony, Wagram, Universal, Playground, Quango and Tommy Boy with music featured in Films, Commercials, Fashion Shows and HBO TV Series (Ugly Betty, CSI, Six Feet Under, Californication, Brothers & Sisters and Entourage). Many SLOWTRAINSOUL high radio replay tracks; In The Black Of Night, Naturally, I Want You To Love Me, Twisted Cupid and Trail Of Dawn have reached every corner of the globe; from restaurants in the Georgian mountains, to beach-side cafes and clubs in the Mediterrean. And with Italian chart successes with her Who Loves Lives album, and again with remixes in partnership with Gabin.
As a songwriter has also written and recorded with Gabin (Slow Dancin Dans La Maison, Life Can Be So Beautiful), Max Sedgely (Slowly, The Devil Inside), Nigel Kennedy (The Four Elements, The New Four Seasons), Sunlight Square (Pastime Paradise), Los Chiccarons (When The Sun Goes Down), Puddu Varano (Blue Sky, White Sand), Shlomo, Sinead O’Connor, Terry Callier (Got To Get It All Straightened Out), Mauro Pagani (The Big Man) and Natascha Atlas (Something Dangerous album).
Every one of Zee’s albums has a unique sound with an eclectic diaspora of songs that reflect her musical journey throughout the years:
“A diamond in amongst the glass beads” – Making Music (Z-STAR, Voodoo Dragon Risin’) | “The follow up to the famous Strange Fruit” – Tutto (Z-STAR, Who Loves Lives) | “Impressive” – Billboard USA (SLOWTRAINSOUL Illegal Cargo – Varano Music) | “If you like Massive Attack, Meshell Ndegeocello or Shirley Bassey’s work with The Propellerheads, you’ll dig STS” – Better Propaganda USA (SLOWTRAINSOUL Santimanitay – Varano Music) | “Sublime…A creative masterpiece” – Blues & Soul (Z-STAR, Masochists & Martyrs) | ” Frankly wonderful! Full of wonder, full of live..creative, seductive, just downright good!” – Louder Than War (Z-STAR, 16 Tons EP)
IN MANY WAYS I FEEL I’VE COME FULL CIRCLE. I STARTED OUT IN PSYCHE BLUES ROCK WITH MY FIRST BAND (MOKO JUMBI), THEN SPENT SOME YEARS EXPLORING MORE ACOUSTIC & ELECTRO VIBES, COLOURS, TEXTURES, IMPROVISATIONS, DISCOVERING THE SOULFUL ROOTSY SIDE OF MYSELF THROUGH Z-STAR AND SLOWTRAINSOUL, ALWAYS TRAVELLING WITH BLUES AT THE CORE, AND THEN AT SOME POINT MAKING THAT SWEET SLOW RETURN TO THE INTENSITY FOR THE NEW Z-STAR ALBUM.
Zee has just produced a stunning jazz album called Fly Me To The Moon by Alison David Jazz Trio, and is currently producing a Rockabilly band called The Wampus Cats, as well as finishing the mixes of the imminent Z-STAR DELTA single releases ‘I Put A Spell On You’ and ‘Sweet Lovin’ Chains’. After which, she’s returning to the production home run for 16 Tons of Love, the forthcoming Z-STAR album (which you can pre-order from PledgeMusic) this summer before heading off to Australian for her third tour in September.