Rising Star Zak Abel Delivers Emotive One-Shot Video For New Single ‘What Love Is’
Directed by Dumi Siwo (Anne-Marie, Ella Henderson, Bree-Runway, Tom Grennan)
EU / UK Headline Tour 2023
Plays London’s Brixton Electric – May 23rd
Zak Abel, currently putting the finishing touches to his forthcoming album for new label BMG, today unveils the fantastically emotive one-shot video for his recently released new single ‘What Love Is’ – watch here.
The video, that sees Zak perform a one-shot take to camera, radiates the emotion and soul-baring that is so lyrically woven throughout the song, and is directed by Dumi Siwo (Anne-Marie, Ella Henderson, Bree-Runway, Tom Grennan).
Laced with soul and funk, ‘What Love Is’ rings in a new musical era for Zak Abel. Lyrically laying bare the 27-year-old’s vulnerabilities, the track was co-written with Brendan Grieve (Sam Smith) & long-time collaborator Connor Blake (Dermot Kennedy), with Zak laying down vocals in the confines of his South West London bedroom. Nathan Duvall of Disciples (Calvin Harris) heads up the production, and it was mixed by Mark Ralph(Years & Years, Becky Hill, Rudimental).
Zak explains; “The song is about trying, even though you’ve been hurt before, or let down and your confidence may be a little bit low, putting yourself out there to try and find love – whatever that means for you.”
The track also arrives ahead of Zak’s big UK & EU headline tour that kicks off in Stockholm at the end of April, and will also see a date in the capital on May 23rd at Brixton Electric – tickets here.
London born, this British singer songwriter first rose to fame after providing guest vocals on Gorgon City’s UK Top 20 hit single ‘Unmissable’. He is a singular talent who writes and sings. Everything he has done so far has been building towards today.
Penning his own songs as a 14-year-old and uploading videos of his work to YouTube, it eventually led to him signing a record deal with Atlantic in 2014 and meeting influential music producer, Joker. He then released a four-track EP in 2015, and collaborated with Tom Misch & Kaytranada, setting him up perfectly for the release of his 2017 debut album, Only When We’re Naked.
Widely respected as a songwriter, he’s written hit records for Kygo, Avicii, R3hab & ZAYN.
Zak is an Ambassador for mental health charity CALM and speaks openly about issues surrounding this topic as well as channelling themes of identity and mental struggle into his lyrics.
Sat 29th Stockholm, Nalen Klubb – Sweden
Sun 30th Oslo, Vulkan – Norway
Wed 3rd Copenhagen, Pumpehuset – Denmark
Fri 5th Hamburg, Kent – Germany
Sat 6th Berlin, Hole44 – Germany
Mon 8th Warsaw, Hydrozagadka – Poland
Tue 9th Prague, Palac Akropolis – Czech Republic
Wed 10th Vienna, Flex – Austria
Fri 12th Milan, Fabrique – Italy
Sun 14th Zurich, Plaza – Switzerland
Tue 16th Paris, La Maroquinerie – France
Thu 18th Amsterdam, Paradiso – Netherlands
Fri 19th Cologne, Luxor – Germany
Sun 21st Antwerp, Trix – Belgium
Tue 23rd London, Brixton Electric
Wed 24th Bristol, Trinity
Thu 25th Brighton, Chalk
Sat 27th Birmingham, O2 Institute 2
Sun 28th Manchester, Gorilla
Mon 29th Leeds, Brudenell
Wed 31st Glasgow, Oran Mor
Thu 1st Aberdeen, Lemon Tree
Sat 3rd Dublin, Opium – Ireland