“Five Minutes With” Local Singer, Songwriter and Producer Zacarias

Calgary neo-soul singer-songwriter and producer Zacarias is unafraid to show his vulnerability on his sleeves. Getting to the sad core of various matters of the heart, Zacarias’ smooth grooves were born from the dark soul of Daniel Caesar and alternative R&B world of Frank Ocean. Since 2019, he’s quietly released 18 singles on SoundCloud, culminating in two separate releases: 2019 debut LP, Manilaman, which hit the No. 1 spot on the CJSW chart; and 2020 EP, ISO, another collection of easy-on-the-ears, head-bobbing slow jams.

A restless producer, look for more singles and collaborations soon.


Name: Zacarias

Genre: Neo-soul/R&B

Founded: 2019

# of Albums: 1 LP, 1 EP

Latest Release: I released an EP in 2020 called, ISO

Latest Single:Why Did You?

Latest Video:

Favourite Local Restaurant:

Blue Star Diner

Favourite band as a teenager:

I’m torn between John Mayer Trio and Coldplay.

Favourite band now:

Definitely the Robert Glasper Experiment.

Guilty Pleasure Song:

Sometimes it’s “Sweet Surrender” by Sarah McLachlan, sometimes it’s “Dog Years” by Maggie Rogers.

Live Show Ritual:

Five minutes before showtime, I ask the band to meet me on stage while I spend that time meditating alone. Once that time passes, I walk right onto the stage.

Favourite local artist:

Rabino is just awesome. Also, Joanna Borromeo.

Nose Hill or Fish Creek??

Nose Hill

EP or LP?


Early bird or night owl?

Night owl

Road or studio?

Studio. It’s my home. I would probably live in one if I could.

Where can we follow you?

On Instagram and Twitter, you can follow me @zacarias4real. Everywhere else, follow me @imzacarias.

Any shows or albums coming up?

I’m working on collaborations with Italian DJ Digma, hip hop artist A.Y.E., and Filipino Canadian MC Twizzie Ramos. I am also planning something special in 2021. More details on that coming soon!