In a business where music is quickly becoming consolidated and superficial, Zach Fowler is an example that hard work and talent remain consistent and beneficial factors in the ever-changing music industry. A bassist and musician who brings an old-school creative mentality to a new breed of musicians, Zach Fowler is the complete package…a knowledgeable, groove-oriented musician with a deep pocket, amazing technical ability, uncanny stage presence, and a soulful solidity.
Born into a family that had a wide variety of tastes in music, Zach was exposed to countless genres of music growing up, allowing him to attain a natural sense of groove when he first started playing bass in 1996 at the age of 14. Less than a year after picking up the instrument, Zach was playing professionally, and was a standout jazz musician on both electric and upright bass, earning several soloist awards in high school. Today, Zach’s natural groove ability combined with his years of professional study both in the classroom and on the stage make him one of the most in-demand and highly respected bassists, arrangers, composers, and producers in the region.
Zach studied several areas of music throughout high school and college. He was a member of several jazz and classical ensembles at the University of New Mexico, where he earned two music scholarships and graduated with a minor in music. Zach excelled in improvisation and ear training, earning him a place on the nationally recognized University of New Mexico Jazz Orchestra. During his time at UNM, Zach also studied with noted classical bassist Mark Tatum, ex-Maynard Ferguson musical director Glenn Kostur, world-renowned fusion bassist Gary Willis, and solo bassist Trip Wamsley. Zach had the opportunity to perform with legendary jazz artist Benny Golson, along with renowned jazz educators Tim Ishii, Randy Hamm, and Ed Peterson. Additionally, Zach also played in numerous bands and projects of different genres and shared the stage with rock artists like Jimmy Page and The Black Crowes, Skid Row, Quiet Riot, Tribe of Gypsies, Jeff Healey, and many others.
Zach has spent eleven years as bassist and musical director for The James Douglas Show, a pioneering band in the newly classified genre of “new-school funk.” The James Douglas Show’s debut album on Bungalo/Universal records, Garden City Music, has garnered national acclaim thanks in part to two songs written and arranged by Zach Fowler. “Words,” a track that Zach co-wrote with guitarist and producer Pocket (Erykah Badu, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Morris Day and The Time), is The James Douglas Show’s featured single on The After After Party music sampler released by McDonald’s and Coca-Cola in 2008. In addition, Zach was given the “Best Bass Award” by GarageBand.com for his work on the live version of “Forever.” Three other songs from the band, “Baby I Know,” “Garden City,” and “Would You” (which Zach arranged for the album) continue in heavy rotation on syndicated radio nationwide. In November of 2008, The JDS released The New Black via iTunes, Amazon, and Rhapsody. “Downtown Playground,” a song that Zach composed for the album, became the third most downloaded song in the band’s history, as well as the theme song for "The After After Party with Steven Michael Quezada," a regional late-night talk show. In 2009, The New Black was put on the official Grammy ballot as a consideration for seven Grammy nominations in six categories including Best New Artist.
As a session and studio bassist, Zach has worked with some of the biggest producers and artists in the business, including recent projects with Marc M. Doc Williams (the producer behind the hits “Runaway” by Janet Jackson, “Take A Bow” by Madonna, and Top 40 hits by Mint Condition, Sounds of Blackness, CeCe Peniston, and many others), Hector Delgado (Jamie Foxx, Busta Rhymes, Eminem, Andre Crouch, Angie Stone, D12, and many others), and Mike Cee (Jennifer Lopez, Wendy and Lisa, Mystikal, Baby Bash, and many others). Zach’s recent work also includes Japan's #1-selling pop artist B. Howard, renown vocalist and vocal coach from “The Voice” Romeo Johnson, Universal Japan recording artist Davion Farris, "So You Think You Can Dance" alumnus Kamilah Barrett, award-winning folk trio hONEyhoUSe, and countless others. Zach has also shared the stage with The Whispers, Debbie Smith, Stokley Williams (from Mint Condition), and many others.
In 2014, Zach relocated to Music City, Nashville, TN. In his first four months in Nashville, Zach performed with two major label artists, Dean Alexander and Josh Thompson (Warner Music Nashville and Show Dog Universal respectively), the son of two country music legends (Jesse Keith Whitley, son of Keith Whitley and Lorrie Morgan), been the host bass player for the legendary All Pro Jam at Fiddle and Steel Guitar Bar, performed on Nashville's Broadway strip, and become one of the most respected and in-demand bass players in Nashville's highly-competitive music industry.
Zach Fowler uses and exclusively endorses Carvin Guitars and Basses, Gallien-Krueger Amplification, Darkglass Electronics, Westone Music Products, Lectrosonics Inc., NS Design, Reunion Blues Gig Bags, D'Addario Strings/Planet Waves, and Radial Engineering.
Electric and upright bassist, musical director, composer, producer, and musician. Available for studio sessions, live performances, tours, clinics, lessons, and consultations. Able to read music and sight read. Solid groove ability, but with ability to impress as a soloist.