Kezar is lighting up the darkness with his feel-good, soul-spiked pop tunes.
With a background in jazz and cabaret, the San Francisco native was inspired to start writing his own music after the death of a close friend, and in the time since has focused on penning uplifting songs that spark joy, helping listeners to forget their troubles and to simply just have fun, if only for a moment.
Kezar just dropped his debut single “(Tell Me) It’s Not Love,” a glistening jam that marks his official entry into the pop world and one that will leave everyone who hits play wanting more. He talked to Musical Notes Global all about the track, where he finds his inspiration, and more. Check out the questionnaire-style interview below.
For those of you who don't know me, Kezar is the new pop project of San Francisco-based singer-songwriter Jack Mosbacher (that’s me!).
Here's the scoop on my new single "(Tell Me) It's Not Love”: This is the first release of an entirely new genre and sound for me, so it’s terrifying and super exciting. Written with Andrew Tinker and K-Kov, it’s a song about that feeling when you meet somebody and know almost immediately: “Oh no, you’re going to rock my entire world.” But beyond that, it’s the first true pop record I’ve ever made, and I’m pretty sure that just for that, it will always be near and dear to my heart.
To me, this song represents a new phase in my journey as an artist and a human. It’s a big leap sonically, but it still feels very true to who I am and why I make music: to make people dance and sing and overall to try to inject a little bit of light and joy into the world.
I'm excited about the release because it shows an entirely new side of who I am - a side that developed listening to pop radio in the 90s and hip hop in the 2000s with a backbone of the Motown records I absolutely devoured as a kid.
I hope listeners who haven’t heard me before feel a connection to my music and those who have been with me from the beginning still hear my distinct voice in this new genre.
I find my greatest inspiration in my family. They are awesome.
You might be surprised, but my hidden talent is that I’m a huge nerd. I’m very invested in public policy and human rights activism; I studied international development in college and have had writing and research published in books, Foreign Affairs, The Washington Quarterly, and The Los Angeles Times.
Here are a few songs I have on my playlist right now: “Bad Behavior” by Will Dailey, “Hot Damn!” by The Shadowboxers, “Brooklyn In The Summer” by Aloe Blacc.
My biggest goal for 2019 is to reach as many ears as I can through Kezar!
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