New Music: Zach Romanoff

By: Wil Whalen
5.1.2011

Portland, Maine’s native son Zach Romanoff is ready to rock your world. He’s been a staple in Portland’s music scene since he was a teenager, played in rock, metal and even Goth bands, but now he’s on his own with a new sound that fits right into today’s music landscape. His EP Love Emergency is a pop album through and through. Though his musical inspirations range from Neil Young to Justin Timberlake, it was the latter along with, Maroon 5 and Rihanna that inspired the sound for Love Emergency.

Romanoff’s lyrics are universal because he wants his music to appeal to everyone, but he certainly has an affinity for the gay community. To say that Romanoff is "straight but not narrow" is an understatement. He may be one of the gay community’s greatest straight allies.  

I asked him why he thought gay marriage is so important and he replied, “Because I want my sister-in-law to be able to get married; and not just her, but I want all my friends to be able to get married. When so many celebrities and straight people are abusing the sanctity of marriage it would be refreshing to see people get married because they’re actually in love. If anything, I think legalizing same sex marriage would help restore the sanctity of because marriage should only and ever be about love.” 

Romanoff recorded Love Emergency in Toronto with Mladen Alexander (John Mayer, Macy Gray, Joss Stone), and it might just be the perfect pop CD. His lyrics are conversational, his music is catchy and his voice is one you won’t forget. He’s still searching for that elusive record/development deal and he’s still writing music and playing out. And now that Romanoff and his wife are raising a baby boy, becoming successful is more important than ever. 

“I want to be able to provide for my family, but I also want to do so by doing what I love the most, and that’s making music.” 

Listen below, follow Romanoff on MySpace, then buy Love Emergency on iTunes.

Words by Wil Whalen

Portland, Zach Maine’s native son Zach Romanoff is ready to rock your world. He’s been a staple in Portland’s music scene since he was a teenager, played in rock, metal and even Goth bands, but now he’s on his own with a new sound that fits right into today’s music landscape. His EP Love Emergency is a pop album through and through. Though his musical inspirations range from Neil Young to Justin Timberlake, it was the latter along with, Maroon 5 and Rihanna that inspired the sound for Love Emergency.

Romanoff’s lyrics are universal because he wants his music to appeal to everyone, but he certainly has an affinity for the gay community. To say that Romanoff is "straight but not narrow" is an understatement. He may be one of the gay community’s greatest straight allies.  

I asked him why he thought gay marriage is so important and he replied, “Because I want my sister-in-law to be able to get married; and not just her, but I want all my friends to be able to get married. When so many celebrities and straight people are abusing the sanctity of marriage it would be refreshing to see people get married because they’re actually in love. If anything, I think legalizing same sex marriage would help restore the sanctity of because marriage should only and ever be about love.” 

Romanoff recorded Love Emergency in Toronto with Mladen Alexander (John Mayer, Macy Gray, Joss Stone), and it might just be the perfect pop CD. His lyrics are conversational, his music is catchy and his voice is one you won’t forget. He’s still searching for that elusive record/development deal and he’s still writing music and playing out. And now that Romanoff and his wife are raising a baby boy, becoming successful is more important than ever. 

“I want to be able to provide for my family, but I also want to do so by doing what I love the most, and that’s making music.” 

Listen below, follow Romanoff on MySpace, then buy Love Emergency on iTunes.

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