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Z-STAR / Press

“Next up was the much anticipated Z-Star. Within seconds, it was apparent comparisons between Zee Gachette and Jimi Hendrix, Prince and Nina Simone were no exaggeration. The sheer energy of her rock guitar, channelling The Who and Led Zeppelin, and the passion and power in her voice blew the audience away, culminating in an unforgettable finale of Black Betty”

“The feedback we have received from the festival audience has been positively phenomenal. Zee’s high energy raw stage performance at the opening concert for the festival blew the many thousands of Canberrans away. Zee’s incredible presence on stage, her raw sound and brilliant voice pushed to its limits, ensured everyone at the festival remained mesmerised.”

Multicultural Festival, Canberra

“Rolling Stone Magazine have proclaimed z-star as having the new sound of heavy soul and rock ‘n roll, and we can’t help but agree. They’re the band who seemed to sip the “emerging” status and jump straight to bigger things.”

"Literally the best show we have ever had here...in 20 years"

"Blenheim was a blast!!! Such an amazing performance - mesmerizing, electrifying, Zee you are a world class act. Thank you so much for sharing your music and yourself with the world."

Julia Elsbeth - Australian Fan Review

"Z-STAR just simply tore the stage apart with their incredible musicianship & hi-octane performance. If they had delivered any more energy the stage would have exploded. Zee Gachette you were born a star and your trajectory is rising BAM!"

Dush Kumar - Blenheim Music Festival - Australia

"Zee is the female version of Prince! I've been looking for such an artist for many years and then it came, in the form of Z-STAR...I don't know about you but I'm getting on that train, they need to be not only heard but seen to be believed. They need to be on a world stage. Period."

Wayne Boucard - Black in 3D | Urban Jazz Radio - UK

"Une presence sur scene indeniable...cette bombe bleue dans le cadre d'un blues contemporain survitamine"

Serge Sabate - Docteur Blues Magazine - FR

"A new blues star of the future...Zee held the audience spellbound from the moment she exploded onto the stage, with her own loud, raw and rootsy take on the blues....Adventurous, eclectic and unique"

Sarah Reeves - Classic Rock, The Blues Magazine

"A heavenly sonarscape of dynamic intensity....Z-STAR transcend the decades and sit perfectly in the category of great music"

ProRockProMetal - UK

"Charismatic front woman oozed vintage soul with her deep-heated vocals and sexy funk person drawing in an audience with a swagger straight out the school of James Brown...their passionate and energetic live show at Dingwalls was a great advert for an era known by all as 'real music'"

Darren Ezekiel - Deviate Magazine - UK

"I heard so many sounds and influences in the music, from Hendrix and The Who, to Canned Heat and Queens of the Stone age, but couldn't pin anything down, it was your sound....For me, no one has ever been able to compare with the late Jim Morrison's unique words, performance and music, but Zee - you are the next Jim Morrison and the 21st Century Doors."

Gary Newland - Music Worldwide - UK

"I've seen many groups from Iggy Pop, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, The Clash, Joy Division, Banshees, Ramones and Z-STAR are among the best of them and in many ways. Zee is a performer that out shines them for sheer passion and commitment, that voice, it's hard to communicate, it's a life force that exhilarates! Simply amazing."

Jim Carroll - Fan - UK

"A force of nature"

Jimmy Page - Led Zeppelin

““If Jimi Hendrix and Nina Simone were to have had a daughter together, she would probably have grown up with the same voice, the same strength, anger, intensity and charisma as Zee”.”


““A star is born - the comparisons are wasted. Female Jimi Hendrix, the edge of Grace Jones, the musicality of Joan Armatrading and the voice inspired by Nina Simone. We’re talking about Zee....extraordinary voice”.”


““A phenomenon to keep an eye on, seen as Zee (Z-STAR), in addition to possessing a voice that makes your hair stand on end, is an amazing guitarist and has the musical talent that enables her to mix the originality of jazz, soul, R&B, urban and folk. Not to be missed.””


““A dirty and delicate acoustic...Zee's voice brings to mind that of Janis Joplin in “Me and Bobby Mcgee”, the track in question is “Evergreen” and its impossible not be moved by it. Its recommended to be listened in absolute silence and by candle light”.”


““There are no musical limits to Z-STAR, what’s important is that (they) play old school. With real instruments, with love and the passion that punches the stomach and heart of those that listen. Zee is this, take her or leave her, androgynous sensuality and a virtuoso, chameleon uvula...its difficult and limiting to define the talent of Zee, but try to imagine an artist with the spirit of Terry Callier and Lou Bond, the song-writing of Tracy Chapman, the sensuality of Sade and the eclecticism of Grace Slick.””


““I listened, devoured, consumed Masochists&Martyrs, always surprising myself more and more by the sweet violence, the sensuality of this album...The soul rock voice explodes in passion, that perfection which has compared it to calibre of names such as Sade or Tracy Chapman. Elegant, raw, full of life, of experience. Innocent and vicious, extreme and minimal, this album is a birth, a passage. It’s an album that should be looked at with eyes open and greedy.””


"A powerful expressive charisma"


““An incredibly rich album strained, suffered and profound that leans on her strength in a heavenly mix of nu-jazz, soul urban, RnB and folk ballad...An exponential growth of a discovered soul...You will find Zee on the maps of the great stars, consult the index which goes from A to Z-Star, she’ll be there.””


““One of the most intriguing and personal female voices, she’s brilliant”.”


"She is the kind of artist that shines live. Her points of strength are beautiful songs, lots of energy and a velvet voice which is capable of gripping you. She kicks everyone else’s asses on the stage – there’s no doubt - the stage is hers…"


"Her singing has this haunting jazzy/blues thing that goes back decades, before our generation even"

Better Propaganda

"Outstanding talent and phenomenal live performer whose every note and nuance is drawn from the deepest well of sincerity"

Radio Reverb



“Good as our local scene is, sometimes we need to be reminded just how high the bar can be set by international artists, and such was the case when Z-STAR played an invite only album launch in the garden of the intimate Marwood Cafe. With great songs and a super tight Italian/Brazilian band, new Brighton resident Zee deployed both uninhibited showmanship and a genre defying musicality in her compelling set. If at times her music brought to mind the likes of Hendrix, MeShell, Lewis Taylor, Armatrading and more, at the end of the day she was simply her unique self...Catch her when you can. Marwood Cafe 5/5”

““(Zee) dominates the stage like the lead of a west end musical, a ring-leader, guitar slung round her neck like another limb…‘Hello Stranger’ is a perfect example of how her voice handles the deeper, velvet tones of singers like Ella Fitzgerald...There is a sense of togetherness amongst the audience so rare in larger venues…To my knowledge, nobody has ever moved Cargo like this before.””

"Magnetism, energy and spontaneity enable her to establish a tremendous relationship with her audience.”


"Tree of Life is like Sade meets Prince - absolute genius"

Vincent Versher

"Range, power and style a soul jazz diva to watch out for.”

John L.Walters - THE GUARDIAN

““It’s crystal clear. Z-STAR is pure God-gifted talent””

"The British voice of soul...The first striking element is the voice. Sensuous, strong, charismatic and powerful like Tracy Chapman’s"


"An artist at the peak of her powers, a record (Who Loves Lives, EMI) that could be thought of as the follow up to the famous Strange Fruit"


"(Zee) has a unique personality which is identifiable among thousands"


“Their destiny is in the name: star of love and spiritual power, sent to open the hearts of free and sensitive people…chant of joy, freedom and love…””

Alice Gentilucci - VOGUE ITALIA



"Z-STAR is a trip! Zee is taking music back to the future with a retro style of performing songs that will usher in a musical utopia. The reports of the music's demise have been greatly exaggerated. Z-STAR is single handedly performing CPR on the industry. Every once in a while you run across a person with a spirit that is so special that you want to help them succeed, because helping them succeed will help the collective...She is one of the missing pieces that will take indie music to another level"

“Her songs exude a classy elegance that catches your ear. Her jazz melodies are a soothing musical option for a rainy afternoon. Evergreen beckons memories of The Band.”

"Zee has a real drive inherent only to really gifted people, an impetuous energy multiplied by the top-most musical skill. If this performance might be characterized in some way I would say that she flashed by like a sweeping whirlwind without leaving! At the end, the promotion disks were like hot cakes flew off in a moment. The gifted young lady was not also hesitant to hold an autograph session. All in all we present our great thanks to the Z-STAR that they stayed with us in Moscow. Will be waiting for you once again!"