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Exclusive: Artist Zachary Campos’ single ‘Trial’ comprises of an eclectic Mix of Musical Influences

Zachary Campos

In the haunting echoes of Franz Kafka’s “The Trial,” a narrative unfolds not on the grim pages of existential dread, but within the vibrant beats and chords of a revolutionary song titled “Trial.” This track is the brainchild of Zachary Campos deeply moved by Kafka’s unsettling exploration of absurdity and injustice. The protagonist, Josef K., serves as the muse for this profound musical endeavor. Arrested without cause on his thirtieth birthday, Josef’s plight mirrors not just Kafka’s narrative but also resonates with the real-life trials of formidable figures like John F. Kennedy, Muhammad Ali, and Martin Luther King Jr.—heroes who stood undaunted against the winds of injustice.

The conception of “Trial” was not an isolated spark but a fire ignited by an eclectic mix of musical influences. Albums such as The Beatles’ “Revolver” with its experimental edge, Kendrick Lamar’s “Damn” which boldly addresses poignant social themes, and the rhythmic storytelling in DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince’s “He’s The DJ, I’m The Rapper,” all play a part in shaping the sound and soul of “Trial.” These albums, alongside Breeze’s “The Young Son Of No One” and The D.O.C.’s “No One Can Do It Better,” provided a backdrop of diverse musical landscapes that inspired creativity and courage.

Recorded at Kingdom Voice Productions in Santa Clara, California, “Trial” was crafted under the expert production of Tim J. Abbott. The track is a daring departure from the usual, blending old school hip-hop with new wave elements, manifesting a sound that is as unsettling as it is captivating. The use of an overdriven guitar riffs through the melody, backed by a Paul McCartney-inspired smooth bass line, a soft rock drum beat, and the clarity of double-tracked vocals. Each element is meticulously woven together to not just entertain but provoke thought, stir emotion, and inspire action.

“Trial” stands as a masterpiece, not merely for its innovative sound but for its ability to encapsulate the essence of resistance against societal absurdities. It is more than a song; it is a declaration, a musical uprising against the silent acquiescence to injustice, much like the battles fought by the iconic figures it echoes. Through “Trial,” the artist does not only pay homage to Kafka and the heroes who inspire him but also to the power of music as a form of true, unapologetic expression.

Zachary Campos is the composer and lyricist, Tim J Abbott is the producer, Santiago Diaz created the artwork, Paul García managed video production, and Monique Lucero provided inspiration.

About the artist: Zachary Campos is an MC, singer, and songwriter from San Jose, California. His music is a unique combination of old-school hip-hop from the 1980s, classic punk rock from the 1970s, and indie rock from the 2000s. Zachary has refined his skills while delighting a variety of audiences by performing at assisted living facilities and wineries for a living. His music is genuine and accessible, drawing from his environment and life experiences. He extends an invitation to his listeners to accompany him on a resilient and self-discovering journey with every song, one moving verse at a time.

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