Alex Zayas Band
Calgary International Blues Festival (2014)
Barcelona, Spain's Alex Zayas started playing guitar and singing at age 7. At 18 years old, Alex was recruited by harp bluesman Hook Herrera (Gov't Mule, Alvin Youngblood Hart) with whom he went on to play in top clubs and festivals in Europe.
Three years later Zayas formed his own band Alex TNT, and got a residence in "La Boite", a prominent Barcelona music club, as well as playing in other clubs and festivals in the Barcelona area. As Alex TNT, he has released 3 albums, Walking Your Way (Discmedi, 2001), I Feel the Blues Again (Mas i Mas, 2003) and Alex TNT (Gaztaluzpeko, 2009), all on which he explored different facets of the Blues. He later joined African bassist/vocalist Steve de Swardt's blues band, where he met a key influence in his career, string master Javier Mas (Leonard Cohen, Maria del Mar Bonet, etc). He shared countless nights onstage playing together with them and St. Louis drummer Julian Vaughn (Albert King, B.B. King, Johnny Copeland) at the Jamboree jazz club in Barcelona. During this time he toured in Canada and the US with Cockrell & the Groove and later with his own band. In November of 2006, Alex had the privilege to open for the King of Blues, B.B. King, at the Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis.
After many years on the circuit and being known as Alex TNT, Alex shifted his artistic identity to ZAYAS for the occasion of the release of his new work, Guitarshock (Mitik, 2012), where he underwent a deep self exploration to find a new path through which to forge all of his past and present influences. Guitarshock is Zaya's most mature and electric blend of blues, funk and rock to date.
Alex Zayas has also played with artists such as Larry McCray, Johnny B Gayden, Lynwood Slim, U.P. Wilson (Texas Tornado), Paul Orta, Alvin Youngblood Heart, Mike Wheeler, and Rick Perkins, among others, and has performed throughout Spain, Belgium, Luxemburg, Portugal, Italy, Canada and the USA.