A graduate of RAC Montreal in 2006, Zachary Monson’s whole life has been made of music: from his humble beginnings as a solo acoustic guitarist, to his ever-growing passion for electronic dance music that crumbles club floors. He grew up playing violin, guitar and piano in a household filled with the music of Stevie Wonder, Fleetwood Mac and Boz Scaggs.
Zac has a degree in Sound Engineering and owns a recording studio in Montreal where he writes music for television, film and commercial projects. Zac is also the international content manager for electronic music at Stingray Music, as well as the creator and host of his own show PausePlay, pandering to an audience of over 140 million.
Zac is always looking for new artists and music styles to broaden his horizons. His library of favourite music is constantly changing, but some of his favourite artists at the moment include Rudimental, Kidnap Kid, Adventure Club, Richard Beynon, Bobby Tank, Disclosure, Bondax, Deadmau5, Paul Simon and Tchami.
"One morning I woke up, I had this epiphany, you know, go to Montreal, go to this school, RAC, learn sound. It was obvious to me I was going to love it. And when I got to Montreal I just discovered an amazing community of musicians, artistic festivals, just, non-stop opportunity everywhere. I discovered that a lot of people come here to pursue their dreams and a lot of people make them reality. What you need is connections that will last. Maybe opportunities don't present themselves right away but as you build those relationships, it opens up doors in sometimes the least expected of places."
"I went home...and I said to my mom, 'I'm quitting nursing and I'm going into music!' I've been here for twelve months and I graduate tomorrow. Tomorrow is my graduation day and I already have a professional paid job lined up! Pretty amazing! Biggest advise I can give you is this: go to the place you want to study at and visit it. When you're in the environment, you'll know if it feels right."
"I came to visit RAC and I really liked the vibe, the interaction that I could see between the students and the teachers, I was very impressed by the knowledge that seemed to be there."
Roxanne's musical journey started when she picked up the guitar for the first time at age 14. An avid Beatles fan, she hasn't put the guitar down since. The singer-songwriter has released 4 albums to date; "The Way It Feels" (2006, Alert Music) was produced by Colin Linden, nominated for a Juno and features appearances by John Hiatt, Daniel Lanois, and Bruce Cockburn.