On YouTube, there’s a video of Jeremy Zucker ’18 sitting in a small, white room holding a guitar and looking into the camera.
“Hello everybody. Now we’re coming in. 500, 600, 700, 800 people. Sick. What’s up? A thousand people … in the chat. Let’s go! 1,100. Hmmm. Okay, I’m gonna start. We got 1,200. My name is Jeremy Zucker. I’m a songwriter, producer, artist, singer.”
For the next 35 minutes, he plays songs. Afterward, he says, “Thank you for your love and support. Hopefully I’ll get to meet all 318,000 of you.” Zucker looks surprised by that final number. His face and words betray his humility as he says, “I’m taking another screenshot of this.”
Zucker could easily add the words wildly successful before the word artist. At the end of the video, he looks awestruck and grateful.
He’ll begin a world tour in March 2022 and likely will meet some of those 318,000 folks. He returned to Colorado for a show in Denver in November 2021. “I always love coming back to Colorado,” he says.
At Colorado College, you wouldn’t have pegged the pre-med major for a musician.
But long before he began his molecular biology studies, Zucker, 25, was falling in love, albeit slowly, with his first love. “I got into music at about 6-years-old with lessons. I remember hating it.”
After his first lesson, he recalls writing a little piano ditty and showing it to his teacher, who gently told him that he hadn’t written “a real song.”
“Ever since then I’ve felt a strong urge to prove myself with music,” Zucker says.
Mission accomplished. Zucker’s music, which he dubs “alt/ indie-pop,” has garnered millions of streams.
Zucker admits he never considered music as a viable career path. “That’s why I decided to study molecular biology. I’ve always said that science is my interest and music is my passion. And no matter how many hours I was studying, I always found my way to my makeshift studio in the basement of Mathias.”
He adds that he believes the Block Plan improved his work ethic. “I’ve always struggled with multitasking and time management; I generally work the best when I’m able to hyper-focus on individual tasks.”
His advice for today’s students: “Trust your gut. At the end of the day, art is an expression of subjective human experience.”