Regardless of how far we look back, there is no denying that music is one of the most powerful and moving things of all. Its universally agreed, accepted, and celebrated. Music is loved not just because of its rhythm and melody, but because it is an eloquent form of expression. Those who listen and those who create music are somehow expressing themselves through the lyrics and the sounds.

Over the course of time, there have been several artists, each creating something new and unique, giving the world something glorious to enjoy. The Beatles, Nirvana, Guns ‘n’ Roses, Back Street Boys, every music artist blessed the world with something utterly amazing. Not to forget that there are so many artists who created extraordinary music but lost their recognition due to their disbandment. And what better trio to remember than the iconic Zarbo.

Formed in the early 80s, Zarbo started off with three talented musicians- Alex Zarbo, the lead vocalist bassist, Derek Sharp, the guitarist, and Greg Anzlec, the drummer. The trio was together for quite a while, and they released an album and a single before they got disbanded in the late 1908s. As most might think that there won’t be new music from Zarbo, the band has reunited to prove everyone wrong and instead, given the world new music to listen and bob their heads to.


The story of how Zarbo came into being is not an ordinary tale; it is a twist of fate. Alexander Zarbo and Derek Sharp wouldn’t have met each other if they hadn’t performed at the same venue.

Before the iconic trio was formed, Alex and Dererk were both part of separate bands. Alex was the lead vocalist and bassist of the headlining act , Penguin, while Derek was part of a warm-up band called Lerxt, serving as the guitarist frontman. It was not until the concert was over that Alexander and Derek met and talked, reaching the decision to leave their respective bands and instead, form a band together.

Of course, at the time the band had a lead vocalist bassist and a guitarist, the only blank space was that of a drummer. Greg Anzlec was Derek Sharp’s friend, and he agreed on joining them, thus filling the spot of a drummer. And that is how Zarbo was formed.

Immediately, the band started working on creating songs together; Alex took charge of the band while Greg and Derek added rhythm and beats with their exceptional skills.

Besides hitting renowned music venues like El Mocambo, Branko’s, Cameo Lounge (Hotel Isabella), Larry’s Hideaway, Horseshoe Tavern, the band had also begun practicing and polishing their music skills in Derek Sharp’s basement. Their music gained a significant amount of attention from everyone across the city, hence, motivating the band to make more music.

Zarbo began working on their first L.P. They spent a total of 18 hours in the studio recording eight songs, live off the floor, and mixed the entire album after. The album was released in 1985 under the name “A-Z Collection.” Early during the following year, the band released its 45 R.P.M. single “Get Up and Dance.” The single received accolades and moderate airplay on radio stations like CHUM FM and its’ subsidiaries.

Not long after the single was released, the band had begun working on their second album, but before it could be released, they disbanded. Moreover, a few tracks off the first album were also left unreleased when the trio parted their ways.

Today, almost 34 years later, the band has decided to work on and release more songs. Alex Zarbo decided to add hints to the new music genres in their songs.

As promised, all the songs of their 8-song LP, ‘A-Z Collection’ have been re-released in 2020 with the exception of “Oh Momentum”. It is scheduled to be re-released within the next few months. These songs in their updated and remastered state are getting plenty of exposure on all the world streaming services such as Spotify and YouTube and plenty of others.

Zarbo has also launched their ZarboVEVO channel with a cleverly produced hybrid version video of their hit single ‘Get Up and Dance’ which blends the 80’s version smoothly into this year’s EDM version.

With the release of Zarbo’s electro remix version of Get Up and Dance on July 24, 2020, comes the radio airplay success into Top40 charts placing 40th position on week of October 2, 2020 according to STS (Spins Tracking System). An electro remix of the song “Correction In Direction” is also scheduled for release on November 26, 2020 as a follow-up to the successful “Get Up and Dance (Electro Remix)”.

And even though this reunion might not have the original members of the band, Alexander Zarbo will be announcing an entirely new line-up for the band soon as well as tour dates including intimate venues for the band in late 2021!! Stay tuned for new updates!

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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