Zach Para, Drummer for City of the Sun
Zach Para is the drummer for Brooklyn based band, City of the Sun. You might have seen him on stage at Brooklyn Steel, The Troubadour, or playing events for brands like Chloe, Vans, and more. If his face is more familiar than his sound, we wouldn’t be surprised if you caught up with him and his bandmates through Billboard Mag articles or various partnerships with Gilt Groupe, Sunglass Hut, or Ilegal Mezcal.
Hailing from Seattle, Zach found his way to NYC via Boston where he graduated from New England Conservatory. Since then, his music has taken him everywhere from Brazil, to Spain, to Indonesia, and back again. He is no stranger to getting creative when it comes to packing a bag meant for 5 different climates, and somehow tends to look good no matter where he steps off a plane.
City of The Sun is one of our favorite bands to include on our playlists (shameless plug to head over to our /Playlist page!) and brings together so much of what we love in global tunes. With a musician on our books, don’t think that we didn’t tap Zach to curate this weeks playlist himself and get his intel on his home city for our Seattle guide.
What are 3 of your favorite hotels?
1. The House – Athens, Greece. Quaint hostel feel with great rooms that are inspired by the Greek Islands. Rooftop with hammocks and plant life that take you away from the bustling city life below. I’m pretty sure you can share rooms, but the private ones are perfect for a few nights going out in Athens.
2. Museum Hotel – Nashville, USA – Who wouldn’t want to walk through a tasteful, modern art museum after a long night out in Nashville? I don’t recall ever getting this two in one deal in my life but now a new standard is set. Rooms are spacious with high ceilings and attractive stone walls. And the fitness center felt like I was walking into a spa.
3. Hotel Unique – São Paulo, Brazil. Stunning modern architecture, amazing views of the city scape, with one of the best rooftop bars/restaurants I’ve seen.
What hotel room design element can you not live without?
Lots of sunlight – the bigger the windows the better.
What are your favorite “offices” while traveling?
My “offices” usually consist of recording studios, stages, and practice rooms, but when I need to get some computer work done, I would say the pool/spa at The Standard Hotel in Miami Beach. Not a bad place to hang with your laptop.
Where would you go for a digital detox or just generally to get off the grid?
Uvita de OSA, Costa Rica or Lake Chelan, Washington. I have family in Costa Rica with a gorgeous AirBnB by the ocean. The gardens are a perfect place to disconnect. Lake Chelan is a special place for me. My dad’s family has had a cabin there for generations. You literally have no cell service unless you head into town – so it forces some peace.
What 3 songs are on your OOO playlist?
Do you have any favorite travel hacks?
When flying, try not choosing your seat. It’s a gamble, but on the right flights they’ll upgrade you simply because they are the only seats left on the plane!
What do you always bring with you in your carry-on?
Sennheiser headphones and a MIDI keyboard.
Have you or would you travel alone? If Y/N, why?
Definitely. I actually traveled to Zakynthos, Greece, solo this past year. It gives you the space to focus on yourself and truly tune out the noise.
Who is your dream “co-pilot” (travel partner- dead or alive), and why?
Anthony Bourdain, hands down.
Travel can be about the little luxuries…like a super amazing cup of coffee or tea. Where was the best one you’ve had?
Xi’an, China at Lubai Farm Wu. It’s a tea farm and I had a cup of freshly dried Pu’er tea straight from the source.
If you could quit your job and follow the “Mamma Mia” dream (ie open a small hotel in a foreign land or on a remote island), where would you do it?
Beach, city, or mountain?
Fantasy mini-bar/fridge item?
Early check-in or late check-out?
Along or with someone else?
Someone else…if I can choose who that someone is.