He says pure song and melody take top priority with him. His musical model from the start has been to be an instrumentalist. So there he will be Saturday with his two bandmates for the night, all playing and no singing.
He's rolled his eyes and sighed more times than he can count to this question: Have you ever thought about adding a singer?
"I want to say, 'Are you kidding me? You think I haven't thought of that?' " he says.
"I sing with my guitar. The guitar is the lead singer in the band. You have to stay true to what you want to do as an artist and performer. It doesn't resonate with me to have a singer."
Fans - including plenty in Europe - don't seem to be complaining.
ZaZa said his bandmates Saturday include a bassist from Nashville and drummer Aurelien Ouzoulias with Morglbl, which also will play Saturday.
"My normal stock band is a bassist and drummer out of Italy," ZaZa said. "Now I'm sort of diversifying. One of the cool things about being a solo artist is you're not tied to the same guys."
He said his sets usually are 90 percent original music, with a few familiar songs thrown in using his own arrangements. For example, he has his own take on Prince's "Purple Rain."
You might also hear a bit of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.
"I try to keep it lively and keep it moving," he said.
Contact writer Monica Orosz at mon...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4830.