Welcome back to Takeover Tuesday, where each week, Billboard taps chart-topping artists and tastemakers to compile their very own playlist exclusive to Billboard’s Spotify account. We give the artists free rein to base the list on whatever subject they choose. The only rule? Make it as creative and unique to them as possible.
Jeremy Zucker has already had a big year. He released two EPs (glisten and summer), toured with Lauv, completed his first U.S. headlining tour, performed at the Firefly Music Festival, and on top of it all… graduated from college.
This is all just the beginning for Zucker. With six EPs under his belt, the 22-year-old-singer-songwriter/producer, is fusing together pop, indie and electronic elements to create his thoughtful, multilayered music.
Fresh off of his Anything, Anywhere Tour, which wrapped on Oct. 25 New York’s Bowery Ballroom, the “all the kids are depressed” singer has shared the songs that both inspire and reflect the soft, introspective vibe of the music he creates. Just like Zucker’s music, these songs are musings on changing relationships, the fluidity of love and even our quiet fears.
“These songs save me on a daily basis,” Zucker tells Billboard. “No matter where I’m at emotionally: happy or sad, overwhelmed or at peace, nostalgic or living in the moment. There is something to be said about a song that can move you tremendously, simply and effortlessly.”
The 10-track playlist, fittingly titled “soft and quiet,” features artists like Iron & Wine, Sufjan Stevens and Phoebe Bridgers. Songs like, Bon Iver’s “22 (Over Soon),” strike a chord with Zucker. “The droning vocal sample throughout, always continuing but occasionally glitching, reminds me of the constant fear of losing something you’ve had forever,” he said.
But where there’s loss, there’s also a chance for renewal, and for Zucker, Layla’s “Oh My Love” reflects just that. “This song reminds me of the feelings of falling in love with a new person,” Zucker said. “All of the possibilities, the hope and optimism that you feel in a new relationship.”
There’s plenty more feels among Zucker’s other picks. Check out the rising star’s Takeover Tuesday playlist below.