Hi Assaad, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
I have been really well thank you!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Would You?”?
‘Would You’ that has a high energy rock vibe and a tender melodic side, it is about people not finding what they are passionate about, and have the fear of failure.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
What inspired me to write this song, throughout my years I have met a lot of great people along the way, some were really talented, some did not discover what their talent is. But most of them, just kept complaining of how frustrated they are with their lives, and not doing something that is worthwhile. Most of the time when I’m with them, I would try my best to motivate them into seeking what they are good at and pursue their dreams. Some of those people did go through with their dreams, but most just gave up on their first attempt and a lot were just lazy and did not make the effort. They realized a lot of hard work needed to be put in to what they wanted to accomplish, so they settled for the easy way out and got lazy. Frankly I was tired of hearing them making excuses, yet they forgot how many unprivileged people are out there in this world who are just trying to find that opportunity. ‘Would You?’ is exactly about that.
How was the film experience?
The film experience was great! Hadi Sarriedine filmed and edited this video, we had such a blast doing it. It was a DIY experience which I love, just minimum gear, actually just one camera and rebelliously filming in locations without permission so it was fun having security chasing us off premises, hahaha.
How was the recording and writing process?
The album was recorded in my home studio. I wrote and performed all the parts of the music. I also produced and mixed it myself. The process of writing the music is scattered throughout a 6 month period for this particular album, and the recording and mixing process took about 3 months. There was blood, sweat and tears put in to this, especially knowing that it was all on me. I challenged myself to do it all and at times the pressure of that was exhilarating and scary, rock and roll baby! There were times and I’m sure a lot of you have experienced this, a whole session would suddenly disappear because the computer decided to shut down and I would have to redo all the work again or a great take would not be recorded, there were some frustrating situations. I decided to do the whole record from a to z, simply for the fact that I had a particular sound in my head I wanted to get it out, not depend on anyone and I work very long odd hours
What have you learned from your time sharing the stage with some of the most iconic acts of the music industry like Sting?
There was a lot that I have learned, but most important lesson was modesty, perseverance and being in the moment.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Yes I have a whole album ready to rock your world, and it is all ready to go. I’m looking to release that very soon.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Im looking to release the full album in the next couple of months or sooner and the title of the album will be ‘Dangerous Radio’.
Any plans to hit the road?
For sure, I’m looking to tour the UK and Europe. Dates and venues to be confirmed
What else is happening next in Bull Funk Zoo’s world?
I’m constantly working on new material. I have a backlog of many compositions, which will come to fruition in the near future depending on what kind of album or project I’m going to do. There will be some collaborations in the near future. A lot of touring is also on schedule.
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