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INTERVIEW: ZINN

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Rise Above”?

I wrote Rise Above in hopes to get people to think twice about why they say and do the things they do. There is so much hate in the world and i have no idea where it came from. You have to learn it from somewhere, no one is just born with the desire to make others feel bad about themselves, and tear them down. I’m noticing more and more that “hate” its self is becoming more of a trend. Something people do in their free time and no one can tell you why, or give you valid reasons. It breaks my heart that it makes people feel better about themselves. Tearing someone down doesn’t put you at a higher state on this so called “scale” you’ve created in your head. Your in the exact same position you started in, you’ve just made someone else’s journey that much more difficult. These kinds of things effect people whether you meant it to or not. It takes just as much energy if not less to spread love instead of hate. I want us to come together and rise above our differences and become unified in love and those differences. We all have them lets embrace them. No one is the same and that’s the point. So why are we making them feel bad for it?

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

My childhood played a big role in me writing this song. I got bullied a lot in school and at home. I kept to myself but seemed to attract negative attention anyway. Things just got worse and worse as i stayed to myself and i wasn’t sure why. I mean how do you cause problems when you don’t talk to anyone? In the meaning of my song i mentioned that people do and say these things and cant even tell you why. Back in high school i ran into some people i went to middle school with and they approached me and asked if i knew about the rumors that were spread about me in high school, and of course i did. When i told them i did they said they wanted to apologize because they were the ones that spread them, i told them i appreciated them apologizing and asked why they did it. They gave me the most blank stare and just i don’t know. I was baffled. The things that they said about me changed my childhood. It seems so simple to just say a few words but no one bothers to think about the ripple effect they have. When you change the way someone sees another person it changes the way they treat them and that’s something you can never get back. the way others perceive you plays a big role in the way you see yourself, and that is very dangerous in a world filled with hate.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

As of now there are no plans for a video for this song.

How was the recording and writing process?

It was actually my first time in a studio writing and all i can say was it was magical. Telling someone your vision for a song and watching the ideas and energy flow is a feeling that’s indescribable. Music is a therapeutic experience for everyone and being able to discuss this topic and make meaningful art with it means so much to me. when writing this song i didnt just want to express the things that people say and do and why, but help people realize that we ourselves can become stronger from it and use it to rise above instead of letting it tear you down.

How has Bebe Rexha and Halsey has influenced your writing?

Ive always felt halsey and bebe rexhaput out really raw lyrics. Very to the point and open with their feelings. I dont feel like they hide anything. They wear their hearts on their sleeves and i love that most about them. The more open a person is the more real they are and thats what an artist should be. real and raw and i hope to express that in my music. I plan to hold nothing back and express my true self, my insecurities, my flaws, my accomplishments, my mistakes and all.

How’s your new EP coming along?

My new EP is coming along great! Each song is a little different in style to really capture each experience on its own. I tell some really personal deep stories, and i cant wait for everyone to hear them. i wanted to really open myself up to everyone and share who i am as a person.

Why naming it after yourself?

The songs in my EP jump from all over my life timeline. I want my EP to be an introduction to me. So each song is kind of different and tells you something different about me. Its kind of a deep get to know me. All my songs tell a different story that made me the way i am today, or expresses who i am as a person. I figured my name was the best way to explain what my EP was all about..

What other things would you be diving into and encouraging throughout the record?

I dive into a few things in my new EP, family, past relationships, and things i’ve had to learn and accept about myself. Each song is something about myself or something in my life that i had to learn to accept. Accepting yourself is really hard especially with all this hate in the world. I hope that by me being open about who i am learning to accept myself, and the things ive been through i can help someone do the same for themselves.

Any plans to hit the road?

No plans to hit the road this year yet.

What else is happening next in ZINN’s world? 

I’ll be back in the studio soon, and even though you will not be seeing a music video for this particular song, there will still be a video to expect and lots more songs.

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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