INTERVIEW: Zinc

Hi Zinc, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Great! I really appreciate you taking the time to chat with me about my new music!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Fallen Star”?

“Fallen Star” is a project I’ve had in the works for a few years. I made the first version my senior year of college in 2017 as an audio project, but I’ve developed it more and more since then. I would describe it as a melancholic track with a powerful beat; I was striving to make a song that could have you jamming and in your feelings at the same time.

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

I wrote this song the very moment I pondered throwing in the towel. In 2014, I came across a few promising opportunities, where I felt like I was actually getting somewhere. But unfortunately, the music industry is not a very merciful one, so I found myself back at where I started, or even lower you could say. But just as I contemplated letting go of my dream, I wrote another song, this one.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

As of now I have no video plans for this particular song, but it’s certainly not off the table. Maybe a lyric video?

How was the recording and writing process?

I wrote the lyrics the night before our scheduled recording session. I had only created a four-bar loop for the instrumental at that point, so I also had to build the song’s overall structure; needless to say I was up very late, past 5:00am. The next day, Meg and I recorded the song in five hours. I was not in the original recording that I submitted for my school project, but added myself later after some suggestions from peers. I’m very happy with the final version.

What was it like to work with Meg Caldwell and what did she brought up to the table?

When I first heard Meg’s voice I knew I needed to work with her. There’s something so sincere about it; you can actually hear her emotions as opposed to just the notes she’s singing. She also had an extremely positive energy in the studio; she was very patient in helping me achieve the exact sound I wanted. I very much hope to work with her again in the future!

How has Kanye West and Kid Cudi influenced your writing?

What I’ve always admired about these two artists is their sincerity in their music. They express their truths, despite the pressure they may have received to rap about certain topics or to convey a life of pure success and mental stability – to “flex.” I’m not suggesting there’s anything wrong with “flexing,” but I feel like they’ve helped give a voice to artists who are teeming with insecurities and emotions and want to use their music to express that.

What role does Chicago play in your music?

What I love about Chicago is that musicians are everywhere. I’m friends with several music artists whom I didn’t even meet through music. Back in Cincinnati I was one of only a handful of people in my high school who dreamt of pursuing music, and you sort of wonder if people just think you’re crazy to pursue such a career path. But in Chicago, there’s an entire community for musicians, other people who can relate to the struggles one encounters in what I’d certainly describe as a challenging field.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

You can definitely expect an EP sometime in 2020, but I’m taking my time to get it sounding right. I want people to know I’m not short of ideas, I’m just overwhelmed with many. You can also expect a few more singles to break up the time gap and to remind listeners to keep me on their radar.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

I haven’t selected a release date for the EP yet, but I will be sure to update my listeners once it’s finalized! As much as I want to, I will not be sharing its title at this time, sorry!

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes! I will be making some local appearances in the near future, and there will be talk of more extensive touring, likely after the EP. Be ready!

What else is happening next in Zinc’s world?

All I can say is stay tuned for more music; there is plenty on the way, and I am very excited to share it with you.

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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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