Zen/it is a multi-influenced artist coming from the electronic music scene.
He quickly got inspired by cinematic ambiances and video games. Zen/it put his unique sound on his music – energetic and beautiful. We speak to him about his new record – Ashamed, plans for 2019 and more.
T.H.E – Hey man! Welcome to T.H.E – Music Essentials. How has 2019 kicked off for you?
ZEN/IT – Hey guys, thanks for the interview! 2019 started very well for me, I’ve got tons of new ideas and records that I can’t wait to share!
T.H.E – Your first few tracks were supported by the likes of Hardwell and Don Diablo. How important would you say that support was, in order to push you to keep going?
ZEN/IT – Of course is very important to me getting support from such names, that really gives me a big push and motivates me a lot.
T.H.E – How would you describe your sounds, and what is the meaning behind the name – Zen/It?
ZEN/IT – I would describe my sounds like a sort of progressive house mixed with dark-trancy and cinematic sonorities, but actually is not 100% appropriate, I’m just doing what I feel without sticking to any particular rule!
The name Zen/it can represent a lot of things, but I have chosen it because I felt my sound would fit nice with the Zen philosophy and it could have seen as a sort of verb too, for example, everyone can create a song, but not many of them succeed to express themselves through it , that’s why they have to ‘Zen it’(make it their own) a little more!
T.H.E – Tell us about your new single – Ashamed. How long was it in the works, and which part of the track was the most difficult to produce?
ZEN/IT – It took me more than 1 month to produce it, every day I woke up and there was something that was not convincing me, so I changed and fixed it many times before getting to the final version, but I spent most of the time on the vocal, mostly on the mixing part!
T.H.E – When you get into the studio, which part of the track do you start working on first, and is the most important according to you?
ZEN/IT – I generally start from the drop (which I personally feel is the main part of the song), checking for the right drums and synths I can use, then I work all around it.
T.H.E – How has your style evolved from when you first started producing?
ZEN/IT – Let’s say I changed style and genre multiple times from when I started producing (i was 14), it all began with trance music, then I switched to techno and then progressive house, but I always kept the trancy vibes!
T.H.E – Who are your biggest inspirations in the industry?
ZEN/IT – For sure the biggest inspiration for me is and will remain Tiesto, the guy who really inspired me to become a producer!
T.H.E – If you could only listen to one track for the rest of your life, what would it be?
ZEN/IT – Tiesto – Adagio For Strings: I have so many memories about this one.
T.H.E – Are you hoping to play some festivals and events this Summer?
ZEN/IT – Yes, of course, would be cool, but is not my main priority at the moment, I’m still working on the ‘live’ part because I would like to bring something unique to the audience.
T.H.E – Lastly, what can you tell us about your plans for 2019?
ZEN/IT – I have tons of new stuff coming up, something that I’m particularly proud of coming VERY soon, so stay tuned!