There’s a real sense of a rush of new music coming from the South West independent music scene, and we’re all about supporting artists in the area!
Today, we talk to ZANII, a Somerset based music producer, who in 2022 has released an 11 track album called ‘Grab Your Skin, Love Your Life’.
Frazer Mitchell; Hi ZANII, thanks a lot for agreeing to do an interview with Antix Music Network today, I hope you’re keeping well?
ZANII: All good! My life is incredibly crazy right now! I am sofa surfing and making music remotely and I am insanely grateful for those around me.
Frazer; First of all, I’ve got to say, we get a lot of emails with a lot of music attached, and it’s all very varied, however, not many albums we get sent start with something that sounds like an advert, and that go in many different directions in regards to music. Who are your influences for this album?
ZANII: I deleted all my social media and killed my public image for 2 years. I had no intentions of ever doing music again after constant obsessions with figuring out who I am and worrying about being a bad person and stuff, I was basically just in no place to create. Throughout these years I was obsessed with this artwork that Hien Anh Nguyen sent me and was constantly saying “grab your skin, love your life” while looking at it and it got me back into thinking creatively. So it got me really thinking about my worries and who we all are and the masks we wear or even deeper and the skins we wear. That it where it all came from.
Frazer; So what made you decide to do an album? An album of 11 tracks is no easy project; where did you do most of your recording? Is it all self produced?
ZANII; At the beginning of lockdown before I decided to give up everything I went into panic mode with what to do and just made loads of music which I recorded in my bedroom (I make all my music this way) and then when I came back to thinking creatively I had made a few pieces and after sitting down and gathering idea I lost and forgot about I had realised there was good stuff there (some of it I forgot how I made it) and it all actually fit the narrative of the album so I finished it up. The entire album is produced by Snibbles and myself. He does the main production and I help guide it to where I want, He is my instrument.
Frazer; So what does the future hold for you as an artist? Is this something you can see yourself performing to crowds at festivals?
ZANII; I released an album in the year the world was catching up with 3 years of booked gigs so coming in late is an understatement however I would love to perform some more festivals next year. I have a number of shows for the end of this year already booked and some cool stuff happening beyond that.
Frazer; Is there another album in the pipeline? Or perhaps an EP or a couple of singles? What’s next for you?
ZANII; I have hundreds of songs I just don’t know when they will get used. I do not write a song then record it I just listen to bits of music and throw paint at the wall. All my stuff is in the moment and never planned so I often have a million pieces of music I can work with at one time however I am planning on being consistent and putting out stuff at some point however I will first be taking this album around and only with the arts being my number 1 priority
Frazer; Thanks a lot for sending in your album ‘Grab Your Skin, Love Your Life’ and best of luck with it, and your future in music!
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Frazer Mitchell - Producer, DJ, and Events Coordinator at Antix Music Network