ZOD is a 20 year old Indian producer who has had his tracks supported by the likes of TWIIG, Futuristic Polar Bears, ANG, Zephertone, and Cuebrick. We have partnered up with Suffle Music Magazine to give you this exclusive interview. Go and check out their review of ZOD's latest release with Astroblast and Dominix which is out now on Trano Recordings!
Tell us a little bit about yourself and what software you use.
Well I started producing about two years back. I started on FL Studio 11.2.1 but now I’m on 12.4. I picked FL over the other options because I really like the mixer and UI of FL, for me it just makes the most sense and the workflow is pretty intuitive for me.
What sort of inspirations do you have for your music?
I look up to the usual suspects like KSHMR, Ryos, and Hardwell but Martin Garrix is my biggest inspiration. When I first started out, I watched so many of his live sets and listened to so many Martin Garrix Show episodes, it gave me the push I needed to work hard in this business. As for his music, I love how catchy his melodies are and all of those guys’ signature sounds.
At the beginning of my journey, I used to watch Avicii's tutorial video named “Avicii in the Studio - The Making of Dancing in My Head”. That video taught me lot about the basics of music production. He was such a big inspiration for me.
Have you found your signature sound yet?
Not quite, but I’m working on it!
Do you DJ or play any other musical instruments?
I’m currently learning piano and guitar through a mixture of YouTube tutorials and help from a friend. I also plan on DJing very soon.
How do you find new music?
Music is my need and my life; I listen it every single day. I find new music on VK primarily and then I also follow my favorite artists and stream their music on Spotify, Soundcloud and Saavn which is an Indian streaming platform where you can find almost any genre of music.
How did the collab come together?
I found Nezar Badir (Astroblast) on Facebook somewhere when he posted his new art of upcoming track. I went over to his profile to listen to some of his music and really enjoyed it so I messaged him with an idea for a collaboration and he got on board! He’s one of the most hardworking producers I’ve come in contact with. I made the melody, intro, buildup, drop, and structure then he completed everything, mastered it, and added some of his signature sounds. That’s how “Storm” was made!
How effective is it to have your track promoted in a popular Spotify playlist?
Having my track on some popular playlist is a great tool in helping me promote my music to world. I want people to know me by my music and I do believe that the right playlist can help my music reach the right listeners. Of course it’s also great to be played on another producers show; one of my dreams is to get featured on Hardwell On Air.
Which do you think is better: Soundcloud or Spotify
Soundcloud is better because it is used by everyone; Spotify isn’t available in many countries.
Dream collaboration: Martin Garrix, KSHMR, and Hardwell.
Dream label: Revealed Recordings and Spinnin’ Records
Dream vocalist: Jonathan Mendelsohn.
Proudest moment: It is yet to come.
A big thanks to ZOD for taking the time to answer our questions! Go check him out on social media for all the latest updates!
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Chris W. Lao
DJ, Writer, and Student.
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