[TSS Interview] Get to Know Rising Producer ZAXX Ahead of Electric Zoo Performance + Exclusive Mix
In anticipation of his return to Electric Zoo on Sunday, September 4th, New York’s rising DJ/producer ZAXX sat down with TSS to talk about his musical journey, future plans, and his brand new single “Phunky” (out today!). Known for his unique production and high-energy, electro-fying performances behind the decks, the 19-year-old artist has come a long way since he first began producing music. Now, riding high on his road to success, ZAXX shares why this year is only getting started.
TSS: Tell us a bit about yourself. How have you gotten to where you are today?
ZAXX: I’ve always been kind of a computer nerd since I was very young which lead me to exploring all different types of music, I fell in love with dance music when I was about 14-15 and from then on I began making music with my moms computer, it evolved and people started noticing it more and more and that’s how I got to where I am today.
TSS: You just announced a new single, “Phunky,” which will be out on August 1st via Musical Freedom. What can you tell us about this release?
ZAXX: I’m really excited about “Phunky,” believe it or not I began making that song when I was 16, I’m 19 now and it’s finally coming out so it took a few years to finish haha, I’m really proud of it though because there’s not many tracks like it.
TSS: Who are your biggest musical inspirations and why?
ZAXX: My biggest musical inspirations have to be the Smashing Pumpkins, they have a very distinct sound and made unique music since they first began and it landed them as being one of the most popular bands in the last 20 years. I’m inspired by any artist who can be original, fresh and still sound good.
TSS: This isn’t the first time you’re playing Electric Zoo. What are you most excited for at this year’s festival?
ZAXX: Yes! I’m most excited to play all my new music at this years Electric Zoo. It’s always exciting playing in New York, especially this festival because this is where my music was born.
TSS: What can we expect from your Electric Zoo performance this year?
ZAXX: You can expect a lot of nostalgia and new ZAXX music from my Electric Zoo set this year, it’s going to be very special.
TSS: If you could curate your own stage of Electric Zoo 2016 performing artists, who would you book?
ZAXX: If I had my own stage I would book Airwav, Smle, Nolan Van Lith, Lookas, puppet, murtagh, there’s like too many to name but all of those guys are killing it.
TSS: What are your plans for the rest of the year?
ZAXX: For the rest of the year I still have a lot of releases coming, some surprises and some really cool shows that I’m playing, I think this year is just getting started.
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Electric Zoo will take place at Randalls Island in New York on September 2+4. Buy tickets here.
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