Every revolution needs its own voice – Interview with Zinny

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After recently moving from Nigeria to Hungary, Zinny had to completely rethink her own ideas and goals in music. With a diverse background in music – from composing school anthems, leading a choir she ended up writing and producing her own music. Her goal is not only to find her own voice in the world of music but to inspire young artists to do so. Here’s our nice little chat with Zinny.

Hello! Tell the world about yourself. How did you become the musician you are today?

Becoming the musician I am today is a result of my experiences. As a young girl, I found myself moving towards anything related to music or creative arts. I was a girls brigade, a cultural dancer and in the children choir. In high school I was appointed the social prefect and ended up composing the schools’ anthem. I even led a mass choir of about a thousand choristers in a convention. As I grew older I started becoming more independent and writing about my feelings and stories. I have recently rebranded because for a while I’ve been going in circles, I had to sit down and ask myself why I do what I do.

Introduce your current musical projects and tell us what makes each one special for you!

I recently had a concert in Budapest and it was an eye-opener for me. I am working on my upcoming concerts and two major music competitions (Eurovision and X-factor). I’m also working with other producers on my own music for a 6 track EP scheduled for some time next year, and I’m starting a movement in my country. I want to use my music to create a change.

How do you find the drive and inspiration to keep doing music?

I can tell you, life as a musician comes with lots of ups and downs. But the down is what makes me a true artist I think. I gave up or almost gave up many times but I still find myself coming back to this same thing. It’s my oxygen and I cannot live without it. I am driven by my dream to be the voice for the young people and I don’t want to be the reason for them giving up on their dreams. I feel with music everything is possible.

How is your local music scene in your perspective? Do you feel like you belong there?

I relocated from Nigeria to Budapest and it’s been one year since. The music scene in Budapest is mild, even with the language barrier, I’m still trying to find my way here. I am lucky for the internet where I can share my music and work with many musicians.

What is your all-time favorite record and how did it change you as an artist?

I love listening to Nina Simone, watching her documentary changed my life and the way I look at music and revolution. I see myself in her; fierce, eccentric and determined. My favorite album is her 1965 Album “I Put a Spell On You”

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What are your favorite software and hardware tools for music production?

My favorite DAW is Cubase. I have tried PreSonus Studio One and FL Studio but always come back to Cubase, I love the interface. I also use Audio Evolution for mobile as my demo DAW and when I’m on the move.

What is your songwriting process like?

When I write, I start with a simple key on my keyboard then find a chord. I love questions and if my lyrics doesn’t answer the questions related to my title then I’m not satisfied. I use tools like master writer, and rhyme-zone. They keep me guided. Generally, I go with the flow and how I feel, it’s just like feeling it but on paper.

8Out of all the live shows you played, which one was the most memorable, and why?

My most memorable is my most recent concert. I felt good because I worked so hard for this show. I put a whole team of awesome instrumentalists, venue, dropdown, wrote 9 new songs and it was a blast. Everyone is asking for the next gig. I feel satisfied and I’m saying this from a perspective of a perfectionist.

What is your biggest musical goal?

My biggest musical goal is to be one of the greatest voices and influences of change for the next generation. I would love to set up a music academy in the long run where both singers and instrumentalists would be able to study.

How has being on Drooble helped you as a musician?

When I first noticed Drooble I was excited. Like I said, I love questions so much and the interview section caught my fancy. I love everything about this music community, it has exposed me to good music which I wouldn’t have found anywhere. Artists support each other and everyone’s growing. This is the kind of revolution I associate myself with.

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