Brolic Beats had the opportunity to catch up with rising singer/songwriter Zoe in an exclusive interview. The Calabria-born talent, now based out of Toronto, has been steadily making a name for herself in the dance music scene across the entire world. We discussed the early stages of her singing career, as well as some of her musical inspirations. We got to know a bit of what she does outside of the singing world as well as her thoughts on the so-called “EDM Bubble.” Zoe also talked about what’s to come from her for the rest of 2013 with regard to productions and performances. Click past the break to read the full interview!
Brolic Beats: Let’s start from the beginning: When did you first start singing and who or what motivated you to do so?
Zoe: I loved singing from a very young age. My uncle (who passed away when I was only six) and my father, inspired me to love music as much as I do. Some of the best childhood memories were watching them play live instruments in italy and watching song festivals with my father who used to always say “one day I want that to be you”. I truly believe having parents who encourage the dreams of their children is very important in correlation to success. I was blessed to have their support in all areas of my life. Professionally I started when I was 17, when I participated in a competition at Canada’s Wonderland. I signed my first dance song by the age of 19!
BB: Presently, who do you see as your main musical inspirations?
Zoe: I love Armin van Buuren, Dash Berlin, Skrillex, Avicii, SHM, Rihanna and Pink.
BB: What is your ultimate goal in this industry?
Zoe: Singing and/or writing vocals for Armin van Buuren, Dash Berlin, Skrillex or Avicii lol… And of course performing at Tomorrowland and Digital Dreams/Veld!
BB: Are there any artists that you wish to collaborate with in the future?
Zoe: My absolute dream is to sing on a Dash Berlin or Armin van Buuren track as I stated above.. However there are so many other talented artists I would love to work with whether vocally or as a writer. I love writing as well. I have a specialist in linguistics and literature and in the process of completing my first novel! I am also a published author in poetry 🙂
BB: What was your most memorable performance and why?
Zoe: My most memorable performance was in Italy and opening up for Irene Grandi and Nek. I got to perform for my family and friends who don’t get to see a lot of my musical accomplishments since I live in Toronto. I grew up in Calabria. Being able to share such an amazing moment with them was amazing.
BB: Besides singing, do you play any musical instruments?
Zoe: I don’t play anymore, but I used to play the flute in Highschool 🙂 I sing and write. Thankfully I work with amazing musicians who help put my ideas to life!
BB: What do you enjoy doing the most outside of the singing/songwriting atmosphere?
Zoe: I love cooking and spending time with my pets, family and friends. Especially my two crazy cousins Jesse and Elisa who have been my shadow and #1 fans since the beginning. I also love travelling and learning about other cultures.
BB: Your track with Synthloverz, “When You’re Gone,” was hand-picked for Erg Music’s May 2013 CD series which features the best dance tracks of the month. How does it feel to share the spotlight with some of the biggest acts in the EDM scene?
Zoe: I feel incredibly blessed and honored not only for myself; but also for the incredible people I work with who helped me get here. It is a great accomplishment to be listed next to names such as Christina Aguilera and of course my #1 inspiration Armin van Buuren. I have been doing this for ten years now and much like with everything else, there are highs and lows in the music industry; so I feel extremely lucky being able to do what I love for this long. I feel stronger than ever. I gave up a lot for music over the years, and knowing it was worth it, is a gratifying feeling. Music is my happiness.
BB: What is your opinion on the current state of EDM? Do you see it as too much of an explosion or favor its current rate?
Zoe: I could not be happier that EDM is doing so well. There were times when people questioned my will to continue in the dance genre and were trying to convince me to switch to pop music or rock; but I knew in my heart this is where I wanted to stay and I followed my instinct. I think for many years dance was not respected or seen as “real” music. But for artists such as myself standing behind the mic and singing lyrics from our own life experiences, there was always more to it than the general stereotype. Now there are thousands of people who relate to it and see it for what it really is. There is no better feeling.
BB: What can we expect from you for the rest of 2013 in terms of songs and performances?
Zoe: You can expect a new musical direction in House/Electro and vocal Trance. My new music is a lot more intense than my previous sound. I am focused on preserving my dance roots, but excited to incorporate new dance elements both vocally and musically. I have another single in the works (based in Belgium) which will be ready by early summer 2013; and my new album will be released later this year. I am working with producers worldwide and excited to expiriment different sounds.
I recently began performing with Vita Chambers on her “Fix You Tour” and I am performing at “Euro Fest” on May 4th @ The Kool Haus in Toronto, Canada with euro legends from around the world! Which is very exciting considering they inspired the initial stages of my career. Subsequently, I am looking forward to a two week break to focus on my next single. The next perfomances will be listed on www.risebookings.com as well as www.facebook.com/zoemusiconline!