If you checked my Twitter feed yesterday you’ll know I said singer Zeroni is up next. Even give you a “promise” gif. You’ll understand that statement pressing play on 11:11, the first track on her LP Further in Times We Had. A lot of bloggers say that, I know, but seriously… just listen to her voice.
FITWH is a 17 track affair, which is a gift. I’d also like to mention every song is available for immediate download, so jump on that. Her music will be available on iTunes, Google Play and Spotify soon enough so look for that. For now, follow her on SoundCloud. I truly believe in Zeroni, I don’t think it’ll take too much time for huge music sites to take notice. I was really interested in her story, her inspirations and upcoming music.
We talked with her about all the above and much more. Below is the full conversation and we are so excited to share it with everyone. I give you, Zeroni.
Hey Zeroni! Thanks for taking the time to talk to us! Getting into the music…Times We Had is 17 tracks. I thought that was amazing as your voice is just gorgeous on all of them. How long did it take to record this?
It took me 3 months to record all the songs on Times We Had.
What was the writing process like for this?
My writing process is pretty much random. Honestly I usually won’t write a song specifically for a certain beat, most times I’ll freestyle and use poetry that I write (which I also love doing) as references. So my lyrics are either freestyles or poems for the most part. But honestly my writing process is all over the place but I get it organized eventually and I need for lyrics to come out feeling natural and right…not too rehearsed.
Who did you work with on the project?
Lyrically it was all me 🙂 On production my mixing and mastering guy is Qgotti who’s an engineer based out of the DMV. We followed each other on Twitter and he saw I desperately needed somebody who could record me properly and mix my voice down properly without editing my vocals and making them sound artificial. He’s awesome. And honestly the only person I trust to get my sound right. He assisted me with going through beats. We recorded everything at my home in Baltimore which was really convenient. Another great producer is St. Ainz who’s a producer based out of Tennessee. He’s one of my closest friends since my freshman year in college and he produced the beats to 3 tracks on the EP.
Correct me if I’m wrong but one of your first drops was a flip of Monica’s class So Gone.
Yes 11:11 was a Monica flip (before the so gone challenge lol) and I love early 2000s rnb and missy Elliot is awesome on the production of that track 🙂
I also caught the 11:11 interlude video which featured clips of the Russian version of the Little Mermaid with some shots of you seductively looking around a gallery. I can’t imagine how you came up with this, so, how did you?
I had clips of the Little Mermaid on my computer and I think it went well with the princess aspect that the Monica beat had (and I loved that you say I was looking seductive haha) the clips from the gallery were outtake shots and just little clips from a fun photoshoot I did in February.
Everything you create is so artistic. Is that something that comes naturally?
I think I just have a lot of things to express and I just express them one way or another I really find joy when people appreciate my expressions because everything I create is a little part of me, the real true me that’s not allot of people get to see on the surface.
Do you enjoy other types of art besides music?
I love photography, fashion, writing, drawing piano, guitar I just love all things artistic. I think almost anything can be classified as art. As long as you put passion into it.
Another album of yours Jarred (her manger) mentioned was something called “13” but it went straight to Times We Had. I’m a little confused because I also looked for 13 around the web but couldn’t find it. Can you clarify this a bit?
I took down my last EP 13 because of production/creative issues.
I honestly can’t believe you haven’t gotten more coverage for your music. One listen to 11:11 and I could almost picture your longevity in the music industry. Where do you see yourself in 2017? Do you think you’ll get more recognition soon? Does it matter to you?
2017 is gonna be a year where I get more blessing and show more people what I can do. I’M CLAIMING IT LOL.
What drives you to create music?
Music is something mental, physical and spiritual for me. I believe it’s that way for most people but for me especially I’ve always found refuge in songs listening to them, writing lyrics or composing melodies it’s all a coping mechanism and a life mission for me. Music really is my everything.
What artistic individuals do you look up to?
I look up to so many people especially female singers of African descent (since that’s what I am) I think my biggest musical inspiration is Nina Simone. Her music has always resonated with me since I was very young and my father would play her nonstop.
How long have you been singing for? When did you realize you had talent?
I have been singing my whole life. I started pursuing music as something I could do seriously in the middle of 2015, that’s when I put my first song out on Soundcloud so that’s when I would say my “music career” started. But music has always been part of my life. I was in Choir in high school but that wasn’t really my thing I like being solo haha.
What music did you listen to growing up?
I listened to early 2000s r&b and rap, I love folk music and vintage country music Bobby Gentry and Jonny Cash I love them! Honestly I listen to all types of music Stevie Wonder, Nujabes, The Smiths, Tame Impala, Etta James, Ray Charles, Lupe, Kanye. I still do as a 21 year old. I love the diversity in the stories that music provides.
Is there anything you can reveal about upcoming music?
You’ll just have to wait and see. But I’m definitely gonna drop at least 3 projects next year. So I am very excited. I’m also excited to work with other artists that’s always super fun to work creatively.