Talented artist zenith. keeps inspiring the crowds with a third release since the beginning of the year titled “Changes.” Beautifully aligning with his previously displayed approach of introspective lyrics, zenith. however switches lanes when it comes to genres, this time experimenting with a pop-oriented anthem from which emanates an addictive slow-paced groove. zenith.’s flow is as organic as it is flawlessly executed, demonstrating his natural penchant for melodic performances. We’ve a chance to chat with his about his latest single, personal journey, creative process, and more!
Hello zenith., thank you for taking the time to answer some of our questions.
We’ve listened to your latest release “Changes” and loved the vibe and beauty it distills!
What is the core message behind “Changes”?
Life can really be a ride. It takes you through ups and downs, lessons, battles, and triumphs. When you look back at the journey, you can see how much it changes. I feel this deeply – the nostalgia and inability to wrap my head around it. That’s where “Changes” was born, and it captures the emotions of changing times.
Sonically, “Changes” is a little different from your two previous releases, “Skip,” and “Freddy Freddy.” How would you describe it in terms of genres?
“Changes” definitely takes a different approach than “Skip” and “Freddy Freddy.” As I continue to grow as an artist, I hope to keep trying different things. There are so many genres of music that I find appealing – and it’s hard to classify “Changes” into one of those. At this point, I’d call it a melodic hip-hop / rap type.
Your music holds many influences, from hip-hop, to rb and pop. Did your approach for merging styles happen intuitively or was it a conscious creative direction that you sought? Tell us more about your creative process.
I have been able to merge different styles intuitively, which has been a fun journey. It’s just what comes out of me when I sit down in front of a mic, influenced by binging artists from G Herbo to Taylor Swift. Beyond anything, I just want to create a feeling in my music, and that feeling usually starts with random sounds that evolve into words when I listen back. Every feeling and idea can be turned into an expression of words, which is a beautiful thing.
Are you more of a recording artist, a performer, or both?
At this point, I’d call myself a recording artist. Besides a handful of people, I’ve never truly sang in front of anybody (outside a third grade Christmas performance). One day, maybe I can grow into that, and I hope too – but I’m staying behind the private for a little bit. It all comes back to growth, which we’re all trying to do. Trying to improve each day and be the best we can be.
Your lyrics are deep and somehow introspective. Is music a medium for you to express and heal in some way?
I appreciate this! I’ve loved literature since I was a kid and I’m a bit of a nerd in that way. I try to write a feeling, a place, a time in my lyrics and give people a chance to interpret and feel those in their own way. The journey that “Changes” takes on one listener may be very different than the journey it takes for another.
Music is absolutely a way to heal. I’m pretty closed off sometimes, so having this outlet to let it all loose is refreshing. It’s therapy in a lot of ways. I’ve found healing in music throughout the years, and I hope mine can provide that to anybody, even just one person.
Tell us more about your personal journey. What led you to become an artist?
I’ve loved music since I was a kid, and I’ve fantasized singing and rapping since I was about 16. There are rough parts of that fantasy though, including the drug abuse that is idolized in so much of the music that I adore. I recorded my first songs a few years ago, which coincided with some of the worst decisions and hardest battles I’ve fought with myself. I gave the dream up for a while to get back on track. As I’ve found more of myself, I’ve started to find my sound as well. A version of myself that I’m really proud to display and one that I want to keep building with good intentions.
Any upcoming plans you’d like to share with our audience?
It’s a couple more singles on the way over the next month or so. Then, I’ll release my debut album somewhere around February. More on this to come, and my socials like Instagram are a great spot for updates. I’m so excited to be on this journey! Thank you, StereoSaints, for having me and to anyone who took the time to read this.