By: Emily Thomson
Every week, on EDM Wednesdays we feature an EDM artist, this week is a young artist from Ontario that goes by the name Zeesaw! You can find his music here: https://soundcloud.com/theofficialzeesaw
We had the opportunity to ask him a few questions during an email interview, so now you get the chance to find out more about this rising EDM artist!
At what age did you start with music?
ZS: I started going to piano lessons when I was around 4. I hated it at the time, but I’m definitely glad I stuck with it.
There’s a ton of different music genres, what made you want to do EDM?
ZS: I don’t think I ever really planned to make EDM. All I was thinking about in the first months of having FL studio was “what can I do with this?”. I ended up listening to a lot more electronic music, looking for some sort of direction. While I did pick up a lot of things, I try to stand out from the trend followers, experiment as much as I can.
If you had to explain to someone what your sound is, how would you go about explaining it?
ZS: Complicated electronic music with memorable melodies, unique percussion and drum beats, and a different feel to each song. That’s about it.
What inspires you when creating music?
ZS: Oh, lots of things. I listen to lots of genres of music, rock, metal, rap, classical, jazz, and video game music too. Video game music is great, games like Payday 2, Super Mario Galaxy, Hotline Miami, all have such awesome soundtracks, that the game would just be empty without. I suggest you music lovers check the ost’s out, even If you don’t play video games.
If you could collaborate with any EDM artist who would it be and why?
ZS: Haywyre. I adore his music, and I feel like I would learn a lot from him. The chords he uses are just genius, and he’s got a really unique, funky sound.
If you could put together a tour with any Canadian bands/artist including yourself, who would headline and who would the openers be?
ZS: I’m really not sure… I think that’d be thinking way too far ahead. I only get an average of a hundred views on my songs, and I think I’ve still got a lot of improving to do before I can compare myself to the big guys.
Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, who are some of your favourite Canadian bands/artists?
ZS: The only ones that come to mind right now are Rush, and Alexisonfire. They both have really recognizable styles, and I think that’s really important if you want to go big.
What can your fans expect from you next?
ZS: More experimentation. I’m still not quite sure where I’m going with my style, so I hope my listeners will tell me if something feels hot or cold.
These next questions will help your fans get to know you better, Do you have a favourite childhood memory?
ZS: I wouldn’t say I have a favorite one. Everyone has lots of great memories and lots of bad ones too, but they’re all valuable.
If you had to listen to one album for a year, which album would you listen to?
ZS: That’s a tough one. You get tired of listening to any music for too long. Off the top of my head I would say… Blur – Think Tank. That’s probably one of the albums that I can easily listen to the whole thing.
What is your favourite EDM song and favorite nonEDM song?
ZS: Favorite EDM song: Haywyre – Doppelgaenger. Great use of jazz chords and amazing basslines. Favorite nonEDM song: Blur – Good song. Beautiful guitar melody, great lyrics, it’s a song I could listen to over and over again.
What song describes you best?
ZS: I’m most proud of “Rush”. I think I did a really good job at giving that song emotion; the song really fits the title. That’s what I enjoy doing most.
Do you have any hidden talents?
ZS: Well, I like to think I write much better than the average 13 year old. I like to write stories, and I like to write lyrics for my songs but I’ve never gotten anyone to sing or rap them. I’ve tried rapping but I’m pretty bad at it. :p
And lastly, is there anything you’d like to say to your fans?
ZS: Thank you all, for getting me onto the radar, and make sure to check my youtube and soundcloud regularly. I’ll try to upload a song every 12 weeks. Happy listening!