BCBD had the pleasure and honor of interviewing Zaeed Zubair – one of the newest rising stars of electronic music in Bangladesh. A master of trance Music, he lives by the motto, “Channel positivity, Breathe in Inspiration, Speak through music.” And he really does speak through his music. His music, comprising of modern styles combined with the zest of our native culture has touched souls throughout the country. In our interview with him, take a look at what he has to say to you all:
How did it all start for you?
“Well, it all started quite early on in my life. I’ve always been passionate about music ever since I can remember. As a kid, I grew up listening to The Beatles and would always play or sing their songs to everyone. Was always keen about how the music behind all the great songs were actually made. Eventually I managed to decipher that and got into Music Production. I started producing Trance music soon. “Electronic Dance Music” production and DJ’ing go hand in hand. So that’s how I eventually got into DJ’ing. Released a couple of tracks and got signed to a label. That’s how people know me now I guess.”
And now you have been signed by the country’s biggest record label! What do you have to say about that? How does it feel to be blessed with such an honor?
“Feels great! The people over at Incursion Music and Electro are amazing. Such a pleasure to know and work with them!”
Amazing. Now we’d love to hear about your biggest inspirations. Whose music do you admire the most?
“My biggest inspirations and musical influences would be – Above and Beyond, Celldweller, Armin Van Buuren, Aly and Fila, Sean Tyas, Ilan Bluestone, Trent Reznor, Hans Zimmerp, John Lennon.”
Wow this is surely a tremendous bunch of artists. So, Zaeed, you’ve been awarded as the artist of the month by Dhaka Electronic Scene and also your first ever promo DJ mix grabbed top positions in 5 worldwide top charts. You’re basically over the top with your own formulas. What exactly is your goal?
“When it comes to releasing music, I always try to make sure I step a little out of the box with my ideas. The DES artist of the month thing happened because of my Trance\Dubstep remake of “Amaro Porano”. It managed to grab everyone’s interest, because it was something they never quite heard before. As for the Promo Mix, I just wanted to share the tracks I was playing a lot in my live sets.
It ended up doing well internationally on Mixcloud.
My future goals would be to release a lot more original music and try to immerse the people of Bangladesh into Trance and EDM, as well as establishing myself internationally.”
Now, we all know every profession comes with its highs and lows. Being a Dj, what is something that bugs you about the scene?
“The fact that there isn’t really much of a “scene” here to begin with. It’s really difficult for artists and DJ’s to thrive and move forward with their careers here. The lack of proper events which showcase real dance music are quite far between. However things are starting to change as more people are slowly getting involved & trying to create a proper scene.”
So where do you see yourself in 10 years? And tell us more about your motto.
“Hopefully in 10 years, i’ll already have achieved my major goals/targets with both music and life in general. Also by then to make a considerable impact and contribution to the industry on a global scale.
My motto which is “Channel positivity, breathe in inspiration, speak through music” basically stands for three things which I like to prioritize and follow. Staying positive, acquiring useful inspirations, and making a connection through music.”
and when we asked him about his advice to aspiring DJs, he added:
“Don’t be a jukebox for people but make sure the crowd can connect with the type of music you’re playing. Try to differentiate yourself from other local DJ’s as much as possible. That way you’ll offer something unique and will always be in demand.
I see a lot of young kids starting out only playing all the major mainstream hits at parties. It’s better to dig deep and look for some underground tracks and remixes. If utilized well in a set, it always leaves a great impression on the crowd.”
Zaeed Zubair is the latest fad in our country and to our country’s electronic music scene. Starting from Chittagong, right to our hearts. His music speaks to us of empowerment and passion. He is preaching trance music throughout the scene and is surely doing a tremendous job with it.
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Some of his most renowned releases concludes:
“Amaro Porano” in collaboration O.E.Z and featuring singer Srabonti Ali.
“Biporite” in collaboration with singer Minar Rahman.
“She doesn’t ignite” his mashup of Sean Paul and Dannic.
Go follow him on:
Website – www.zaeedzubair.com
He’ll be performing for “Electronic Propaganda” on 11th February 2016 at the Goethe Institute Bangladesh. [German Cultural Center]
Make sure you drop by and experience his live electronic music.
Register for the event here: http://www.imdhaka.com/electronic-propaganda/