This is not the first time that we've written about the young Italian producer Zoibaf; in fact, we recently covered the release of his most recent single, "Voices," which he produced in collaboration with TRUNG.
Today, we had the opportunity to sit down with Zoibaf himself to speak about his passion for music, and how it developed into the sound we know today.
EDM.com Exclusive Interview with Zoibaf:
Hi Zoibaf! Can you tell us a bit about when you first discovered your passion for music, and how it developed into what you create today?
Zoibaf: Sure! My passion for music started when I was just a child, I really enjoyed listening to songs and singing them, first in Italian and then later in English, even though I wasn't very good at it.
While growing up, I spent several years learning how to play piano and guitar, at that point in my life I was primarily listening to rock music.
In the summer of 2012, a friend of mine gave me a CD by David Guetta; that was when I first began to realize my passion for electronic music. During that same summer, I went to an Avicii concert, and it was that evening when I decided I would pursue music as a career.
I started DJing at various friends' parties, but that only lasted for so long before I knew that I needed to learn how to produce my own sounds. After many hours of trial and error, I managed to finish my first production, an electro-house record named "Infectious." It certainly was not very high quality, but I am still very attached and sentimental about it.
What are your favorite genres, and what kind of music do you typically produce?
My favorite genre is undoubtedly progressive house. Over the years, I have produced a very wide variety of music ranging from electro house and big room to trap, progressive house, and even future bass.
Initially, I could not achieve the results that I wanted with my progressive house songs, so I decided to try my hand at other genres. Fortunately, I've improved since then and can now create the songs I want to listen to. You never stop learning, so I hope to improve a lot more!
What artists are you currently most inspired by?
There are a lot of artists that I listen to and am inspired by, some main examples would be Nicky Romero, Martin Garrix, Manse, and Stadiumx.
The artist who has inspired me the most would most definitely be Avicii; his music made me incredibly passionate about this world, and my music grew dramatically by listening to his songs.
His death was a major blow to me, and I think this is true for many artists and fans alike.
One of your most successful tracks to date is the single "Break Through." Can you tell us about this song?
"Break Through" is one of the songs that I like the most. I worked with a singer called Jex on the vocal, and I really like the result!
The drop is very melodic and perfectly compliments Jex' vocals; even the video made for the song, shot in Mallorca, is an excellent representation of songs overall rhythm and vibe.
You've released various genres in collaboration with TRUNG - we've already talked about "Voices," can you tell us a bit about "Remedy?"
I think that TRUNG is a great producer, and I find it very easy and exciting to work with him; "Remedy" was the first track we worked on together. He sent me this idea for a song, and it all came together when I found a voice that would mesh perfectly with the instrumental.
I really think that AXYL brought the record to life, the vocal was excellent and I think it added more feeling to an already emotional song.
You told us that Avicii is your favorite artist, can you tell us about the remix you recently made for his track "Heaven"?
Tim was very important for my musical growth, and I was fortunate enough to see his live show twice, it was always an incredibly unique and magical experience. With his death, electronic music has lost one of its greatest artists.
As soon as I heard the preview of "Heaven," the song that he created in collaboration with Chris Martin, I decided that I wanted to work on my own version.
I came up with the idea for a remix, and then I looked for a singer with a voice that could make an authentic cover of the song. Hennri was the singer I chose, and I managed to release the remix the same day that the album "TIM" was released.
Do you deal only with production right now, or do you also have some live dates?
Unfortunately, in Italy, electronic music is not at a level of popularity that is conducive to touring; the chances of performing live are relatively minor at this point in my career. By making songs in English, I try to spread my music abroad where these genres are most appreciated, and I hope to soon be able to bring my music on tour.