Zayle Discusses Music, Relationships and Staying Sober in Exclusive Interview
Thanks for taking the time to speak with me today Zayle, there’s a lot we’d like to learn about your craft. First off, what got you into producing/music in general? How long have you been at it?
I started producing in 8th grade! Always loved playing the piano and to a lesser extent the trumpet.
Sounds like this has been your passion for a while. What are the driving forces that keep you creative?
Eighties music keeps me inspired as well as lots of isolation. I have this terrible habit of pushing people away and getting lost in my own head. It can be a curse at times.
Very interesting. You mentioned that a lot of your tracks were made during some dark times. Do you feel like your best work has come out of these rough patches?
Honestly yes. As a recovering alcoholic; I’ve had so many dark days so some of my deepest music has come from really intense pain and struggle. I’m just glad I have the outlet to express myself. Really uplifting.
In your track: “Do You Even Love Me?”, you proclaim: “Do I need to drink less? Should I let my heart rest?” How has the struggle to stay clean affected your creative process?
Initially I started off with writing about suicide, then drinking, then drugs. I’m just in such a happier place in my life with my loving relationship and am grateful to be alive and here today. I think I’d be lying to myself if I kept up with sadder subjects. Drinking was my demon and it had to stop.
Good insight. Did you get any inspiration for your tracks in rehab? Or was it tougher to stay creative during that time?
I spent a lot of downtime rethinking and rebuilding my vision for who I am and what I stand for. I’m just glad my music caught up with my actions.
What message in particular, if any, do you have for other musicians who struggle with substance issues?
It’s a hard industry to work in if you’re easily tempted. Stay strong and love yourself.
On the flip side, what are some lighter, more carefree times that have influenced your music? Are there other people who motivate you to continue your craft?
Melissa, my loving girlfriend who inspires me everyday to be the best I can be. Also lots of fam out here in Northern California. Flower Gang.
Glad to hear there’s been some upsides as well, gotta take the good with the bad. Let’s switch gears here and talk technical. What are your secrets for sound design? All of your tracks have a real crispness to them.
I really love Synplant and am an avid user of Massive. For my vocals I just remove the bass and leave the high. Also I leave a lot of space to let the track really breathe. Fucking hate clutter.
What was the most difficult thing for you to learn when starting out?
I can’t master to save my life. I get better slightly every time but ultimately I’m too stubborn to watch tutorials. I’ll fix it.
That’s what I hear from a lot of people. If there was anything you could change about the process you’ve taken to get where you are, what would it be?
Oh god! I would totally do it sober. Blacking out and waking up with dozens of tracks is daunting and unhealthy.
You mention how your signature sound is dubbed “flower bass.” Where did the idea for that nomenclature come from? What do you feel defines it?
Flower bass is an outlet for me to be vulnerable and show who I am authentically. I really write myself into these songs so I couldn’t think of a better genre name to describe it. It keeps changing because it’s wild.
You’re right that a lot of artists can hinder themselves by trying to sound a certain way. That’s why I admire your outside the box approach.
Be yourself. Wouldn’t want to be another ZAYLE. Unless he’s rich (laughs). Guess then I would.
Good deal. Well I really appreciate you taking the time to speak with me today. Anything else you’d like to convey to your followers and fans?
Stay safe in your homes. Nothing like some fun isolation. Slatt
Check out Zayle’s latest banging release here: https://soundcloud.com/justzayle/kodak-feat-bagsss
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