In a recent fortune cookie, Los Angeles pop-funk artist Eric Zayne was told his “talents will be recognized and rewarded.” And if he keeps on this groovy path that he’s created, we feel that fortune is absolutely accurate! With a new EP (Between Us) released on September 30th, A Music Blog, Yea? spoke with Eric after the EP release party to talk about what’s new, songs about desire, becoming deeply honest in lyrics, and his love for vinegar.
AMBY: Hello Eric, cheers for speaking with us. What have you been up to?
Eric Zayne: Hi guys. Well I just had my EP release party last weekend at the House of Blues. It was a big success for me – me and the band rehearsed really hard and definitely put on our best show yet. The response was just amazing. Our hard work is finally paying off.
AMBY: Which songs are your favourite off your new EP Between Us?
Eric Zayne: That’s a tough one. Maneater was the first time I created a song that encompasses all my influences, from rock to pop to electronics. I never did that before, usually sticking in between some boundaries. So I’m very proud of that song. And Diggin U as the first song on the EP- I feel like it represented the whole spectrum of what’s to come on the record.
AMBY: What’s the story behind your latest single Neptune?
Eric Zayne: Neptune is about desire. Reaching for the unattainable, “you’re my Neptune, glowing out far, calling me closer” It’s flirting with the idea of always wanting something elusive.
AMBY: You’ve had the chance of jamming with artists like Matisyahu, Dragonette, The Stereos, and Ace of Base. But who would your dream jam-session be with?
Eric Zayne: Ah! So many, Prince!, Frank Ocean, Theophilus London, Janelle Monae, Miguel, and maybe Bob Marley and Chopin (do they have to be alive?)
AMBY: You recently wrote how “I’ve allowed myself to become deeply honest in my lyrics.” Which lyric of yours do you most relate to?
Eric Zayne: The whole song So Strange. I’m sure many artists can relate to the feeling of waking up one day and feeling outside yourself looking in wondering how you got out. Somedays I just feel crazy and I don’t know why, maybe I want too much, maybe I’m too much of a perfectionist, but these lyrics talk about one of those days. I’m constantly in a struggle with my head, somedays I wish I could cut it off, it would be more peaceful that way.
AMBY: Where do you usually gather songwriting inspiration?
Eric Zayne: When I first started hearing music I heard a song against the ruckus in a construction sight. I can make melodies out of everything, as for lyrics, I take from my personal experience more and more instead of making stuff up. It’s more satisfying and more honest.
AMBY: Has there ever been a song you wish you wrote? And if so, which song?
Eric Zayne: Yes there’s been a few, the latest one is by Frank Ocean ‘Bad Religion’ Its rare that I hear a song that moves me so deeply. Its SO well written, so intelligent and current. I love it. I’ve always been interested in the spiritual/social/religious culture and how it affects us. I think that song captures in very well.
AMBY: You are allowed to say one sentence, which will reach the whole world. What would you say?
Eric Zayne: Dare to be yourself because you’re enough.
AMBY: What’s your favourite release of they year?
Eric Zayne: So far it’s Lorde. I can’t stop listening to the album, it’s so minimal and the melodies are fresh.
AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about Eric Zayne that nobody knows yet?
Eric Zayne: I love vinegar so much that I drink it out of the bottle.
Thank you Eric Zayne, for giving us your answers!
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