theaussieword.com’s special interview with Zain Mitchlan.
Tell us how it all started. What had you first interested in music? When I was six I use to sing to my Kasey Chambers CD while going to sleep every night. From that my parents could hear me singing and decided to get me singing lessons. From then on I haven’t looked back. 2008 was when I saw my first main arena show being the “I’m Not Dead” tour by Pink. Ever since that day I have been in awe of what love music can do, and how it can be so inspiring and entertaining to watch.
What motivates or influences you in your quest to make great music? Initially my main motivation was to entertain and to create an amazing atmosphere for people to enjoy. Now since being on the tour Australian Teen Expo tour, I’m also becoming more and more driven to share my stories, so that I can help others to feel like they are not alone. I love the fact that with just a song I can make someone feel understood, and that drives me to go so much further.
What are your biggest goals you hope to accomplish as an artist? It has always been my goal to be performing my music all around the world, and just bringing fun and entertainment to everyone’s lives. I want to be able to be apart of not just the music industry, but also all forms of entertainment industry, I just love to get out there and have fun.
Success, what is the secret to it? This is interesting I think I’m still learning this myself. Things that make me feel like I’m having some success, is when I love what I’m doing and I can see it making a difference in others lives. I also think a key point is to be on your own side, just to be clear to yourself of why your doing something really helps to keep you motivated.
What has been your biggest career highlight so far? Self-releasing my first single “Let Me Out OF Here”. This song I wrote in my bedroom about wanting to get my music and my experiences out from beyond my bedroom walls. I love the irony in it, as it’s the song that did exactly that, and I’ll be forever grateful for it.
Which stars of the music industry do you find inspiring? As mentioned earlier Pink is someone I’ve always looked up to. She taught me how to be honest in my song writing, to break that wall down and write for yourself. I’m drawn to not just artists but people who are able to take that next step and not just learn from their experiences, but to also teach them. I feel that making yourself vulnerable like this is a brave thing to do, and for that I’m inspired.
The music industry is huge, where do you see yourself a few years from now? You’re right the music industry can sometimes feel so overwhelming, however that is what excites me more then anything. The never-ending opportunities and people this industry has brought to my life is amazing. Where do I see myself in this industry in a few years time? Expanding on what I’m doing what I am doing now, exploring, learning and giving back everything I can. I’d love that in a few years that my passion and love will be able to support me completely to keep pushing me as far as I can, and of course selling out Madison square gardens hahaha.
The shape of the music industry has changed significantly over the years, including the use of social media, how do you feel about the industry as a whole and what does it mean to you in getting your records out into the public eye? I feel it’s given so much more control back to the artist, which at some points can feel like too much, but the freedom social media gives to express yourself is amazing. In terms of streaming yeah it doesn’t really provide a great income for song writers, however it dose allow our music to be herd throughout the globe to those who may not have ever herd our music before, which is a huge benefit.
Name a few of your favourite Aussie artists. I went through a huge stage of Missy Higgins, the way she writes her lyrics moves me every time. She does what I love with song writing, she tells stories. Guy Sebastian voice just makes me so jealous hahaha. His latest album Madness has a song titled ‘One Of Us’, I think this song is so cleverly written and is such a great song altogether I play it all the time. Finally Troy Sivan, again I’m such a lyrics person, his song ‘Heaven’ has such an awesome message in it stating ‘if I have to loose apart of me (sexuality) then maybe I don’t want heaven, portraying the idea of staying true to you and not changing for an idea, I think that is a great message.
What can we expect from you in the coming months? Any plans to tour? So excited as I’m working on my next single which I can’t wait to release, it’s the first slow ballad I’ll be releasing. As well as this we start the next length of the A
ustralian Teenage Expo tour, and we are off to Brisbane then NSW, so much fun getting out there and meeting so many new kids around Australia.
Tell us a bit about your latest record, how would you best describe your music? My latest release called ‘Memory’ is all about the realization of having to let ‘the one’ go only because of timing, and the self-destruct that can follow. The best way to describe my music is Pop, that’s because the majority of my influences are main steam and that comes through in my song writing.
Do you have any new projects in the pipeline? I’m in the stage now of creating a video for memory. I love this side of music because it such a different side to creativity which I love exploring. Through my first original video clip ‘Let ME Out Of Here’ I got so many new ideas on how I want to film my new video, so I can’t wait for everyone to see it.
Thanks for the interview! What final message do you have for us today? I want to say a huge thank you for your support, and I’m so excited to see what’s next 🙂