Before he releases his new single worldwide, we managed to squeeze in a quick Q&A with yet another of Bournemouth’s thriving musical community. Namely, Zoltan Torre, or simply, ‘zoltan.’…
Half-Hungarian, half-Italian singer-songwriter zoltan. is set to release his latest single “Let You Win” – his sixth in total – worldwide from 4th July. Like its predecessors, it blends traditional pop, dance and electronic styles. But what is the story behind the musician’s artistic journey? We had a quick chat to find out…
WHERE ARE YOU FROM ORIGINALLY? WHEN DID YOU COME TO BOURNEMOUTH?
I’m originally from Italy — I’m half-Italian on my dad’s side and half-Hungarian on my mother’s side. I moved to the UK to study music production and I’ve been living here for four years now.
WHEN DID YOU FIRST REALISE THAT MUSIC WAS THE THING YOU WANTED TO DO?
Music has always been something that I wanted to do — I grew up around it. I was playing in two bands and started writing around when I was 13 or 14. I would say from that age is when I got more and more serious about it.
YOUR STYLE BLENDS POP, DANCE AND ELECTRONIC STYLES – WHAT INSPIRED THAT?
Honestly… I don’t really know! It sort of just happened like that. It might be that I was really into electronic dance music at some point and that’s around when I started making music with just my computer. I always get influenced by everything I hear, but I guess because I’m making music mostly with my laptop it feels more natural to go with more electronic sounds. Of course I try new things as well, and I’m expecting my sound to change as well, as I grow.
WHAT INSPIRED YOUR LATEST SINGLE, “LET YOU WIN”?
So many people ask me this question and I always say that nothing particular inspired me to write this song. I just wanted to make something fun that gets you moving. I found the guitar loop that you can hear at the start of the song, and me and my friend Jake immediately started working on it. Even what I talk about in the song doesn’t really relate to me. I imagine it to be about a night out, meeting someone and having that tension between the two, all just happening on that night only; maybe becoming a one-night stand.
HAVE YOU EVER COLLABORATED WITH OTHER LOCAL ARTISTS? AND IF NOT, WOULD YOU LIKE TO ONE DAY?
I have collaborated with a few artists; mostly people that I met during my studies like my friend Jake (a.k.a. Jakethefirst). But I like to meet new people and collaborate with more artists. For example, maybe with people who already have a small fan-base and already have more experience.
WHAT ARE THE NEXT STEPS FOR YOUR MUSICAL CAREER?
Trying to build a bigger audience. I think I still have a lot to say and sing about. Hopefully, after lockdown, I will be able to start playing shows around the area as well.
WHAT IS THE DREAM OR THE END GOAL FOR YOU AS A MUSICIAN?
Just to make music really and make people happy — hopefully to make them feel something, anyway! I could say that I want to win a Grammy or a BRIT, but at the end of the day — as cool as that would be — I don’t think that’s the main reason to do music at all. I definitely wouldn’t complain if I ever won one, though.
As a goal for myself, I would love to play on the Saturday Night Live stage. I’ve been a bit obsessed with that show for a while and it’s one of my dreams to play it.
“Let You Win“, the new single from zoltan. is available from 4th July 2020. Check out the artist’s pages on Facebook and Instagram to stay updated. More stories on music are available on HQB Media here. And you can also follow us on all our social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube.