Interview with DJ Majed Zane
Majed Zane is a music producer known as “DJ ZANE”. Signed To major labels in Europe such as (Impressed Music records, Neoxdigital, Faxe Recordings, Yellow Light Music, Direct Memory, Exuding Recordings & few more…)
His music production falls in the House Music genre . Gaining inspiration from artists like Daft Punk, Duke Dumont, Empire of the Sun, DJ Zane sound is an infectious union of indie, deep house, nu disco and pop – full of fresh, experimental and sometimes tropical beats bound to revive the party spirit in anyone.
DJ Zane’s career started in Lebanon before it spread to Europe, sharing the decks with the biggest names in the DJing world.
His latest 3 tracks – signed to Neox Digital – skyrocketed to number one on the label page on Beatport just Days after their release making Dj Zane the number one most selling artist signed to the label.
We at Kingdome had the pleasure to interview DJ Zane.
How did it all begin?
It was always there. It was always in me. It was only a matter of time. Yes, I started playing in the night clubs in Lebanon. But it could have been anywhere. It was only a matter of time.
Where did the name come from?
We all come from somewhere. Zane is a name of one of my ancestries. That name always resonated with me.
What gave you that initial push to become a DJ?
I always had passion for music, and it showed. Everyone knew that about me, and I was called to help when it came to music. From school radio, to friends and family parties, to clubs to my own studio.
What genre would you describe your tracks?
House Music infused with a bit of me in it.
Who is your biggest inspiration? Who do you have a lot of respect for?
Hot Sense 82 makes and plays music that talks to me. I like to believe that my music could affect others the way his music affects me. There are others though that widened my horizon such as Armin Van Buuren even though I do not play his music.
What subgenre you think doesn’t get the attention it deserves?
I play a lot of Nudisco and people love it. Though they do not know what it is called, thus they don’t look for it. I would suspect that like Nudisco other subgenres get overlooked just because people do know what it is called.
What was the first event you ever played at?
A Family Event 1997
When you play is it a pre planned set or live?
I really cannot predict the mood of the event, then how can I pre plan it. It does not work that way with me. I start the event and allow it to affect me as much as I try to shape it. This is how my music comes out.
Which other countries have you played?
I have been around. And would like to travel even more. Though so far it has been mainly the Middle East.
What single night out has been the most memorable for you as a DJ?
There are a few ….:)
What is the best event you’ve played at?
It must have been opening for the American Pop Star Neyo. It was just a magical night for me; the crowd, the energy, just the whole thing was amazing.
What do you love about the scene?
There is something liberating about music. It makes people feel free and happy. I just love to see how people over the course of the event start loosening up and letting themselves feel and move with the music.
What is something that bugs you about the DJ scene?
People coming up to the DJ booth asking you to play this or that song. As if the DJ is just a person who plays records.
If you could eternally be stuck on one year’s music scene, which year would it be and why?
The year of Progressive House Music … 2008
What is one track that got popular that you can’t stand?
Call Me Maybe
What is one track that never gets old for you no matter how many times you hear it?
Without You by Mahmut Orhan
Out of all the tunes you have, which one “never fails”?
Consoul Trainin-Take Me to Infinity
What is your favorite tune of all time?
This is a hard question there are many
Are you able to share any of your secret tricks with me?
Sorting your record library by Key … extremely helpful
(Perhaps a little bit deeper of a question) What is your opinion regarding the difference between old school DJing where everything was restricted to vinyl and modern DJing where most tracks are never put on any physical medium before or after release?
I started with vinyl and still have my vinyl records …. And I ofetn get nostalgic.. though technology made music more accessible to more people which is a good thing .. but at the same time it added more pressure on the DJ as people’s expectation went through the roof … the amount of music under the DJ’s disposal now stored on a small hard drive made it all possible
(Follow up) Do you think this has hurt exclusivity of having a certain sound? A DJ’s ability to have a “unique” style? Is having your own style separate from all the other DJs out there even important in modern DJing?
We are now and here …. Technology is a force that we have to adapt to … people are often nostalgic to what was .. but that is gone .. better filed in memory and move forward …. I am in Kuwait and my music is heard and played all over the world thanks to technology
When all the partying is over how do you like to chill out?
Quite time at home alone
What do you do outside the dance music scene?
Soccer, workout, cooking, close friends
Where do you think the scene is headed? One year from now? Five years from now?
Its amazing now hopefully it will get better and better
What is one mistake you see a lot of up and coming DJ’s making?/What advice would you give them?
Copying others while they should be working hard on creating their own music and be more creative
It was a pleasure to have DJ Majed Zane as part of Kingdome.
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