The Power of Music - Local Artist, Zaytek
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The Electronic music scene has been around for several decades now and has seen many producers rise to prominence over the years. In recent times, we have seen a surge of new talent enter the scene, bringing fresh sounds and innovative ideas to the table. Today, we have the pleasure of speaking with one such rising talent - Geno Rojas, otherwise known as Zaytek. Zaytek is an electronic music producer who has been making waves in the house music scene. He got into the genre during his undergraduate years at the University of Maryland and has been hooked ever since. His passion for music has been a driving force in his life, and he has made it his mission to create music that speaks to his soul. I had the pleasure of speaking with Zaytek to learn more about his music, his creative process, and his future goals in the industry.
What genre of music do you produce and what got you into this specific genre? When did you start?
“I have been obsessed with house music ever since I discovered it when I was in undergrad at University of Maryland - College Park. I remember times when I wanted to go see a DJ so bad and I couldn’t find someone else to go with, so I would just go by myself. It was always about the music to me. After a couple years of just being another cog in the corporate wheel, I decided to chase my passion and begin producing house music myself.”
How has music as a whole influenced your life?
“I’m one of those people that starts and ends my day with music. I listen to it at the gym. I crank up the volume when I’m in the car. I connect and make relationships with people through music, both business and personal. Music dictates where I choose to spend my free time, and the trips that I plan. Truth be told, I don't know where I would be without it.” He explained.
It's clear that music is an integral part of Zaytek's life. From the moment he wakes up to the moment he goes to bed, music is there with him. It's not just a hobby or a passion, but a way of life. His deep connection to music is reflected in the dedication and commitment he brings to his own music production, striving to create something that not only makes him happy, but can connect with others as well."
Can you describe what your music making process looks like?
“Every good session starts with a cup of coffee and a candle being lit. Once the energy is right, I start creating. Given that, when I make house music I usually start with the drums. I need to make sure those are hitting before I do anything else. If you don’t want to move your body to just the drum groove then something is wrong! From there, I try to establish some main lead elements to shape the overall track idea. Once I have a few of the main lead elements down I’ll begin arranging out the track.”