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How and when did you get started with exploring the EDM scene?

I remember listening to those old school “Tranzworld” CDs as a kid, that was probably my first taste haha! But I’d say it was about 3 years ago when I really got back into it! I became interested in making my own dance music, so I started with mashups and progressed to original productions.

I know you have only been producing your own originals for the past year now. How has the process been?

I can best describe the process as lots of coffee and many headaches haha!! But in all seriousness, it takes a lot of time to see big improvements in production. I try and put as much time into it every single day, whether its actually producing in Logic or watching/reading tutorials regarding specific production technique. I’m finally reaching a point where I’m somewhat “proud” of my work and I think it sounds solid enough to share with others…took a while but was worth the wait!

BRKLYN is a serious tune for someone who has learned the trade in such a short time, it seems like you developed your own type of sound with that track—Do you expect to continue to explore more with that style, or will Zack Edward stick to the melodic-feel good stuff?

I think the Zack Edward “sound” is going to be a mixture of both! I love the hard hitting tracks that work so well in a club, but at the same time, I love making melodic vocal tracks that people can enjoy at home, or in their car. I think the most important thing is to just make great music…regardless of the genre/sound!

Where does your inspiration for a track come from?

It’s always different. Sometimes it comes from me humming in the shower, and other times its from listening to another song. I do find the best ideas come when I just work and don’t think too much…I basically just let my mind and hands go to work and more often than not those are my best ideas!

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You are pretty much the ‘Mashup King’ having support from Hardwell to Deniz Koyu to Thomas Gold to name a few. What are some tips for getting your Mashups out there in the right hands? Is it loo late for new artists to break into the industry solely off Mashups/Edits?

Thanks! Thats a big compliment haha! I’d agree with you in the sense that you can’t make it solely off mashups anymore…production is a must! However, while you’re learning to produce, making mashups is a GREAT way to show your creativity and talent! Try not to send everything you make to big DJs…they’ll quickly get sick of seeing your stuff pop up in their mailbox every few days. I find what works best is to basically send out promo once a month, with only your BEST work, 1 or 2 tracks max!! Take the time to personalize each promo email as well…it goes a longggg way!

Which DJs/Producers are your biggest inspirations?

Definitely some of these big up and coming talents, like: MAKJ, Henry Fong, and Dzeko & Torres. Mack is definitely the one who got me into making mashups, and then onto productions. I’ve tried to follow in his footsteps from the beginning and I love what he’s done. He’s proven to people you can go from a mashup DJ to a top producer in a matter of years!

Any upcoming releases or collabs you can tell us about?

I actually have two collabs that I’m REALLY excited about, can’t drop anything too specific but I can give some hints haha! One is an instrumental track with my boy whose already been ranked in the top 100 DJ Mag poll…the other is a vocal BOMB with another up and coming talent, as well as one of the best vocalists out there right now…can’t wait for these releases!

Any predictions for the future of Electronic Dance Music?

It’s like anything, it will continue to evolve. I don’t see it disappearing anytime soon, but it will definitely continue to change and as producers, we must change and adapt our sounds as well!! I can say for sure, the big kick days are over haha! The groove is coming back and I can’t wait for it!

What can we expect from ‘Zack Edward’ in 2014?

A lot of original material! I won’t stop putting out these mashups, but the focus is going to be on my productions. I’ve held back sharing a lot of original work because I wanted to improve my sound design as best I can. Now, I really think this year will my opportunity to share these tracks with you and hopefully everyone loves them!

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I know you just recently played your first major festival in South Africa and are soon to be in Italy! How do you stay fit while on the road?

It’s tough! I’m still so new to all of this and I’m not taking care of my body right now like I should be haha! I think the most important thing is to really try and eat as best you can, whenever you can. I also try and drink plenty of water during the day…hydration is key!

Would you say exercise helps improve your creativity in the studio?

I actually break up my studio sessions everyday with a trip to the gym. It’s always important to step away from the speakers when you’ve been sitting there too long and going to the gym is my getaway of choice! Usually after a workout, I feel great, and its been a major help in me coming back to projects and being able to finish them up!

What’s your Favorite Healthy Meal?

Grilled chicken and asparagus for sure!! I eat it just about everyday hahaha!! I also love oatmeal in the morning…I’m a man of routine haha!

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I know you are an advocate of healthy living, what is your favorite aspect of the Fit Lifestyle?

Healthy living really does an great job balancing your energy levels. Whenever I go through these spurts of not working out, I find myself to be tired all day long. With the weird hours many DJ/Producers work, being fit and in shape should be a priority! I’m glad it’s something that has become a major part of my daily routine!

What do you do when you are not working on music?

Haha I’m actually a HUGE nerd and all I really do lately is work on music! I do enjoy hanging out with friends, etc…but for real, I’m always working on music 🙂

Favorite inspirational quote if any?

I have two that I love:
“Never Satisfied”
“Make Time, Not Excuses”

Give us the ‘Zack Edward’ workout:

It used to be a lot of chest and biceps, however, over the years I’ve gotten older and adapted my workouts hahaha! Being that I sit in front of a computer all day, I spend way more time doing cardio at the gym rather than lifting weights. I’ll normally do weight training 2-3 times a week, with the rest of the days geared towards cardio!

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