Fashion Model Turned New Wave Pop Phenom Zander Bleck Talks With TMI

What inspired you to try music?

Having grown up in a musical family, music was always in my blood. Growing up, I was more an athlete than a musician, but as soon as I decided to take singing seriously, I fell in love and never looked back.

How would you describe your musical style?

It’s pop rock I suppose. It’s a combination of a lot of different genres. It’s a bit of a classic sound with a modern twist.

What artists do you look up to right now?

I love Coldplay – Chris Martin I think is the best songwriter of our time. I think Imagine Dragons are doing some cool stuff. But there are tons of indie artists that are making amazing music that inspire me every day. It’s a wonderful time in music.

What was it like having your father work in the music industry?

He was minimally involved by the time I was born, but there was always this mystique, this allure to the “Music Industry” – I wanted more.

What made you decide to move to New York City at age 17 with only $400 in your pocket?

I knew pretty early on that college wouldn’t be for me. New York City was where I knew I had to get my education. I pushed it and just jumped in head first. But life has a way of working itself out when you go for it 100%.

What was it like being a model while trying to establish a name for yourself in the music industry?

It took a very long time to be taken seriously. At first I wouldn’t even mention that I modeled at all. But nowadays all has changed and that kind of background helps. I am just so grateful that I was able to pay the bills with modeling to allow me to do music.

You just released your new single “Mercy Me”. How did this song come about and what’s the meaning of the song?

I am very very excited about “Mercy Me.” I wanted to write a love song to the music business. It’s a fun to sing and perform, and a bit different from the music I have released in the past.

Do you plan on releasing any more new music soon?

Yes, I should have an EP out by the end of summer!

Are you planning to go on tour to promote your new songs?

Yes, for sure – I am actually in Dubai as I type this doing a few performances, but by summer I hope to be on a proper tour.

How do you prepare for a live performance?

I don’t drink any coffee. I try to get a small work out in. Get as zen as possible.

Have you had a performance that has stood out to you above all others?

A lot of shows really stick out, but I think if you ask me in 6 months I’ll have a way better answer.

What’s the feeling you get when performing live in front of your supporters?

It’s really one of the greatest feelings ever.

Does your fanbase have a name?

No, but I need one! Any ideas?

How do you want your relationship to be with your fans?

I want to inspire them to chase their dreams and have the best lives ever. I want to also take them on the ride with me and show them all the wonderful places I get to see.

What was the craziest fan encounter you have had?

I’d rather not say!

What social media platform do you use most to stay connected to your fans?

Instagram I think is best. They keep making it better and better.

What’s an average day for you look like?

It’s really hard to say because every day is so different. Right this second, I am waking up in Dubai with my band about to shoot an acoustic video in the streets. I really don’t like routines, so I try to keep it interesting as much as possible.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I enjoy photography a lot. I take my camera with me everywhere. I love the outdoors: I hike, I surf, I live to travel. I watch a lot of films. I do yoga. I love animals.

What impact do you want to have on the music world?

I would like to really stick my flag in the dirt and have my voice reach millions of people worldwide. I want to make people happy, I want to make people inspired, I want to write those songs that are the soundtracks to people’s lives.

What goals have you set out for yourself in your career and in your personal life?

I am shooting for the absolute stars. I have to pause and look around from time to time to realize that I am living such a dream and remind myself how lucky I am. It’s easy to lose sight of it all and always want more and more. There are many many things I haven’t even begun to achieve, but I am also living in the present as much as possible.

How has this whole music career experience been so far?

It’s been really wild. I’ve come up in a really fast changing music business, so it has been a very turbulent ride. Right now, I think things have settled a little and I am right where I want to be.

Do you have any advice for aspiring artists?

Fight the desire to sound or look like your heroes. Put all your energy into being yourself. Sounds so cliché, but it’s really true. Find that thing that you can do better than anyone else. Everybody has something. You have to go and find that.

Do you have any last things you went to tell your supporters?

Give 5 compliments today to random people and see how good it makes you feel. Other than that, hope to see you and sing for you very soon!

Thanks for taking the time to do this interview! 🙂

Thank you so much for talking to me 🙂

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