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What made you decide to become a soloist?

First of all my upbringing, I come from a musical family heavily influenced by gospel choirs and people who could REALLY sing from Aretha Franklin to Whitney Houston to Prince, but also a lot of modern-day influences such as the late Juice Wrld, Post Malone & Jaden Smith just to name a few

Introduce us to you and your musical history?

So I’m Jerome 23 from South London, most of my friends just call me Jay and I go by the stage name Zinqq! I’ve been making music for about ¾ years now and I’m hoping 2022 is the year things change for me

What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?

If I’m honest none! I still consider myself an unknown so if someone was curious to know anything about me then who am I to say no to any questions even if they’re all the same! My answer could change overnight!

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? 

If watching them on youtube counts then yes! But I’ve tried to chill out a lot more recently so I’ve been staying away from those 4 am binge-watches,

What useless party trick do you have? 

I can make my hairband “jump” from one finger to another with “magic”

What was the most fun you have had on stage?

At the time of this interview, I did my first performance yesterday and honestly can’t wait for the next one!

What was the worst experience on stage?

Forgetting to breathe…don’t recommend 

Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about? 

I run a video production company working with some of the biggest content creators in the United Kingdom

If you had to describe your band/music to an alien how would you describe it? 

The type of music you listen to when you don’t know whether you want to be sad or happy

What makes you stand out as a Artist?

I feel where I come from no one is making the music that I make or has a sound that’s similar to mine so hopefully put in front of the right audience I’ll find the people who just want to listen to me more and more

Right now, what’s pissing you off the most? (Can’t say the virus )

Not being able to travel! I used to travel a lot and that’s where a lot of my inspiration comes from so yeah that sucks

What’s your favourite song to play live and why?

Dancing with the devil as it has one of my favourite verses I’ve ever written (on a song that’s been released that is)

I hear you have a new single, what can you tell us about it?

Don’t Step On The Cracks is a playful upbeat song based upon finally feeling good about yourself after realising one’s self-worth and also letting go of baggage that was previously holding you back

Talk me through the thought process of the single

I wanted it to have a fun laid back feel and what greater way of doing so than using a popular playground chant that many of us would be familiar with

What was the recording process like?

I wrote the second verse first and it was going to be at the start of the song but then I felt like it gave the song a whole new meaning when I came up with the intro and essentially the hook so with some arrangement changes I feel it transitions a lot better now!

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single?

The biggest learning curve as mentioned before is taking into consideration the feel for the song and when to fluctuate dynamics to hopefully make the listener listen to the song from start to finish

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

I would get a REAL kids choir if possible! I just sang in a high pitched voice and layered it and I think I did a good job! But maybe going back to my old school and asking to record some kids singing for a future track is defo on my agenda!