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Oct. 8, 2021

Interview with Ben Zaidi

We had the pleasure of interviewing Ben Zaidi over Zoom video! 

BEN ZAIDI’S NEW SINGLE “GOING ON GONE” OUT NOW!

DEBUT ALBUM PRODUCED BY TONY BERG DUE
2022 ON NETTWERK

Emerging Brooklyn-based artist Ben Zaidi unveils a new song from his...


We had the pleasure of interviewing Ben Zaidi over Zoom video! 

BEN ZAIDI’S NEW SINGLE “GOING ON GONE” OUT NOW!

DEBUT ALBUM PRODUCED BY TONY BERG DUE
2022 ON NETTWERK

Emerging Brooklyn-based artist Ben Zaidi unveils a new song from his forthcoming Tony Berg-produced debut album. Listen/share “Going on Gone” HERE and watch/share the official lyric video HERE.

Zaidi explains the song was inspired by a drunken moment on the beach in Florida, which was “interrupted by a sudden vision of mortality and climate apocalypse. The desire to detach from reality and live with your headphones on is strong.”

The track follows first single “Ben Zaidi’s Blues;” Watch/share the video HERE.

Zaidi’s debut album is set for release in 2022 on Nettwerk, and was produced by Tony Berg (Phoebe Bridgers, Peter Gabriel, Beck) and recorded at Los Angeles’ Sound City Studios along with backing band members Ethan Gruska, Sebastian Steinberg (Fiona Apple,) saxophonist Sam Gendel and Kane Ritchotte (Portugal. The Man.) More details to come.

Watch Zaidi perform live at KEXP HERE.

Born and raised in Seattle, Zaidi is a Harvard-educated poet whose debut album explores a variety of themes: death, racial identity, quarter-life changes and the loss of innocence that comes with a rapidly decaying planet. Growing up with a lot of Northwest music influences, ultimately lyric-heavy albums such as Bob Dylan’s The Times They Are A-Changin’ and The Freewheelin Bob Dylan, as well as Joni Mitchell’s Blue, were in heavy rotation while writing his new album.

Much of the record was influenced by a long drive down I-95 from Brooklyn to Florida to visit a friend who had been diagnosed with Stage IV non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and going through chemo. “And that obviously was the first smack in the face of, ‘Oh, we're not invincible anymore’ It's not like, ‘Oh our whole life is ahead of us stretching out in front of us,’ but instead there is a certain frailty that this is all precariously balanced on. And I think the album's grappling with that.” More details to come soon.

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