Beautiful new singer-songwriter Zeya is set to showcase her music to more than 100,000 people over the next six months so we had to get in on the action!FemaleFirst caught up with her to find out about her new single and album, Commotion By The Ocean and skinny dipping in Canada.
Tell me a little bit about your new single DreamsThe single is being released with two bonus tracks so basically its a three track EP which is available to download from my website now.
So what have you been getting up to in order to promote the new single?Well the whole journey has been a massive thing and recently we went and played for our family friends and business associates in Canada and they had heard about us and they wanted us to go and sing Dreams at this festival called Commotion By The Ocean and so we went over and sang and everyone sang along because they had been listening to it on the internet.I was like this star out there and everyone kept saying weve heard so much about you. So it was all very exciting. We also doubled it up with making a film for YouTube with me tying in with the theme of dreams; so I went jumping out of aeroplanes, trekking in the rain forest, skinny dipping and all sorts of things. So its been a great experience and the excuse is that I have to do wild things to go along with my song! Its fabulous.
To anyone who hasnt heard of you yet, how would you describe your sound?
Its pretty modern stuff. I associate myself with female power ballads like Pink and Christina Aguilera but just a good English version.
So are you planning on recording an album?
Yes, we have more than an albums worth of material which we tick over in the background producing as we go but basically all of this is being done as an unsigned artist, were following the route of Sandi Thom who did it all through internet downloads and is hailed as one of the best unsigned artists so its a similar concept.
Basically when the showcase gigs come around thats when Ill be pitched to the highest bidders of the record companies and when that happens they will dictate the album and its pace so we have all the material and now were just awaiting their instruction.
So youre an unsigned artist, do you have another job on the side?
Im an accountant. Thankfully its slowly reducing as the music picks up but I did a night course for a few years to have my own business. I have my own book keeping business to keep me ticking over and its very much a Clark Kent situation; if I go into work with my glasses on and my hair scraped out talking about balance sheets and then I say have a look on my website and they see the other side of me!
When I perform its like Im peeling off this mask and I go wild, I absolutely love it.
Where would you like to be in 10 years time?
Well in the best dream of the world I would be up there with Madonna and Cher (those one-named wonders) and Im hoping Zeya will be next.
Wow! So youre halfway there!
Well yeah, and its my real name too! It has really helped with marketing.
So whats in the near future for you?
There are three tracks available for download and were already having loads of downloads (more than we ever expected)
So what would you really like to achieve?
I would love to have a number one, I would just die and have to be revived! It would most definitely be an aim of mine but I think my most immediate aim is to be able to work in the industry and sustain my life through my music. I just love the journey and the music is so exciting and I love to perform, to be able to do that and it be my life would be amazing.
I watch things like X Factor and all that crap and I just think theyre all so dreadful and Im not egotistical by any means but I look at them and think please God, tell me Im better than that!
Well I think most of the population is better than some of that! So you wont be duetting with any of them soon then? But if you did have the chance to collaborate with any other singer, who would it be?
It might be a bit of a sad revelation but I love the likes of Meat Loaf and Aerosmith - singing I Dont Wanna Miss A Thing with Steve Tyler would be legendary!
There are so many bands trying to make it in the music industry at the moment; what makes you different from everyone else?
Well I get asked this quite a lot and its more difficult than you think to answer because Im not very egotistical so its difficult to say something positive about yourself but I have to in order to sell myself! Basically Im very bold and I talk a lot and Im always laughing and I have a huge smile so people call me Piranha and Teethy because I have far too many teeth and I have huge brown eyes so I look like a Disney character.
We ask everyone we interview to come up with a question for the next person we interview....and Paul Kaye wants to know; Where were you on Saturday night because I was waiting for you?
I was in Canada skinny dipping at midnight and a shooting star came across the full moon right in front of me!
Aww, thats super romantic, so finally, what would you like to ask the next person I interview?
What would you put on bread and why?
Find what Colin MacIntyre would like on his bread very soon!
FemaleFirst - Ruth Harrison