When it comes to deep, ethereal iterations of electronic music, ZONE+ is a bag full of tricks. Following an impressive run of career releases on the likes of Anjunadeep, All Day I Dream and Akbal over the past few years, the hotly-tipped Bahraini DJ and producer now announces his long awaited debut on MDLBEAST’s WTR imprint, with the unveiling of his remarkable new single, Forever.
Landing on the burgeoning Saudi label for his eagerly anticipated inaugural outing, the exquisite single-sided package represents an incredible showcase in dynamic, organic house music from one of the most exciting, in-form producers in electronic music today. A strikingly nuanced cut, replete with polyphonic textures, multifaceted rhythms and a chugging groove that bolsters the record across its eight-minute duration, ZONE+ delivers in spades once again, penetrating the soul with his warm tones and exemplary use of timbre.
We caught up with ZONE+ to find out more.
ZONE+ it’s great to chat with you. The past couple of years have been strange to navigate, especially for dance music. What’s kept you going and fuelled your creativity over lockdown?
It was a scary time for sure but music never dies , so it gave me time to learn and become better and be prepared with fresh music and sounds , also with MDL freqways & all day I stream , it kept me going and the connection with the people stayed strong
We can hear from your latest release ‘Forever’ on WTR that the type of music you make is deep, organic and almost spiritual. What sort of spaces did you see yourself dreaming of when making this?
Fantasy world, where we communicate with minimal frequencies
What techniques do you experiment with to get your original sound?
I create a lot of my drums in advance and keep using them until I create new ones but experiment with all types of production tools , sky’s the limit
What are some of your favourite pieces of studio gear?
Right now it’s the MKII Elektron Rytm, Moog Minitaur
Tell us more about your relationship with the label, WTR. How did you connect?
I always support all initiatives by MDL because they started something great and always finding ways to grow educate and support the scene, Also working with Label that loves your music from before is the best team to work with , Munira al Moammar and team are so professional , Proactive , it was fun and excited for whats next with WTR
What’s the electronic music scene like in Bahrain currently?
It’s underground, intimate at most times, the crowd are friendly, it’s always nice to throw an event and play in Bahrain
Dance music is such a community driven scene, not just on the dance floor but behind the scenes too. Who are you currently listening to, or being inspired by?
There no specific labels or anything just good music , I’m always on the hunt for new fresh original music so whatever I stumble upon , defiantly electronic music from the 90’s inspire me these days , some of them are just timeless and out of this world
Is there anyone you’re itching to work with?
Maybe Giegling record label from Germany, always been a fan of their music and artists.
What can we expect from ZONE+ in 2022?
Fresh new music
ZONE+ – Forever is out now via WTR / MDLBEAST Records