2022 has been a momentous year for Chinese DJ/producer ZHANGYE as he made his debut onto the dance music circuit with stunning EP ‘When I Was Young,’ followed by hit single ‘Wherever the Wind Blows’ with KARRA, and now his latest artistic venture ‘Own Way’ featuring Janieck has landed. We caught up with ZHANGYE to hear all about his new single and find out what’s in store for the next twelve months.
Hi ZHANGYE, first of all, massive congratulations on your new single ‘Own Way.’ Tell us about the inspiration behind the track.
The song was a topline I wrote back in 2021. The covid situation was bad at that time and people were anxious. I wanted to write a simple, happy song. Later we realized that the song suits Janieck well and therefore proceeded with an invitation to him after we carefully created the arrangement.
How did Dutch artist did Janieck first come onto your radar? And what made you want to collaborate with him on ‘Own Way’?
I first heard of his song ‘Reality’ with Lost Frequencies which made me think that my song suits his voice and style well. I then asked a friend to make the introduction. I was so glad that Janieck liked the demo of‘Own Way’ and he was up for collaborating on the single.
In the new single, and even your previous release ‘Wherever the Wind Blows,’ you share uplifting and hopeful messages in the lyrics. Do you purposely aim to inspire and help others with your music?
Throughout my own development, music has often inspired me. I used to like ballads more, even more so on the ones that appeared to be consumed with grief. At my age today, it feels difficult to afford too many things with grief, therefore when creating music, I lean towards the happy, positive notes that I hope lift others.
How do you balance your day-to-day role as founder of venture capital firm Cyanhill Capital, with your growing music career?
My life is quite simple, without too many attachments I am quite a workaholic.
If you were on a desert island and could only take one album with you, which album would you choose?
I am hoping that I will be creating an album that I’d like to bring out quite soon.
2022 has been a big year for you musically, from sharing your debut release to collaborating with the incredible artists such as KARRA and Janieck. What have been the highlights of your year so far?
I wrote around 60 songs alone this year which I can’t wait to develop and potentially share. And I’ve really enjoyed working with some great artists along the way.
Do you have any upcoming live shows?
Unfortunately, I won’t be attending any live shows in the near term. However, I look forward to events abroad in the future.
What are you most excited for in 2023?
The thought of working with many more amazing musicians in 2023, I am quite excited to see what’s in store over the next year.