Kaleena Zanders is a dynamic and soulful vocalist, songwriter & DJ who’s been making waves in multiple genres while carving a path for similar artists like her self to receive the recognition they deserve.
For many years, the industry wrongfully relegated her to the diminutive title of “dance music vocalist,” but she has always been more, producing her own music for labels like Helix Records and a FEMME HOUSE compilation on Insomniac Records, while performing her own DJ sets at EDC Las Vegas, Bass Camp, and Splash House.
All of these impressive achievements come on top of her vocal collaborations with artists such as Morgan Page, AC Slater, Anabel Englund, Sunday Scaries, and others.
We had the opportunity to sit down and chat with her at Breakaway San Francisco about everything from her Bay Area roots, her love for superheroes, and even unveil a bit of backstory behind her recent single “Nightmares.”
EDM Maniac: Coming from such a diverse scene like the Bay Area, are there any memories or experiences you can share that stood out as instrumental in your development as an artist?
Zanders: Oh, absolutely. In San Jose, when I was in college, I used to go to this, not a club, but like a bar hangout, college thing. And there used to be a live band, I think it was called Cafecito.
We used to jam and I used to improv sing. There was a lot of funk influence, a lot of rock and everything. I think that’s where I got my first notion to be front and center.
EDM Maniac: Your work with Anabel Englund on “ANYTHING 4 U” was a hit. I’m curious, what was it like working with another vocalist?
Zanders: Honestly, it was pretty easy. <laugh>, we speak the same language, literally. So I think it was coming from the same struggles in the industry and it was just really sweet for us to get together and be able to do anything we wanted.
We also became really strong friends through that. So it was actually a pretty easy process. There was no “diva diva” drama or anything like that.
EDM Maniac: Your music embodies such a sense of empowerment and positivity. Can you describe the emotional journey of performing that music live?
Zanders: Well, it kind of feels like you’re surfing on a wave, even though I’ve never surfed, but it feels like you’re surfing. And you’re at the highest point, that highest vibration.
Or you know when you watch those YouTubes of those really huge waves that you’d never encounter? It’s kind of like that <laugh>.
EDM Maniac: Now I heard you’re a fan of superheroes, so I’m gonna assume you’re a Marvel fan? So from nerd to nerd, what character’s storyline are you most invested in?
Zanders: I am a Marvel fan, absolutely. It would be Jean Grey because I think once upon a time I had so many crazy emotions that I felt like I couldn’t control. Also a lot of strength.
I feel like I had such power, but I didn’t know how to use it. And now I feel like I can use it in music. She’s fiery and has a lot of passion, and that’s how I am.
EDM Maniac: Let’s talk about your new single “Nightmares” which is coming out next week. Is there any backstory or inspiration behind it you want to share?
Zanders: Absolutely. When I was a little kid, my cousins used to show me a ton of scary movies when I would go visit them and I’d be so scared, like crying and terrified, but I couldn’t stop watching them because I really loved it.
So every time I would go back home, I would pull the covers over my head, sweat profusely, and cry. But I was so excited to watch these movies.
I think early on I was a thrill seeker. I was just like, “I must watch this, but I’m scared.” I think that’s where I developed my early courage and trying to get rid of my fears.
So I was like, “I’m gonna become the fears” <laugh>. I don’t know if that makes sense, but it’s like becoming what you’re scared of in a way. Just embody it and then let it go.
EDM Maniac: How would you sum up your personal and professional journey in 2023?
Zanders: Honestly, this year I grew the most in my skill and in my performance. I got an agent last November, so they’ve been throwing me into a ton of shows and I’ve learned so much about curating for people and then also telling a story.
I’ve learned so much about the art of music, even though I’ve been doing it for years.
And I’ve learned a lot about myself too and how possible it is to do anything. I really pushed myself this year, so I’m really proud of myself. I am proud of myself for pushing myself outside my comfort zone.
EDM Maniac: Following that, how do you envision your artistic path evolving in the coming year?
Zanders: In the coming year, it’s going to be more of just honing in my language, voice, and communication to the audience. Darker tones, more soulful tones, more church tones.
Also in the future, I’d like to go back to being in a band. Cause I was in a band, so I want to have the Kaleena band at some point. That’s what I want my live experience to be.
All images courtesy of Kaleena Zanders.
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By: Dianna Baylor
Title: Interview: Kaleena Zanders Chats Music, Superheroes, And Her Upcoming Single “Nightmares”
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Published Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2023 16:58:19 +0000
[INTERVIEW] Pozzi And Zander From Mojave Grey Introduce ‘Ride the Fire’
Step into the world of Mojave Grey, Zander Bleck, and Pozzi as they take us on a mesmerizing journey through the creation of their latest masterpiece, ‘Ride the Fire‘. In this exclusive interview, we delve deep into the spiritual background of the song, uncovering the hidden layers of meaning and inspiration that make it a true musical gem. But that’s not all – we also get a sneak peek into their exciting new projects for 2024, leaving us eagerly anticipating what this talented duo has in store for us next. Listen to ‘Ride the Fire’ at the end of this interview.
EDMTunes: Hello Everyone! This is Oscar Yerushalmi from EDMTunes. Today we are with Zander and Pozzi. Better known as Mojave Gray. Guys, how are you today?
Mojave Grey: We are great Oscar. – Thanks for having us. – Thanks for having us, yeah.
EDMTunes: Thank you for taking the time to talk with us about the release of your new song ‘Ride the Fire’. You guys describe this song as a sonic odyssey, this already sounds fascinating to me. But would you mind explaining to our audience what you guys mean when you say so, and what is the spiritual background behind this song?
Mojave Grey: Yeah, so this song has a lot of meaning for us and it kind of, it’s a little bit more like we approach the song as a soundscape more than normal, a typical song per se. It evolved a lot live. So we had kind of written the initial aspects of the song and we just kept adjusting and evolving the song as time went on in response to how the audience was reacting. We wanted to create, sort of like a mood more than ever before. The song, we wrote it based on a pretty powerful experience that we went through, and yeah, we just wanted it to be sonically aligned with that, and I think we accomplished that.
EDMTunes: Okay Pozzi, do you have some words about these?
Mojave Grey: Yeah. just talking to you now touching on the spiritual element of it. Zander and I have been sort of exploring our spirituality this year and trying to implement those experiences into the music, more and more each time. This song I would say we went a little bit further down the rabbit hole more than what we normally do. And so I think that’s a pairing. I think we tried to capture, as Zander said, an energy and overall feeling. I think we got it there eventually.
EDMTunes: While reading about the song, I noticed there is a Shaman involved in it, and it seems it’s been an experience that led you guys speechless. How relevant or how much did this Shaman influence the creative process of this track?
Mojave Grey: Tremendously. More or less she just said the phrase “ride the fire” and almost as soon as she said it we both looked at each other and were like, “well that’s the name“. It was truly a beautiful moment. We were almost in a very anxious state. We were both so far out of our comfort zones. And basically what she was describing was that anxiety and that fear that was creeping up on us. And like, she created, almost this imagery that we were in a room with a locked door with some kind of energy, this fire, this woman, this goddess, behind that door, and she was pounding at it while we were so nervously holding the door shut. And she’s like, she just wants to come in. She just wants to play with you. She wants to invite the fire in, ride the fire. As soon as she said that, I was taking it back, we both were in awe of how powerful that message was. We were one with that thought of allowing that fear in and facing it head-on, and that just was such a vivid metaphor and point that just, I mean, the song almost wrote itself.
EDMTunes: And besides the name and this experience you describe, what else do you think that the Shaman added to the song?
Mojave Grey: I mean, it was definitely something we had never experienced before, going through such an intentional, psychedelic journey. I think, we just wouldn’t have had the name, nor the vibe of the track. I think it really affected us as a group. And I think this song represents a little bit of a pivot in how we want our music to be perceived, that is, a little bit more on the experiential level. On top of just writing really great Dance and Pop songs, we want to create a mood. You know, we’re based in the desert here. I feel like we wanted to incorporate these types of experiences, this nature that we’re immersed in when we write these songs and just all of those elements into our music. And this song in particular feels like we kind of brought all three of those together. It features guitar in a really organic way and it has a little hypnotizing nature to it which is really what we were going for.
EDMTunes: I can see ‘Ride the Fire’ is a mix of a lot of different types of elements. From Zander’s vocals, Pozzi’s instruments, live music, Rock and Roll… How could you guys put all these pieces together that are so different at the same time, and deliver such a great song? Is this challenging at some point?
Mojave Grey: Yeah, it’s definitely challenging, but it’s also something that comes naturally to us because we’re both, you know, kind of in the classic sense, we’re songwriters and we’re real musicians and we play a lot of instruments. So we actually approach most of our songwriting from, like Zander or I will write something on piano or guitar. It happens that these lines themselves are really solid and then we start building something from them, and making them into what you hear. So we like to keep those organic elements as strong and prominent as possible, because they really represent who we are and what we’re bringing to the space that’s sort of different than most other people around. We also want all our songs to be able to be performed, you know, if it’s just posing on a piano or an acoustic guitar that we still can, you know, soak and translate the feel, whether it’s on the decks or just very intimate. We usually take that approach with a lot of those organic elements, and, as you were saying, it really shines through in this song.
EDMTunes: Okay guys so far, today we have the release of ‘Ride the Fire’. What else are we missing for the rest of 2023? What can we expect from Mojave Gray in 2024?
Mojave Grey: Yeah we’re just getting started, Oscar. We’re excited, we’re ambitious. We have our debut album coming out in the spring.
But regardless, we’re probably going to be releasing, I’d say, a song every five weeks up to the album and then after the album. But we have a pretty large body of work that we’re actually working on as we speak. You caught us kind of right in the middle of working on all these new songs and ideas and concepts. So I think we’ll have a very aggressive live schedule. Next week we’re in Miami for our Boswell, and the following week we’re in Mexico City. I think we’re going to start kind of accelerating that and getting this message of our desert Dance spirit, and we’re going to just keep getting that word out.
EDMTunes: Thank you for your time and answers. To close the interview, do you guys have any messages for our EDMTunes family?
Mojave Grey: Just to say hello, and we’re Mojave Grey. We’re so excited for you guys to take a step into our little desert world. To enjoy each other’s company very soon. Yeah, and thanks for welcoming into us and your community.
About ‘Ride the Fire’
As the journey begins, the soundscape of ‘Ride The Fire’ unfolds gradually, drawing listeners into a realm of tranquility and anticipation. Zander’s magnetic vocals take center stage, their melodic allure beckoning the audience to delve further into the depths of the composition. As Pozzi’s electric guitar enters the fray, as the tempo reaches its peak, a hauntingly beautiful recording of shamanic chants emerges, infusing the track with a ceremonial essence. These ancient chants, which, as you would know by now from reading the interview, served as the inspiration for ‘Ride The Fire’. Listen HERE!
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By: Oscar Yerushalmi
Title: [INTERVIEW] Pozzi And Zander From Mojave Grey Introduce ‘Ride the Fire’
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Published Date: Fri, 01 Dec 2023 12:38:37 +0000
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Producer Discusses What One Million Spotify Streams Earned Him This Year
Among many Spotify success stories and the debate on their royalties system going forward, German electronic musician Hainbach adds to the situation. Amidst the echoes of Taylor Swift’s staggering royalties, Hainbach steps forward, revealing the harsh truth of his one million Spotify streams in 2023. This revelation comes in a somber tone, as the composer discloses that his milestone translates to a mere £2,160 in royalties – $2,742.65 in today’s money. This is a sum that, while helpful, barely covers his utility bills. The chasm between Spotify’s glamorous facade and the financial struggles of experimental artists becomes starkly evident.
For Hainbach, the journey to the six-figure year comes primarily from just a few of his tracks. ‘The Guide‘, a 2020 release, hit over half of the sum with 560,000 plays, while ‘The Wooden‘, from his latest album Voice Magnetic, notched up 116,000 plays in only six months. Despite these accomplishments, the financial yield remains meager, echoing the struggle many artists face in the digital music landscape.
The Looming Silence
As Hainbach grapples with the modest returns from Spotify, a looming threat adds to the discord. Reports suggest that tracks accumulating less than 1,000 plays annually will face demonetization starting next year. This prospect raises concerns for lesser-known artists, hinting at a future where their creative output on Spotify may yield nothing in return. In this silence, the producer advocates for alternative avenues to sustain their craft.
“Bandcamp or coming to a live show is still the best way to support me and other artists.”
While the debate continues as to which is the best way to directly support artists for them to make a living out of what they love and are most passionate about, unless you’re already on top of the world and amassing an exorbitant cult of followers, audio streaming giant Spotify is certainly out of the question for the best lifeline for those who we value for their contribution to music.
[H/T] – Music Radar
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By: Matt Sierra
Title: Producer Discusses What One Million Spotify Streams Earned Him This Year
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Published Date: Fri, 01 Dec 2023 21:25:46 +0000
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[Event Review] Eric Prydz Delivers 3 Sold Out HOLO Performances at Brooklyn Navy Yard
Last weekend, Eric Prydz took over the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York City for his HOLO show concept. The demand to see the global dance innovator performing was massive. Fans pounced on this 3 day extravaganza as more than 60,000 tickets were sold over the 3 events. All 3 performance nights were organized by Teksupport, and this was the first time Eric Prydz has brought his HOLO show to New York since 2019. We went to the Saturday show but from what ravers who went on the other days, each show was unique.
The HOLO show delivered an extraordinary sensory experience with a massive LED screen, cutting-edge lighting, and intricate 3D holographic effects. From the onset of Prydz’s performance, he captivated the audience by seamlessly blending tracks from his extensive catalog into a cohesive and immersive audiovisual journey.
A highlight of the show was the mesmerizing holographic effects that transformed the stage into a breathtaking otherworldly environment. Synchronized perfectly with Prydz’s music, these visuals created a stunning experience that left the crowd in awe, with reaching hands, appearing robots, astronauts, and other life-sized figures. In addition to the visuals, the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s upgrade sound system and lights only added to the top tier production. Beyond the visuals, Prydz’s expert track selection showcased his ability to blend genres, offering a unique sound. The set ranged from uplifting progressive house anthems to dark techno tracks, taking the audience on an emotional rollercoaster. Eric also dished out songs from his Pryda alias with hit tracks such as ‘Power Drive‘, ‘Elements‘, ‘One Day‘, and ‘Allein‘. He also sprinkled in some Cirez D with ‘Evacuate‘. The dancefloor maestro ended the performance with hit track ‘Opus’, met with thunderous cheers from across the venue.
With that breathtaking conclusion, Prydz concluded the roller coaster set. The immersive nature of HOLO truly showcases Prydz’s creative prowess. Few artists worldwide can match the impact of his performance style while continuing to innovate and evolve. If you get the chance to witness HOLO, don’t miss it. It’s a performance that must be experienced firsthand to be believed.
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By: Kevin Ng
Title: [Event Review] Eric Prydz Delivers 3 Sold Out HOLO Performances at Brooklyn Navy Yard
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Published Date: Fri, 01 Dec 2023 22:54:28 +0000
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