Out Now Magazine Spotlight series featuring Little Zaint for an exclusive interview
My name is Daniel “Little Zaint” Zeino and I’m a rapper, songwriter and producer from Stockholm/Sweden and have been doing music since 2006. With an influence from Hip Hop, RnB/Soul and Middle Eastern music, where I’ve been able to create my own sound after working several years.
Since the last interview I did with Out Now Magazine I have been working a lot behind the scenes finishing some unreleased songs and I was able to finish my latest single “Like Never Before” that I started working on a couple of years ago.
My new single “Like Never Before” is my first solo and production release where Savvas ”Vad Händer Savvas” Kontzolokis (Co-Producer) helped me as recording engineer. The idea to this song came a couple of years ago during a warm summer night where I got the vibe after I heard Usher’s song “No Limit” which inspired me to create this song so you could enjoy it during summertime, wherever you are or in whatever mood you’re in. This song allowed me to find the right sound by combining Hip-Hop, R&B and influences from the Middle East to get the right vibe for this song.
Where are you from?
I’m born and raised in a Syrian family in Stockholm, Sweden.
When did you start making music?
I started making music in 2006 but have been writing poems since I was 8 years old. After so many years in this business I can’t believe how far I’ve come both as an independent artist and as a CEO of my own record label.
How do you describe your music?
Inspiring, uplifting, laidback and romantic. It’s also a mix of both old and new Hip Hop and RnB.
Favorite moment from your career?
My favorite moments in my career are when I started my own production company called LZ Productions and when my two latest singles (My Last Breath and Something New) reached over 10.000 streams on Spotify.
Also that I’ve had the honor to work with some of Swedens biggest artists, producers and songwriters and to see how my music has reached so many people around the world.
Who is your biggest musical inspiration?
There are so many to choose from but when it comes to producers I have to say Timbaland and Scott Storch. But when it comes to artists I’ve always looked up to 2Pac, The Notorious B.I.G, 50 Cent, Rick Ross, J.Cole, Nas, Brandy, Craig David, Usher, Ne-Yo and many more.
My biggest musical inspiration nowadays comes from finding new artists that inspires me as a songwriter and producer.
What other things do you do besides making music?
I’m an entrepreneur and I’m a lecture where I talk about how to live a life without obstacles, despite your outcome. And since April 2021 I’ve launched my own Vlog/Podcast show on my official YouTube channel where I highlight different topics that are close to my heart.
What is your producing software?
I use the following software called Magix Music Maker and Studio One.
What is your favorite track of all time?
Michael Jackson – Man in the mirror, Craig David – Seven days. But like I’ve mentioned earlier in the interview nowadays I really like finding new artists who has a unique sound and message in their songs.
What is your best-producing tip?
Be patient but also take your time when you create your next song, allow yourself to also be inspired by others and don’t be afraid to push yourself to learn new things.
Why did you start making music?
The main reason too why I started making music is because I wanted to tell my story through music and also inspire others to go after what they love.
What are your goals for the future?
My future goal is to keep doing the thing I love and inspire people through my music.
What advice can you give for young music producers/DJs?
Allow yourself to be unique by always listening to your heart and never rush your craft, take the time that you need to create something beautiful and memorable. It will have a bigger impact on your audience than nothing else.
Please write a message to your fans.
Allow yourself to enjoy the journey and always have an open mindset to explore and experience new things.
Listen to Little Zaint new solo single “Like Never Before” Here
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