Juan Guerrieri-Maril, who goes by the name of Z3N is an 18 year old producer from Buenos Aires, Argentina. He has moved all over the world and is currently living in Miami, Florida while studying Music Business at FIU. His love for EDM began when he was 15 living in Barcelona, Spain with nothing to do over the long summer. Using the trial to Ableton live 7 he began messing around for hours on end. Slowly but surely he began to get better and better. He now hopes he can take his productions to the next level and build a career out of them allowing him to live off music and tour the world.
BFS: What made you decide to start making music?
DJZ: I grew up in a very musical family, my dad and my uncle owned a music label and a studio. I pretty much spent all the time I had with my dad over there, it was just (a matter of) time until I got interested in music. I started out with rock, moved to hip hop and finally fell in love with EDM. I started producing because I wanted to follow my dad’s footsteps but I broke away from the studio/label concept to pursue a DJ/Producer career. I started (at) 15 and just messed around with ableton 7 making really bad dubstep from massive presets and slowly learned and improved my productions.
BFS: Where do you draw most of your musical influence/inspiration from?
DJZ: I usually draw my inspiration for songs from different places. For example my remix of Revolution came through just messing around playing piano, I found chords that just resonated with my vibe so I threw them into Ableton live and built from there. On the other hand my remix of Recess just came from me experimenting with sampling. Most of my inspiration outside of errors comes from artists like Just a Gent, $aturn, Lookas and others.
BFS: Who do you think has the best live performance right now? Why?
DJZ: Thats a really tough question, I’ve been to three festivals this year and a bunch of events and Borgore has just been killing it. He can turn any crowd crazy, its amazing.
BFS: What is the hardest part about creating music?
DJZ: Getting in the zone, sometimes i’ll sit in front of the computer for hours and just get nothing out, while other times I just get an idea and sit down and do it. Once I get in the zone its all smooth sailing. Also Mixing and Mastering, I really got to get on par with that.
BFS: EDM has changed a lot in the past few years, and it continues to evolve, where can you see it in 5 years from now?
DJZ: Wow, thats something that could be so different, for example think of EDM 5 years ago, it was so different to what it is nowadays. I think EDM is heading towards breaking boundaries. Trap music is booming right now because of the fact that it brings the excitement of EDM and mixes it with the party aspect of Hip Hop. Fusions like that is what lies in the future
BFS: If you could have lunch with any famous musician, dead or alive, who would it be? What questions would you ask?
DJZ: Joel Zimmerman and I would ask him about how he creates such beautiful dynamics in his tracks. I think that his music has dynamics that are frequently ignored in EDM and that his way of producing is just amazing, every time I listen to one of his tracks I get goosebumps
BFS: Whats the most played song on your ipod right now?
DJZ: “ Mayhem & Antiserum vs Gents & Jaws - Where you been? “ probably because its my alarm clock. Its just the perfect song to start the day with a boom.
BFS: Where do you hope to go with your music?
DJZ: Im going to college to study music business and i’m going to work on my productions while I continue to play in as many places as I can trying to get my music out there. My dream is to be playing festivals and events all around the world and living off music, nothing would make me happier than that.
BFS: What’s your advice to people trying to work in the music industry?
DJZ: Stick to your dreams, do what you want to do not what people tell you and work hard. Really hard. The best advice I was ever given was this, you don’t deserve anything. You don’t deserve the gear you have, you don’t deserve to play gigs, you don’t deserve to make it. You have to earn it, through hard work. The sooner you lose that, “I deserve this” mentality, the sooner you will reach your goals.
Written and Interviewed by Madi Lawton