Leeds based DJ, producer and entrepreneur Tom Zanetti has had a busy few years producing big tracks such as platinum winning ‘You Want Me‘ and ‘Darlin‘. His infectious sound and energy has gained momentous support from the house scene, and he’s in demand across the globe. We caught up with Tom to discuss his latest dance anthem ‘Make It Look Good’ which is released today with acclaimed Birmingham producer PREDITAH as well as his plans for the future…
Q1. For anyone who hasn’t heard of Tom Zanetti yet, how would you explain yourself and your life to them?
I would describe my life as very, very hectic and suprising! As a person, I would describe myself as a bubbly, positive, and extremely hard working guy.
Q2. What was the first record you ever bought?
Daniel Bedingfield “Got To Get Through This”! I remember buying this when I was about 12, and I used to love it. I think I got it from HMV.
Q3. What’s been your most memorable career moment?
My most memorable moment was being given a platinum plaque for one of my big singles from 2017 “You Want Me”. I keep it on the bottom of my stairs, so every time I come down the stairs I see it, and it makes me feel good.
Q4. Any advice for upcoming producers or DJs?
Always be yourself and be persistent, as it doesn’t happen over-night for everyone. Always keep going.
Q5. Top 3 songs?
Jamie Jones – Hungry For The Power
Michael Jason – Billie Jean
Tom Zanetti ft Preditah –Make It Look Good!
Q6. Can you tell us a bit about the creation process for your latest track ‘Make It Look Good’?
I heard a clip of it on his Instagram and I said let me use that tune, I’ve got a vocal for it. So he sent it to me, I recorded it and it happened!
Q7. What is your favourite thing about creating house music?
It gives you goosebumps when you create something good, when you get a good rhythm! I like to make people dance and feel good.
Q8. Can you tell us a bit about your company ‘sleepin is cheatin’?
I run the company with my partner Kane, and started it around 8 years ago. We now run a string of festivals, catering for up to 10,000 people, and have had successful album compilations with Ministry of Sound and ran some amazing parties over the last few years across the world. We have also won an award for being the best night in Leeds.
Q9. Do you have any big projects planned?
Keep your eyes peeled on my socials, lots coming up although I can’t reveal anything yet.
Q10. Who influences you?
It’s a real range of different DJs, composers and producers. My influences are so varied from artists like MK, Rough Driverz, Basement Jaxx, Eminem, Biggie Smalls…
Q12. What scares you?
F*cking moths! I hate moths.
Q13. Most embarrassing moment?
Falling off stage in Belgium a couple years ago.
Q14. What’s your most rock and roll story?
When we were naked, drinking in the Fountains of Bellagio in Vegas for a friend’s birthday. And a 3-day party in Ibiza.
Q15. What are your plans for the rest of 2018?
More music, more festivals and trying to find happiness.
Interview by Lucy Rix