Hailing from Brooklyn, the self-made and extremely talented C Z A R I N A, also known as Vero Faye. She’s a retrofuturist and electronic musician with an ear for modern music with a dream-like twist. With rock influences like Nirvana, Sound Garden, TOOL and Nine Inch Nails, her latest releases fully showcase her vulnerability and further proves that her artistry will take her far into the music industry today. Inspired by her love for futurist culture, cyberpunk, 80s tech noir, mecha robots, martial arts, and Japanese Animes, C Z A R I N A creates music that acts as an escape to another dimension.
C Z A R I N A kicked off her 2019 by releasing a Music Video for her incredibly cinematic single “Burn” from her LP “Painted Holograms”. In the same month, she also released her first single of 2019, "In The Line of Fire". This song introduced C Z A R I N A as a truly genre-melding artist, combing the likable qualities and cinematics of synth-wave with the edgy grit of rock n roll. Previously featured on BuzzMusic "Til The Last Star” debuted in June and served as C Z A R I N A’s first space wave and Dreamwave ballad. Brand new from C Z A R I N A, she just dropped her music video for "BLAZE: Dances of the Yokai, The Tale of the Assassin and the Samurai" directed by Deliris Films and the Kitsunés. We had the pleasure of checking this out and let us tell you, it feels like your deep in a storyline throughout the entire experience. It’s a cinematic adventure and we highly recommend you check it out!
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Welcome back C Z A R I N A! Do you believe that the way you intend to communicate your messages through your music is easily received by your listeners?
CZ: I think so. That's the part that I love. I know that my music and my style of songwriting could be quite particular, but I really enjoy it when my work resonates with listeners. The ones who get it, really understand where the art and perspective are coming from and develop a deeper appreciation for my work not just as an artist and creative, but also as a human. And that's how I feel I established a real genuine connection with my audience.
Who has had the biggest influence on your life musically thus far? Can you describe the impact this particular individual has had in terms of your brand new music video "BLAZE: Dances of the Yokai"?
CZ: I would say artists and musicians like David Bowie and Bjork would be my biggest influence in terms of having untethered, fearless creative output. I'm still evolving and my hope is to be able to thrive according to the clear vision I had set for myself, just the way they did.
And I think my new music video exemplifies this level of ambition.
What are some of your ultimate goals as an artist? Are any of these goals currently being put into place/being worked on?
CZ: My goal is ultimately to create unique, strong masterful bodies of different types of works I can call my own, that's true to myself and are true representatives of me as an artist. When I touch something, I want people to be able to immediately identify that it is me and true to my form.
Also, I'm working towards an encompassing universal experience for those who follow my work, creating pieces that will stand the test of time. I think the careful treatment and planning I put in each and every endeavor and viewing projects under this lens are key to this development.
We absolutely love your latest music video! What predominant message was integrated within "BLAZE: Dances of the Yokai"? Can you tell us more about the concept of the music video?
CZ: I'm glad to hear you guys enjoyed it! "Blaze," both as a song and what is entailed in the video, is about losing one's own path, all the collateral damage that comes with it, and finally finding one's way back home. The music video was inspired by my favorite retro video games like Mortal Kombat as well as film legends like Quentin Tarantino, Akira Kurosawa, Wes Anderson, and Hayao Miyazaki. I have also been practicing budo arts and been wanting to work on a Samurai-themed music video that is ferocious, badass, yet still funny, organic and has a lot of heart. And we thought how fun would it be to play a deranged assassin wreaking havoc?
You seem to be an artist that puts more thought into their lyrics than most. What can you tell us about the lyrical depth within “Til The Last Star?
CZ: "Til The Last Star" is about how far one would traverse for their true love. It is one of my simplest pieces, yet also my most favorite because of the powerful emotional surges it conveys through very bare tenderness. I am a believer that it should not take a lot of words to express some of the deepest and truest feelings in the universe.
Thank you so much for talking with us about your new material and creative process. Can you describe how your performances feel? Do you enjoy live shows, or do you prefer the actual songwriting process? Also, any live shows coming up in the near future?!
CZ: I enjoy both live shows and songwriting/production. However, I really do love my live performances as I feel my music and work - and also my own persona - take on a whole new life form, energy, and meaning. I feel life is when you set your ship to sail. I am very different on stage - more emotional, aggressive, theatrical and supercharged. I enjoy exercising musical and performance athleticism. That is the best part, especially when I can feed on the audience's energy and amplify it back. I love playing with my full band, who by the way, are also members of Blondie - Matt Katz-Bohen (lead synths), Tommy Kessler (guitar) - along with Ismael Baiz (drums) and DeadlyKawaii (synths). My next show is November 9th at Berlin Under A in New York City.