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Singer, songwriter, MC and producer, Tom Zanetti, is back with new track "Slow Down". He tells us his musical firsts to celebrate.
Riding high on the success of last year’s Top 20, gold-certified single, “Didn’t Know”, Leeds based multi-hyphenate Tom Zanetti is back with new tune “Slow Down”.
The fresh track is a revamp of Bobby V’s 2005 song of the same name, but this time, Zanetti’s boisterous bars and bombastic bass kick things up a gear. Speaking on the release, he said, “Bobby’s original version is a total classic, so to be part of an update that brings it to a new generation is a huge deal for me. Being able to modernise classic tunes and breathe new fresh air into songs that people maybe haven’t even heard is a real privilege”.
To celebrate the release, we picked Tom Zanetti’s brains to hear all about his musical firsts. Jump in!
First song you ever made?
I actually made 8 songs the first time I ever recorded. I went to the studio and I made a CD with 8 songs on it, which did really well up North around Leeds, which really gave me a name and a platform.
First song you released officially?
Tom Zanetti – Darlin’
First CD or record you owned?
The Real Slim Shady by Eminem. I did also own Grandmaster Flash – The Message as a kid when I had a pair of decks.
First time you realised you wanted to be an artist?
The first time I realised I wanted to be an artist was when I watched Kevin & Perry and I realised I wanted to be a DJ. Also my dad was a DJ so I grew up listening to music. I grew up in a really musical house with my mum, dad and Grandad always playing music, they had a really eclectic taste so there was always reggae, Motown, 90s dance, house music… and I loved Michael Jackson, Elvis, Dean Martin…all kinds.
First festival you went to and the first one you played at?
The first festival I went to was Guilfest in Guildford with my Mum. We camped over and did a few parties. I think the first festival I played at was my own festival in Leeds, Insomnifest.
First time you faced an obstacle in your career?
I’ve faced a hundred, my career has been like doing the high jump at the Olympics!
First instrument you owned?
A pair of turntable decks… I did get an electric guitar as a kid but I never learnt how to play it unfortunately!
First time you felt like giving up?
So many times throughout my life.. that’s a big question and I could give a lot of answers but the main thing is I never gave up. I always got up and kept going, that’s the only option – onwards and upwards.
First time you felt starstruck?
When I met MC Vapour at Boiler House in Bradford as he was a huge influence to me.
First time you ticked off a bucket list goal?
When I took my son to Disneyland when he was about 4 years old.