Francesco Zane : The Journey So Far



"To have fun and feel good thanks to my music, express my inner weaknesses and let them become something that people can listen, enjoy and relate to" ......
This was Italian musician, Francesco Zane talking about what music meant to him and the role that it plays in his own life.
Francesco was of course speaking to Urban Craft in wide-ranging interview that touched on his life, career and everything else in-between.

In the aftermath of releasing his latest album, the musician, like the artist that he is, describes this current stage and what's to come as a 'sketching' phase.
"I'm currently in what I call the "sketching" phase, collecting and recording some demos and riffs on the guitar with my mobile phone. I do not want to rush writing new songs, I'll know and feel when that moment will arrive again. I would like my next album to be somehow more acoustic sounding, something I can play in front of a crowd without needing a full band.
"Another project I'm slowly carrying on is to recover and record some of the songs I have written with my friends TMO in the past years, those songs still deserve to be heard", he said.

Francesco is however still making the rounds with his second album titled 'Cornerstones' that was released back in April.

"Before releasing Crosswords I started asking opinions all around the globe about my songs, because I am not very self-confident. I came in touch with Mr. Brian Tunison at the time CEO of Factory Fast Records in New York (factoryfastrecords.com site is still on but the company is unfortunately not...) who believed in me including one of my songs in a mixCD and gave me the boost I needed to complete the album and release it to the world. It was in that moment that I truly started believing in my music abilities and never stopped since then", said Zane.

What started as a pastime years ago gradually developed into something more for the Italian and it has been quite the journey in as far as his career is concerned.
"I've been playing for 20 years more or less, mostly the bass guitar but actually started as a rhythm guitarist. I live in the North-Eastern part of Italy, near Venice where I was born, and through the years I have been part of many different local bands, mostly playing rock covers.
"With one band in particular named TMO from 2001 to 2007 we started composing and recording our own songs, and tried but failed to become "famous" but never truly had a chance. Italy is not very friendly for independent and small artists.
"After the band dissolved I started writing my own songs, but it wasn't until 2013 that I started seriously to put them down, doing everything myself: guitars, bass, voices, programming the drums and then mixing, editing... It started as a pastime, but in time it became something more and I managed to release the album Crosswords in 2017. My songs have been included in some compilations in the USA, reviewed in music blogs, and are still played by online independent radios", he said.

Though he draws influence from the forefathers of rock like Pink Floyd and U2, the musician's main source of inspiration is life itself.

"My musical inspiration comes from different bands and musical styles, but if I have to mention some I would say: Pearl Jam, U2, Rush, Depeche Mode, Pink Floyd.
The lyrics are about my life of course, but also I take inspiration from movies, books, videogames... in particular anything related to science fiction and space travels.
"I already mentioned the TMO project, we played indie rock with a touch of prog.
Since 2012 I am part of a band named 4sisco, playing blues-rock cover songs mostly from the 70s in the area around Venice", said Francesco.






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