Things have been taking off for Sweden’s rising star Zikai in recent weeks. In addition to releasing her long-awaited debut EP ‘Make You Mine’ (its seven tracks already accumulating 7.5 million streams), she featured on Mullally’s recent single ‘Fire’ and co-wrote ‘Hush’ for Yellow Claw and Weird Genius. Her ascending status has been underlined with a nomination for Rookie Artist / Band at the Denniz Pop Awards, which recognises Sweden’s most essential new talents. Zikai will be looking to follow in the footsteps of previous winners such as Tove Lo.
Zikai continues to strive confidently forward by sharing her brand new single ‘Twenty Something’. The 22-year-old displays pop nous and deft soul in equal measure, as she switches between the earworm hook of her bright autotuned voice and the warmth of her natural vocal tone.
Here’s what Zikai had to say when we got a chance to ask her some questions.
Who were your musical influences growing up?
“I wanna say Drake even if I was 14 when I discovered his music. Because his vibe really influenced me, and it still is”.
What has been your best gig?
“The one I did this summer on a swedish television show called “allsång på Skansen”
Can you tell us a bit about your music?
“My main focus is always to tell my story. I create most of my music together with Anton Hård af Segerstad and we started off with calm songs like ”Beach day” and ”mountain peak” but we really found a new vibe while creating twenty something. I think its easier for others to describe my music than what it is for myself”.
Can you describe your music in 3 words?
“Honest, Experimental, Chill”
What makes your music stand out?
“That’s a hard question. I think the goal is to not think about standing out and just create whatever feels good. I feel like when you think to much about that it get’s forced”.
What are your plans for the rest of 2020?
“I’ll keep creating songs and work on my producer skills. Ever since Miss Rona came around I’ve worked on things I used to push under the rug. I’ll also keep praying that you can start playin live again soon!”
If your band had to be remembered for one thing apart from your music what would you want it to be?
“My awesome personality”. 🤣
Do you have any gig’s coming up?
“On Friday (September 11th) I’ll play a concert set live at a Swedish radio station p4!”
By Siân Parker