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Zenbi’s ‘AKA’ pays tribute to the Detroit club scene via Big Beat


In celebration of the release of Big Beat’s Detroit Ignition series, which pays homage to the legendary club scene in Detroit, we had a chance to sit and speak with US Dj/producer Zenbi, the second single off the compilation ‘AKA,’ featuring Born I Music. 

Read all about it below as Zenbi shares the story behind ‘AKA,’ his influences, and what we can expect from him in the new year.

Tell us about your inspiration behind creating ‘AKA’?

My Soup Label mates and I were recording some vocals at Engine Room Audio in Manhattan with DJ Funk, THE pioneer of ghetto house music.  He kept spitting to these amazing booty house beats.  I had done a one-off project a few years ago for Riva Starr’s label SNATCH! featuring a DJ Assault Vocal – and wanted to expand on that sound to produce something bigger.  Fast forward a few months and I shared the unfinished project with my mate, Washington DC-based rapper Born I Music. He looked down, back at me, and churned out a vocal that seems like the instrumental was built around!

What was it like collaborating with Born I Music? 

I met Born ages ago at a festival we were both performing at in Washington DC.  I remember him being introduced as “somebody I was going to love” – and sure enough… Always great being in the studio with one of your most positive influences and closest friends.  His talent is limitless and his star is quickly rising.  

Where did the inspiration for your unique blend of tech house, latin, and tribal grooves come from?

The short answer is…New York City.  I grew up in the era of Danny Tenaglia – his tribal sound is probably one of the most ubiquitous influencers of all time.  When you pair that to being surrounded by other New York legends like Roger Sanchez and Jose Nunez, an inclusionary evolution begins.  We are inspired by what we love, and house music isn’t constrained by a shortage of inspiring talents.

Anything else we can expect from 2019?

I’ll be spending the early part of 2019 finishing my first full studio album.  And changing a lot more diapers.


The compilation also features cuts from Vanilla Ace, Rebuke, Alan Nieves, and more. Check out the full track list below.

Vanilla Ace – Zenith
Rebuke – Sheila’s Tool
ZENBI – A.K.A. (feat. Born I Music)
Simon Kidzo – Retro
Nico Hamuy – The Door (feat. Alan T)
PEZNT – Dance Naked
Mike Vale – The Hustler
Lex Luca – Get Down
Kydus – Ascending
Seige – Mellowdy
Cristal Noir – Modulation
Jerry Downey – Small Hours
Alan Nieves – Get Faded
Nico Cabeza – The Right Way
Jimmy Edgar – Burn So Deep (feat. DAWN) (Raito Remix)