20 Questions With Rezz: New Single, The Influence of Deadmau5 & Her Personal Twitter Account

Austin Hargrave

REZZ photographed on March 15, 2019 at Neighbourhood Studios in Toronto.

Many artists aspire to push musical boundaries, but Rezz falls into the realm of producers who have actually broken new sonic ground -- with a style that fuses dark, pummeling, often psychedelically strange bass music with the strain of alt-rock familiar to anyone who's ever stepped into a Hot Topic.

The 25-year-old Canadian producer's collaborations includes those with Underoath's Aaron Gillespie and Los Angeles guitarist/producer Grabbitz. In 2020, the Grabbitz and Rezz collab "Someone Else" made them two of the few electronic producers to ever land on the Hot Rock & Alternative chart. (Their song hit No. 42 on that chart in July, and also ascended to No. 15 on Alternative Airplay that same month.)

This same rock/electronic energy extends today (Feb. 5) with Rezz's latest single, "Sacrificial," a collaboration with rock act Pvris out on RCA Records. The band's leader and creative mastermind Lynn Gun passed Rezz a vocal track, and the producer (born Isabel Rezazadeh) built the glitchy, darkly alluring song around Gun proclaiming, "Baby it's official, this is sacrificial," and other lyrics about the risks we take for love.

Here, Rezz discusses her high-profile musical mentors, the best part of being off the road and where you can find her personal Twitter account.

1. Where are you in the world right now, and what's the setting like?

Milton, Ontario. It’s a sunny, cold, winter day.

2. What's the first album or piece of music you bought for yourself, and what was the medium?

First CD I bought was Green Day’s American Idiot. Green Day was the first band I felt passionate about and actually cared about buying their music.

3. When and where are you happiest?

Happiest at home working on music, with a coffee in hand.

4. What was the first song you ever made?

There was this song I made called “Break It,” and it’s nowhere to be found now. It was a weird techno 126 BPM track that I made just messing around.

5. If you had to recommend one album for someone looking to get into electronic music, what would you give them?

I would recommend deadmau5’s 4x4=12. It’s probably one of the first pieces of music that inspired me.

6. What's the last show you binge-watched?


7. What’s the last song you listened to?

This song that me and Peekaboo are working on right now.

8. What’s one song you wish you had produced?

I actually thought about this the other day haha. I 100 percent wish I made No Mana’s song called “Clear.”

9. What's the first electronic music show that really blew your mind?

Definitely Skrillex at Fort York in downtown Toronto for his Full Flex Express Tour. It was mind-blowing, and I was screaming the whole time.

10. What’s distinctive about the place you grew up, and how did it shape you?

I grew up in Niagara Falls and it’s a small city where everyone knew everyone. If it influenced me in any way, it made me really appreciate bigger cities as I was living in a small bubble.

11. What's the wildest show you've ever played, and why?

It’s hard to say exactly, but in general I would say the EDC festivals would be the wildest. Whether it be EDC Mexico or EDC Las Vegas, I’m always screaming onstage as I play to a sea of ants.

12. Who's been your most important career mentor, and why?

I would say either deadmau5 or Porter Robinson. They both made their own sound/brand and really created a world within their music.

13. You've worked with rock acts like Aaron Gillespie, Grabbitz and now Pvris. Why does your sound pair so well with rock?

I’ve been listening to bands my whole life, so I think my sound has band inspired melodies and naturally gravitates towards rock music.

14. Your new track is called "Sacrificial." What's the biggest sacrifice you've had to make in order to do what you do?

Learning to produce music is very time consuming, so I’ve had to use more of my time focusing on my music rather than socializing. Now that I know what I’m doing I don’t have this issue anymore, but when I was learning I was a lot more isolated.

15. What's distinctive about your fan base?

They are extremely loyal, passionate and committed to the entirety of my project.

16. What's been the hardest part of being off the road during the pandemic? The best part?

The hardest part of being off the road is that I miss having a schedule of things to continuously look forward to. The best part, however, is that I’m able to fully relax and have more time to make music.

17. What's the best business decision you've made during your career?

My best career decision was signing with my manager. I fully trusted him even though we just met.

18. What's one thing you'd like your fans to know about you?

My fans always know a lot about me. [laughs] I want my fans to know that I have a personal Twitter called @sunglasssister.

19. What's one piece of advice you'd give to aspiring producers?

My advice would be to stay focused and disciplined with making music. The only way to really see progress is to fully dive in and make it a top priority.

20. What's one piece of advice you'd give to your younger self?

I would say just continue to live life with kindness and compassion. Stay focused and motivated and to not be too hard on myself.

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