Zander Bleck @zanderbleck | Photography by Hanna Bixel @hanna_bixel |Grooming by Keon Cruz @keeocruz | Styled by Amanda Massi @massistyles
Tell us what you’re working on right now. What can we get excited for?
I am working on the finishing touches of my first EP that is set to release at the very start of 2019. I think it's the best music I’ve ever made!
What was the best moment of your career so far?
There have been many moments that have made me stop and look around and think “Wow I am the luckiest guy I know." I think when I made the Mercy Me video it represented such a new chapter in my career and that excited me more than anything I'd done before.
Can you tell in advance if someone is going to be successful or failure?
I’d like to think I can now. If there is one thing I’ve gotten significantly better at, it's noticing the magic. I'ts a weird intangible X factor that really drives the whole creative process. The trick is to really ignore ones vanity, which is always hard as an artist. I think the key to any artist is to make something for the world instead of oneself. As contradictory as that might sound.
Is what you’re doing now what you always wanted to do growing up?
I really am. I used to dream about being an artist, traveling the world and being able to translate experiences and stories into songs and art. It was either that or a major league pitcher. I think I chose the right one.
What’s your favorite book/movie of all time and why did it speak to you so much?
My favorite film is Vanilla Sky. It speaks to me on many different levels. I like cerebral films that keep your mind open when it's so easy to get bogged down with day to day life. I would say my favorite book is The Count of Monte Cristo. I love a good redemption story.
If you lost everything tomorrow, whose arms would you run into to make everything ok?
I would run into Mother Nature’s arms. Travel the world. Live in weird places. Speak different languages. Surf. Help wherever I could. Climb the Himalayas.
If today was the last day of your life, what would you want to do?
Try out one of those flying squirrel suits. And then get shot into space.
What would you do differently if you knew that no one was judging you?
I can honestly say I don’t do things out of the fear of being judged. I do however hold myself up to difficultly high standards. If I could lose that, I could be more content with a simpler life.
Are you holding onto something that you need to let go of? What’s stopping you?
To be an effective artist, I think its a lifelong mission to lose one's vanity. I am trying to let go more so every day. Let go. Have faith.
What is the difference between living and existing?
Living is the being in the state of creation, existing is being in the state of survival. I try to stay in creation as often as possible.