Interview: Tanzos addresses the tiring seek of approvals on new track

Hailing all the way from Austria, Mik Tanzos is the talent behind indie rock project Tanzos. As the frontman and songwriter for indie quintet Zeronic, Mik has already championed an impressive music career. Now taking the leap with solo material, he releases new single ‘How Do You Want Me?’

Launching straight into squalling guitar harmonics and reverb-addled riffs, ‘How Do You Want Me?’ is an explosive burst of energy. Through Mik’s robust vocals, the number explores the emotions and pressures felt when striving for the acceptance of others.

Discussing the inspiration behind the thundering track, he tells us: “This song tries to capture an ongoing inner dialogue, which might be different for every person, but in its core; it is quite similar. Whole industries are built upon this simple question and the urge to please someone.”

Hey Tanzos, welcome to BBM. How’s it going?

It is a pretty difficult time for a lot of people, but I am okay and very happy to talk to you guys!

Who are your musical influences?

Inspiration can come from the strangest places and it does change a lot over the years. When it comes to musicians, I have always been impressed by the incredible creativity of David Bowie, David Byrne, or Paul Weller – just to name a few long-time favourites.

Nice! Tell us about your new single ‘How Do You Want Me?’, what were your inspirations behind the track?

It tries to capture an ongoing inner dialogue that might be different for every person, but in its core; it is quite similar. Whole industries are built upon this simple question and the urge to please someone. I have tried to capture this feeling in the song.

Were there any challenges when creating ‘How Do You Want Me?’

Writing the song was a very joyful experience because it was written in one afternoon; which is something that doesn’t happen too often. But recording some of the high notes in the chorus was pretty challenging. On the other hand, this kind of challenge really fits the song and the song title.

How would you describe your sound in three words?

Songorientated, melodic, (hopefully) timeless. Four words… hope that’s okay!

That’s okay, we’ll let you off! When creating new music, what part of the process do you enjoy the most?

The initial spark is definitely the best moment of creating anything new. Recording that very first idea right into your phone or whatever device, knowing it will be a song in the near future.

If you could headline any festival in the world, what festival would you choose and why?

I would go for Primavera Sound in Barcelona – always a sensational line-up. And a good chance of perfect festival weather.

Any advice for aspiring artists?

Don´t ever give up.

Finally, what can we expect from Tanzos in the future?

In the near future, there will be a string of new singles – which I’m very excited about!

‘How Do You Want Me?’ out now.