Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Rizo Balic: I am Songwriter and Composer. I write lyrics and compose music for both Female and Male artists in all tempos in Pop, Rock, R&B, and Dance. I have a collection of 81 professionally recorded songs (54 for Female and 27 for Male Artists). I also compose the music for the movies. Two of my songs: BROKEN DREAMS and ALONE are featured as part of the movie: Unfit Misfit, by 3 Angels Power Inc. a movie company from Canada. The last year a spin off movie: Summer Rewind and they have featured my songs in the movie as follows: Summer Rewind (theme song); EMOTIONS, IT IS TIME; THE STRONGEST ALWAYS SURVIVE; THE MIDNIGHT HOUR; MOONLIGHT ROMANCE (Instrumental); I'VE TO GO (Instrumental). For the movie Summer Rewind, also, I have composed the background music for the movie. Recently 3 Angels Power INC. started filming third full length movie: Chi Ann Blaze Of Fury, and I was commissioned to write the theme song for the movie: Fear Those Who Turns Love To Hate. The management team are planning to use some of my other songs for the movie, either a full version or Instrumental music as a background for the movie.
How long have you been creating songs?
Rizo Balic: More than 20 years!
What inspired you to get started?
Rizo Balic: Since early age in the primary school, I loved to write poems. While I was studying at the Political Science University – Belgrade, I was introduced to the Western Music, and had a chance to listen music from ABBA, Beatles, Elton John etc. Unfortunately, due to Education System in Former Yugoslavia, I was not able to learn or speak the English language at all. After completing my studies in June 1988, I was aware that the political situation in Former Yugoslavia (after the death of the President Tito) were getting worsen day by day and the Civil War was eminent to happen any day. I knew that the life in my country or birth (Former Yugoslavia) it is going to change forever, so, I thought the best way forward for me it will be to leave and look for a new life in England and that is what I did at the begin of August 1988. The rest it is a history.
How would you describe your sound/style?
Rizo Balic: Cross between Pop and Soul. Majority of my lyrics are very emotional with a strong message about love, life and other relevant themes and subjects.
Who are your current inspirations in the music industry?
Rizo Balic: As a Songwriter: White Button (Yugoslavian Rock Band), ABBA, Beatles, Elton John, Madonna, Britney Spears. As a Composer: John Williams
How do you go about writing a song and what is your process?
Rizo Balic: In the past when I used to write the lyrics, often I just need to read a headlines in the newspaper to get an idea what I am going to write about. Here it is an example: For the song: DEPRESSED RECLUSE. At the begin of September 2007, with my wife Christine, we were on a holiday in Cyprus. Usually while I am on a holiday, I like to write the lyrics, and to have an idea what to write about, I glanced trough a Daily Mirror newspaper and there inside the newspaper, I read an article written by Gary Barlow about his state of the mind after his band: Take That were split up. Among other words inside the article were words: “Depressed Recluse”. After reading the story about Gary Barlow’s desire for band’s revival, it was enough idea to write the lyrics. So, I wrote the lyrics and after returning home from the holiday, I have composed the music and then send it to my business partner: Diamond Studios, who has recorded almost all of my songs, they have recorded a vocal version of the song. The rest it is the history. For all music fans, please, feel free to visit my enclosed links at the end of the interview to find out more about the song: DEPRESSED RECLUSE, to have some better ideas about the subject of some of my songs’ lyrics I have wrote.
What are you currently working on?
Rizo Balic: It all depends on Songtradr request. As a Composer, I am a professional member with Songtradr, a Music licensing opportunity. Often (almost daily) they are advertising a new music projects from around the world with all relevant details about the song details such as: Music Style, Length of the song, Moods, Tempos, etc. If I find any of current or “short deadline” opportunities, that I am confident enough to record a new version in my “home recording studio” I get to it at once. Sometimes, I do record 2-3 songs in a day, while other time, it is a few weeks before I records a song. Also, if I am not working on new song/songs, I am doing a promotion campaign, promoting my music on Spotify or any other relevant vendors and music opportunity providers.
What did you buy with your first check off music?
Rizo Balic: When, I received my first royalties from my music, I tough the best way to spend the money it will be to buy a small ornament always to remind me on my first music royalties.
What are your must-haves when you're in the studio creating?
Rizo Balic: I don’t drink, smoke, drink tea or coffee, so, I do not think I do not have anything in my home studio to help me or inspire regarding my music creation.
What is the best piece of advice in this business you actually used?
Rizo Balic: Stay positive and never give up.
Will you be collaborating with any other artists in the future?
Rizo Balic: This is something out of my hand. Yes, of course I would be very happy to write songs for any established or upcoming Artists and Bands. To all artists and bands worldwide, if you are looking for new songs for your music career, please get in touch and I will be more than happy to meet all of your demands.
Do you think your music is mostly enjoyed more for the beats or for the lyrical flow and content?
Rizo Balic: As a Songwriter, I would say that the contest and meaning of my lyrics it is more powerful than the beats. As a Composer, I would say that flow of the music it is more.
What area do you need to improve on in regards to your career? (Example: Better production, Delivery, Stage presence, etc..)
Rizo Balic: As a Songwriter, I feel I do not need anything to improve, while as a Composer, I will need to improve on my production.
What's your all-time favorite song?
Rizo Balic: If the question it is related to any song recorded by an Artist of Band, then, the answer is: Another Day In Paradise. However, if the question is regarding my own music, then, the answer is as a Songwriter, the song will be: LEAVING THE OLD LIFE BEHIND, the song closely related to my own life. As a Composer, the song is: Midnight Search.
What is your main goal as far as music?
Rizo Balic: To earn enough money to make life easier and better for my family and friends.
Who would you say your music relates to the most?
Rizo Balic: As a Songwriter, to those artists: ABBA, Celine Dion, Britney Spears, Dido, Madonna, Brian Adams, Phil Collins, Joe Cocker. As a Composer; John Williams, Elton John.
When you’re not in the studio, What do you like to do for fun and relaxation?
Rizo Balic: Reading, Jogging, Swimming, Walking, Watching TV.
What’s the biggest highlight of your career thus far?
Rizo Balic: Wrote theme songs for 3 Angels Power INC movies: Summer Rewind, Chi Anne Blaze Of Fury.
What can we expect from you in the future?
Rizo Balic: Hopefully, some of my songs will be featured in Movies, TV Programmes, Dramas, etc.
Anything else you wanna add?
Rizo Balic: Before 1988, I could not speak a single word of English language. Now, on Spotify, Number One Music com, YouTube, Reverb Nation, Soundcloud etc, my songs are played and listened almost in every country in the world. Thanks to 3 Angels Power Inc. who were happy for me to write theme songs for their movies: Summer Rewind and Chi Ann Blaze OF Fury, even when I am gone, my name will be forever part of their movies.
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