Jano (Alejandro Zanzi), is a 26 year old Uruguayan singer and songwriter who started his career at the “Atlantic Song Festival” in the year 2000. In 2002 he travelled to Buenos Aires, Argentina and became one of the top 15 finalists of the reality TV show “Popstars” (Telefé).
He returned to Uruguay where he wrote and recorded the songs for Ciclo Basico, his first album; produced by Eduardo Barceló and Geremy Cajtak. In 2005 he started working independently. That same year he wrote, recorded and performed two songs (“Back on the road” and “Someone’s watching over me”) for an international edition of the American TV show “Purely Music” (Safe TV).
In 2006 he signed with Clippers; a company from Barcelona, Spain; to write songs for other artists. While during 2008 he wrote and produced The Breakup; which was released in digital format by “La Cupula House of Music” and iTunes.
In 2010 Jano accepted the offer to write and arrange the songs for the musical play “Noctámbulo: un amor prohibido” (Sleepwalker: a forbidden love) which debuted at the Broadway Theatre in Buenos Aires, Argentina. For this work he became well known in the Argentinian specialized press. In 2011 he composed the song “Gone with the waves” for ‘Falling in love with you again’, a documentary film about the history of surfing which is currently in post-production.
By the end of that year he started working on the songs for Apocalipsis WOW! His new studio album; produced by Daniel Anselmi. At the same time he worked on a remix for Emil Montgomery’s song “Space is a dream” with DJ Paola Dalto, which was presented at the show “Faro Sur” in the Solís Theatre of Montevideo.
Apocalipsis WOW! contains two duets with artists Dani Umpi and Gia; and two remixes by Fernando Picón and Ariel Perazzoli; two outstanding DJs in the Uruguayan electronic music culture. Its first two singles are “Bad bad boy” and “Todo Vale” (Everything goes) Feat. Dani Umpi.
Apocalipsis WOW! was released by indie label SurBeats in both digital and CD format and while also being preselected for the Latin Grammy Awards.
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Second or third albums aren’t always as good as first albums. You have you entire life to make the first one but only a year or so to make the next one. But Jano has not let us down with this album. Jano is a master at perfecting the art of rock-pop-dance tunes. The songs have good hooks, catchy melodies, smart lyrics, and you can’t deny the fact that Jano has a great range.
Call it what you will, with this new album, Jano has definitely found his niche. The creativity and energy put into this album is ridiculously amazing. The lyrics are sharp and catchy, while Jano matches the words up with the perfect tones to deliver each song with a strong emotional feeling.
Jano is one of those rare artists that you only have to hear once and then you’re hooked. With each release, he seems to mature and become more and more spectacular. The rocking beats, smooth vocals and catchy melodies on Apocalipsis WOW! will get your attention rather quickly.
This perfectly paced album is anchored by the propelling rhythms of drums and bass as well as being driven by Jano, who brings each melody to life with a voice that’s both graceful and forceful. Of the fifteen tracks my favourites are “End Of The World”, “Bad Bad Boy”, “Switch feat. Gia Love”, “Your Name”, “Say It To My Face”, “Nemesis”and “Sorry”. To be honest however this album has no bad tracks and is listenable the entire way through. There’s an inherent balance to the music of even parts grit and grace, and the powerful lyrics and skilled musicians, together craft a great background for Jano to shine on!
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