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I am Zzz, a 16-year-old artist out of Miami. My name symbolizes how people slept on me while growing up. Throughout my life, there were times I felt left out of the picture. I’ve been making music for about two years now. My music has created an outlet for me to be my greatest gift. As time progressed my style has evolved, my style that mainly focuses on melodies and relatable stories.
The stories I create are based on my personal high school experiences. I am very close with my family as they are all my number one supporter who wish the best for me. I hope to inspire millions in the future with my music and become one of the best to ever do it. I would describe myself as motivated and disciplined. I work as hard as I can to put out the best music possible.
When did you first discover your love for music?
Ever since I was a little kid, I messed around with instruments even though I didn’t know how to play. I started to realize over time the sounds soothe me and ultimately made me happier.
I started playing more sports as I got older, but music came back to me in high school when I got a serious injury. Now my love for music is stronger than ever and I’ve been able to create sounds that properly release my emotions and make me a happier person.
To what do you accredit your sense of style?
My sense of style is more of a pop / alternative type vibe with a touch of hip hop. I like to be unique and think of certain sounds and melodies that not many people have created yet. Overall, I like to create a real natural sound that’s mostly my voice than anything else.
How do you feel about the present state of the music industry?
I feel like a lot of people are overlooked and it places this stigma on money and fame. Although there’s a lot of people that seem fake with these massive egos within all the hype there are real genuine people. I haven’t really dived into the music industry so I can’t say much however I hope soon that will be a different discussion.
What musical influences did you listen to growing up that helped to mold you into the artist you are today?
Some artists that have molded me into the artist I am today would be Drake and Ed Sheeran during my early stages of me developing music and as of now, I feel like Juice Wrld, Iann Dior have helped me discover my melodic side to myself. I find it crazy that a lot of my inspirations have passed away at such an early age but at the same time, it motivates me to create the best music I possibly can to soon try and fill in the shoes they left for younger generations.
What do you think your “biggest break” or “greatest opportunity” has been so far in your musical career?
I recently got co-signed or shouted out by DJ Khaled one of the greatest to ever step foot into the music industry. It felt surreal when he told me my music meant something and he felt my lyrics and style and melody. Being able to share my music with such an icon has built my confidence and my discipline to keep striving because he told me I got next.
What are your greatest challenges as an artist, and what is your greatest attribute when it comes to your work ethic in the studio?
My greatest challenge as an artist is when I get writer’s block and can’t seem to create a certain melody over a beat. This doesn’t happen a lot because I tend to freestyle my lyrics out more than writing them which I would say is my greatest attribute when working on music. I’m also able to use what I have to the best ability. I can create high-quality music through only cheap equipment and old programming. I literally have made all my music off a 2005 garage band software.
What impression would you like listeners to be left with after hearing your music? what will people be able to say about you as an artist?
I want to make people believe that I can consistently deliver good music that’s relatable for many people to enjoy and know they aren’t alone. Like I said earlier I get emotional within my lyrics in order to let all the negative things out of my head. I want to be remembered as a young kid who was able to go from recording music in his living room to inspiring millions of people that can see themselves in me.
What image do you think your music conveys and why did you choose this type of image for your music?
I think the image my music conveys would ultimately be a high school kid who has matured and realizes the good and bad in high school dissociating from the picture by bringing light to what really matters for one’s future. I chose this type of picture for my music because I feel like its unique and could be highly respected. Not many kids are able to read people and the way they react to certain things, but I feel like that’s something I’m good at.
What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?
Be yourself and constantly work on your craft. Two years ago, I had no idea where this would take me but now I’m going to be a senior in high school and what merely started as a joke for kids to shame me and make fun of me has grown into a family of lifelong supporters, a possible future career and happiness for me.
I never would have thought that I could make it this far if you would have told me two years ago that now I would have 750,000+ streams across all platforms I would have laughed and said you wish so seriously don’t let anyone deter you from your dreams. Shout out to Mrs. Sharp my chemistry teacher in my sophomore year who told me my music isn’t music!
How can potential fans find you?
You guys can check my Instagram out @zzz.sammm, I’m on all platforms as Zzz. I just made a website as well where you can get links to all my music. Please come interact with me I love all the support and love getting to know my fans.
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