• Allie Russell

ZCM Kazi in the spotlight | Exclusive interview

The morning coffee is just consumed, and im starting to feel human again. The weekend is so close I can feel it on the tip of my nose! I don’t really know why we all cling to the idea that the weekends are this “holy” thing. It’s nice, yeah, but if you’re like me you spend it mostly loafing around. Well there is one holy thing, which is new music Friday. But that’s not until tomorrow, so in the meantime we will do an interview to quench our thirst. Happily, the Floridian artist ZCM Kazi is here to our rescue. So without further ado, lets get to the interview!

What is your musical background? How did you get into music?

I grew up around music, listening to Aerosmith, Metallica etc, my dad had a whole binder full of albums he would always play. When I got a bit older, around 7 years old I discovered Eminem, and I was fascinated. I remember asking my grandfather to get me the “Eminem show” CD and he did, I had it in my CD player everyday. Eventually I got into NWA and Eazy-E, and knew I wanted to rap. I idolized Eazy-E growing up.

What are your biggest motivations?

My biggest motivation is to always be a better version of myself then I was yesterday. I never compare myself to other people, I’m in a constant competition with myself, it’s a never-ending self-improvement journey. My kids are also one of my biggest motivators, being a father has always pushed me even further to better myself, because if I’m 100% then my kids will be as well. As a father I strive for perfection and want to be the best I can possibly be for them.

How do you do your daily work?

My daily work is complicated, I have a very complicated process when it comes to creating my content. I’ve always got ideas flowing through my head, it’s endless. I’m always rapping to myself, talking to myself and writing content in the notepad on my iPhone. Then eventually it all just comes together, I hear the beat and it just comes naturally to me like it’s one of my senses.

Why did you choose to be an artist?

I chose to be an artist because music is the one thing, I’ve enjoyed the most my whole life. I remember singing to people when I was 4 years old, I’d write songs and sing them. It was only when I was around 9 years old, I found a microphone in my grandfather’s box of computer parts and discovered that I could plug it in and record myself. After that, it was a wrap. I stayed up all night, sometimes till 6 AM recording entire mixtapes, then I’d pass them out at school. I’ve always connected to music, to me it’s more than just something I can hear. I can feel it in my soul.

What are your ultimate career goals?

My ultimate goal is to make a name for myself and be successful at what I do. I want to be an innovator, be able to create my own space and dominate it. I want to influence people, help people, even if it’s just by being relatable through a song.

How do you go about honing your music skills?

I try to hone my skills by practice, just like anything else you want to be good at. Music comes very naturally to me, but I know I can always be better. It’s like a muscle so I exercise it, whether I’m writing, or listening to beats in the car with my boys free styling.

Describe your dream project

My dream project at the moment would probably be to work with Drake, man he gets so much hate, but I think he’s an innovator and he’s absolutely dominating every space. He’s versatile, and that’s something I think you need to have the ability to be to stay on top.

How do you define success as an artist?

Success as an artist I believe is subjective, there’s no one size fits all. People gauge success off of different things, so in my mind, it’s whatever makes you happy, like truly happy. I love doing what I do, I’m never content though, I know I can always be better and I’m constantly becoming better. Success for me isn’t a place where I can say “okay I made it”, because it’s never ending till the day I die, but as long as I’m loving what I’m doing, I’m successful by my own standards.

What are you working on at the moment?

Right now, I’m working on too many projects, songs etc. I tend to take on more than I can finish in a reasonable amount of time. It’s because my mind never stops, ideas just flow through me like crazy. I’m always writing, always rapping into the microphone on my iPhone, I must have a million voice recordings of song ideas.

How do you know when a song is finished?

I know my song is finished when I get this certain feeling. It’s hard to describe in words, you know that gut feeling you get? Almost like intuition, sort of like that. I play my song in the car about 10 times before I make the call to release it. But usually by the second time hearing it I know it’s ready.

What is the biggest challenge of being an artist?

I think the biggest challenge of being an artist is getting yourself out there. Music is oversaturated with people trying to make it big. A lot of them not really even passionate about it. Most people are pretty hesitant to hear new music, especially if you aren’t on your way up already. Which I can’t blame them, there’s a lot of low-quality music out here.

Anything you would like to tell your fans?

What I would like to tell everyone is they’re not “fans”, they’re family. Anyone who supports me is more than just a “fan”. Without people supporting me, my music wouldn’t have a place in this world, a lot of these people are people who hear me and can relate to what I say, they can feel my music on another level. I appreciate each and every person who shows me love and support.

Without fans we’re nothing, well put ZCM Kazi! Thank you very much for being on 24 Carat Sounds. We wish you all the best in your future musical endeavors, and hope to see you back soon!