“From the booth, to writing, to working I learned that no matter what I had to outwork everyone that is consider competition.”

Check out the interview with ZaeGeek exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
It all started growing up in Philadelphia, PA listening to hip hop, oldies, and pop music with my family. Hip hop came from my brother that raps as well, he introduced me to it along with my friends of course. I remember I would write poems to keep my head together. The entertainment didn’t really didn’t come until I was 22 years old when I was in a group named Unrated. It’s when I started to really take it serious and do shows.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Whatever you’re doing, go hard every day, every hour, every min, and every second. Educate yourself while you’re doing it and you will be successful. Work ethic is very important as well, never let anyone outwork you.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
My hardest challenge is my lack of resources and support. I do a lot on my own, but I know I’m not alone as well. My friends support me here in Philadelphia as much as they can and I have a nice group of people that I want to take the time to thank whoever you are in London, Brazil, Australia, and Philippines that show me love.

We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
The best way I found was social media. I miss the times though where you could just go up to known artists or just artists in general and just connect and do music and help each other expand together even if you don’t know them. That didn’t doesn’t happen too much anymore.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
Philadelphia, what can I say? It’s tough, there’s so much talent in music and in entertainment in general. It’s just tough to reach certain crowds in my line of music because it’s kind of a dying thing especially since I’m just starting.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
A year from today I see myself doing shows in the places where people want to hear what I have to say and educating the youth in some way.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
The biggest inspirations is my family. They are the ones I learned everything from, either it be street stuff or just how to be a man. My work ethic comes from them. From the booth, to writing, to working I learned that no matter what I had to outwork everyone that is consider competition.

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
The music coming out today? I don’t have too much to say about it. Some of it is creative and that’s cool, but it doesn’t have much substance to it. I listen to it depending on the mood or setting I should say. I like dudes like Kendrick, Cole, Big Sean, Pusha T, Bob Marley, Al Green, and other artists I feel are dope.

Where can we contact you and find you online?
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/zaegeek00