“I think like any other independent artist trying to make a name for themselves it becomes hard financially to be able to fork out money to promote or market every release.”

Check out the interview with Zeal Static exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Zeal Static:
I got into producing and writing my own songs during high school, but only when I left school is when I started focusing on a music career. My first break was in 2010 when I released my first mixtape album, Tha Underground Railroad Vol 1, which was hosted by Australia’s number 1 urban DJ, Nino Brown. The release got positive feedback and gave me confidence to come out with a single release the following year.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
Since the arrival of the internet and social media, it’s been a blessing for independent artists and musicians to be able to create and reach a certain demographic or fan base. I promote my music using every online avenue possible.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
I think like any other independent artist trying to make a name for themselves it becomes hard financially to be able to fork out money to promote or market every release. The only way to make a dent in the music industry or be noticed is to research and take advantage of all resources.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
As a hip hop/rap artist in Australia where the genre was initially dominated by whites it was hard for a nonwhite to come up. Now a lot of that has changed and the music scene is more saturated as more people of color and natives are becoming the forefront of hip hop and creating different styles.

Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
There is always going to be some trouble in the music business, either political or just music. Speaking from a hip hop stand point artists should be using the genre to speak about their community, the issues that they see and face on a daily basis. They should bring back the elements of hip hop and utilize it in promoting the culture.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Success is not granted and it definitely isn’t loyal; you’ll be remembered for a few minutes and if you don’t follow up with another hit your lost in the sea. You have to be consistent and keep trying new and different strategies to get to where you want to be.

What inspires you to write your next song?
My songs are inspired by past and current experiences, the things that affect us as human beings, our trials and tribulations. I like to tell a story in my songs and make the listener picture what I am saying as if it’s a movie.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
I like to listen to the beat and study it before I start writing to it. This allows to me judge the melody, tempo, and mood of the beat and based on these factors I write the lyrics.

What do you think makes a great song?
A hip hop song needs to have a dope beat, lyrical content, flow and energy, and really good post production.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Official website: www.meettherebel.com
Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/zealstatic
Facebook: www.facebook.com/zealstatic
Twitter: www.twitter.com/realzealstatic
Instagram: www.instagram.com/zealstatic
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/zealstatic