“I’m from Dayton, Ohio and there’s a lot of talent here. There’s just not a lot of places to perform at. It’s pretty nice living here, but I really would love to explore the world. I like living here because I’m just used to it I guess. I like things that are familiar.”

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

Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Cazilla:
I started rapping when I was 13, but I attempted to scratch old jazz records when I was 12. I’ve listened to so much music and I kind of just started making my own. Music is my passion and I love the feeling I get when I rap. It’s a great way to vent yourself.

What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
Do shows. Meet a lot of people and show them your music. Hit up blogs. Make yourself known locally and hopefully the love will spread further.

What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
Just a guy that makes great music for everyone to enjoy. I’m not really in it for the money. I just want respect and to be able to give back to the world.

What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
It’s completive. There’s a lot a people who make music. It’s like everybody’s trying to apply for the same job when there’s only a couple open slots left. I like competition.

What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
I’m from Dayton, Ohio and there’s a lot of talent here. There’s just not a lot of places to perform at. It’s pretty nice living here, but I really would love to explore the world. I like living here because I’m just used to it I guess. I like things that are familiar.

What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Just keep working. Believe in yourself. Don’t listen if someone’s being negative towards you. And make good music.

What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
I hosted a show at a bar in my city for my mixtape release. And it was awesome. The energy from the crowd was amazing. I opened up for Lantana. That was another crazy show. Also just the fun of making music. It’s just a good time.

What is your inspiration?
My inspiration has to be some of my friends. Inspiration is just all in my head. When I feel like I’m in a good situation I feel inspired to do stuff. Staying healthy definitely helps me stay inspired/motivated. Musically I’m inspired by artist like Logic, Wiz, Mac Miller, RHCP, and a lot more.

Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Yeah. It’s a challenge but definitely possible.

Where can we find you on social media?
Facebook: www.facebook.com/zac.ali.94
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/cazilla
Twitter @zacrali
Instagram @zacali