“Originally I’m from Lubbock, a small city in west Texas. Educationally it’s a great city, but musically there wasn’t much to offer which is why I moved to Houston for more opportunities. Houston’s underground artists and fans are somewhat of a subculture here which is cool.”
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Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Zay Vasquez: Music is a family thing, so honestly it’s all I’ve known from the beginning. Growing up I remember watching my grandpa, uncles, and aunts play together in the backyard on the weekends. My cousins and I had lip syncing battles while my family members played the songs for us. I began taking all of this seriously when I was about 16. I started off writing poetry, then I ventured off into songwriting and have yet to look back.
The entertainment business for me has been a roller coaster. Most of my issues have been having to start all over a few times because life hit me too hard for one reason or another. I would have to set music aside and focus on myself before I could start my music back up again. I’ve always held up to my responsibilities, so it’s always left an open door for me to go back.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
The biggest piece of advice that I have is to believe and invest in yourself because people will take you more seriously when you do. Also, try not to keep “yes men” all around you – meaning people that are quick to tell you it sounds good just to get you out of their face or just be around you.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
One of the hardest things is being my own worst critic and over critiquing my work. Another thing is it’s hard to stay current with certain issues in your music due to technology advancing so quickly even though the information is at your fingertips; there’s still so much going on all the time.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Facebook is a great tool for promotion and placement where you need it if you’re doing it correctly. They have online classes or you could hire a marketing team which can be expensive. Soundcloud is another great way to be heard and pick up a following as well as promoting your music.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
Originally I’m from Lubbock, a small city in west Texas. Educationally it’s a great city, but musically there wasn’t much to offer which is why I moved to Houston for more opportunities. Houston’s underground artists and fans are somewhat of a subculture here which is cool.
It was a great experience to be a part of the tours with T-Lady of The Grinding Bulliez and Tessa Allen of Boss Hall Ent. The fans here are amazing and very receptive to the vast majority styles of music. However, there is a lot of undiscovered talent here.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I see myself furthered in my career while still honing my craft because it’s a never ending process of learning. Also, picking up a few new skills along the way.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My grandfather was my biggest inspiration to do music and still is. I’m helping to continue his legacy of music that passes from generation to generation. I don’t have anyone that I look up to in particular, but I do admire a couple people’s strategies in their road to success.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
There’s a few artists that are putting out good music. As for other artists, there seems to be an epidemic of music with no substance. The message they’re giving is rubbish and gives no direction. I like the production more than I like the lyrics. I’m not speaking to everybody, but if the shoe fits wear it.