“Hip hop is headed to the top now and it’s going to blow up again. Everyone need to stick to they own platform.”

Check out the interview with Zone EZ exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Zone EZ:
I was able to start with a keyboard and a karaoke machine. I love music so much as a kid. My mom and sisters are singers so I heard them sing a lot. The journey came after a friend invited me to his house to rap. His brother was into music. I went to go see my homie Buck James who is like a cousin. He just got out of prison for breaking into a place to get a computer to rap on and we just kept doing it.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I like to promote by selling music. To be honest, you know who is a hustler if they’re out selling.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
There’s a lot of artists and people who support friends and family even if the music isn’t that good. Seeing these things is a challenge because it’s a waiting game that pushes the real artists back.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
I’m from Mississippi, but I’m in Lil Harlem, Omaha, NE. Nobody’s getting signed. Some music is okay. I like Young Tek, Too Real, and HSG. The state of Nebraska isn’t that credible for hip hop, so a lot of the artists will never make it big. In Mississippi I like Smoke Dizzle, Big Krit, etc.

Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
I like Jay Z and what he’s doing as a black role model and making Tidal. I think black artists should support him and he taking that money and giving back to the black community is good. Hip hop is headed to the top now and it’s going to blow up again. Everyone need to stick to they own platform.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
My advice is to respect other artist’s spots. If one person is doing this don’t do what they’re doing because you’re messing it for you and him because people see this and they say he copied him and now they got two artists that sound alike and find something else.

What inspires you to write your next song?
Everyone, everywhere, and everything inspires me. I have a million ideas. I want to sign with a producer to make my beats because I got so much going on I could just record the lyrics I got and just let him build around my lyrics. Just to have someone on that level of music intelligence with me would be awesome.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
Can’t tell, that’s a secret. I take a beat, write the flow, and then the hook.

What do you think makes a great song?
Vibe and lyrics, got to connect with it. Like a teacher in class, got to vibe with the teacher to learn. If not you can’t learn if you don’t like or understand him or her.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/12punch
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Bzonezone
Instagram: www.instagram.com/zone_ez