Zerzsez is an independent musician from Green Bay, Wisconsin. His sound can be described as a cross between old school hip-hop with a dance music vibe. When it comes to recording music, he always enjoys
trying to come up with something that is completely unique. He believes that with a solid educational foundation coupled with the strong drive and determination, anything is possible.
Creating music and becoming an entertainer are two of his main goals. One of his earliest experiences with playing music was in middle school with the clarinet. He later dabbed his foot in modeling, and signed to multiple modeling agencies when he was a teenager. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin, Platteville in 2003 with a business degree, he has more time to devote towards recording music.
Independent artist Zerzsez's self-titled EP is his newest release. This 6 track physical release includes 5 new tracks along with a bonus track (Dreadlock Anthem) that was only released previously via digital download.
What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
Hip Hop for sure. I'd describe it as Gritty Old School Hip Hop with Electronica Beats.
How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
My mother came up with Zerzsez. It's derived from Xerxes, the Persian King. She switched the X's to Z's, flipped arouond the S and E and added another Z for safe measure. It's pronounced Zur-za-sez. It's always entertaining trying to hear people try to pronounce it for the first time!
What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?
I'd have to say it would be a couple producers from the 90's. First and foremost it would have to be Timbaland! He basically created his own genre. When I first heard some of his music, I was like the thing that makes this so great is how original it is. I also really like Teddy Riley with the whole new jack era. Since I produce all of my tracks, I aim for creating something unique and original, while staying true to my style.
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
Right now I've upgraded my studio with some new gear that is off the hook. I'm currently working on a new full length album. I already have a couple songs written! Currently I don't have any collaborations planned, however I'm always open to the opportunity!
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
My ultimate goal in the music industry is to become a full fledged entertainer. I want to keep expanding my music to a larger audience worldwide via radio and other means. I'd love to have my music on the billboard charts one day. My plan of action is to keep at it, and always grind. Continue to keep on learning, writing new songs and producing new beats, as well as always being on the look out for new opportunities!
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
My favorite track to perform live would have to be Energy Vamp (Remix) because of it's message. I wrote this song as an anti bullying anthem. Energy Vamp is a song about dealing with energy vampires. People that are always negative, always trying to ruin your good vibes. I'd never heard of this topic discussed in a song, so I wanted to write about it! I wanted to write a song that people could wholeheartedly relate to.
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus far?
I'd have to say my biggest challenge so far is definitely with trying to breakthrough and getting my music on more radio stations. Funding can also be challenging for many independent artists including myself.
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
It can really vary. Sometimes an idea for a song just comes to me. When I was writing my song Dreadlock Anthem, I literally sat down and wrote the whole thing in about 15 minutes. Other times, I'll be playing around on some drums and other instruments until I find something that really stands out for me. Then I just kinda keep adding to it. I can be a perfectionist at times, so beat making can take me longer than writing lyrics. However I always think of song making as putting together a puzzle where you create the pieces for it.
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
Social media has definitely helped with getting my music out there to many of my fans, that I wouldn't have been able to reach otherwise! Social media really is vital for independent artists. Being able to share your music with so many, so easily, is awesome!
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?
Cardi B, Snoop Dogg, Rittz, Tech N9ne, Aaliyah, Dokken, and a ton of 90's Eurodance, Hip Hop, and Rock.
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
I was going to college at the University of Wisconsin Platteville back in 2001. I actually recorded my first ever track "A Hit Bump It" in my dorm room! During my time there I also was in an independent study for music which was really great!
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
My advice for anyone wanting to succeed in the music world would be to have grit. Always have that perseverance and a need for achievement in not only your long term goals, but in everything that you do. Always keep at it. Always stay true to yourself!
What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?:
If I were a top music executive, I'd come up with a way to make it easier for indie artists to get their music on radio stations and other promotional venues.
How Do You Feel About Originality?
Originality is everything to me. I'm always striving to create something that is truly original. The reason I started creating music in the first place was that all the songs I was hearing sounded the same! I like really unique, different sounding music. I'm always trying to create a new sound, something that hasn't been heard before.
Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You Or That You Would Like to Add?
Interesting tidbit, I've been growing my dreads out since 2004. Hahaha! Thank you for the opportunity College Underground Radio! I really appreciate you all reaching out!
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