FOR THE DURATION OF THE COMPETITION, SALUTE WILL BE FEATURING MUSIC MAKERS TO INCREASE THEIR EXPOSURE AND PROVIDE A PLATFORM FOR THEM TO SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCES AND SOUNDS.
- SALUTE: hi Mezmah, quick question to start: What got you into making music?
I guess my initial attraction to music began with my attempts at singing at a young age, though for as long as I can remember, rap and hip hop has always been a staple amongst the top of my genre choices.
From writing raps in high school notebooks to recording songs over skype headsets, hip hop’s really been the one that I’ve working on perfecting the craft. Having said this, the sound I’m really trying to go for isn’t limited, be it a pure rap song or one with the incorporation of melodies. I guess what I mean is that I don’t want my sound to be boxed in as I’m a true believer to be true to yourself when nobody else is looking and that way your product also always stands out.
Growing up in the 90’s, I had a lot of influences, from my mum playing Joe or Boyz II Men cassette’s to the older kids in the neighbourhood exposing me to the golden era of hip hop, with songs from the Notorious BIG, Big L, Nas, 2Pac. All these formed a part of my influences to date as well as a lot of the newer artists. People might find this odd but I’m also inspired by Banksy and how he conveys his messages in way that makes people take notice without even knowing who he is! That to me shows someone dedicated to their craft more than anything.
- SALUTE: We hear you Mez. Creative inspiration can develop from different artistic mediums, in hip hop culture the element of Graffiti is incorporated into the culture as well, which has been a big inspiration for artists like Banksy. But back to your music, what challenges have you faced with developing your career?
The biggest challenges of breaking through probably have been gaining the exposure and money to push my art. If there’s anything I’ve learnt, it’s that success doesn’t happen overnight unless you have got a way into the industry through a connection (not all a&r’s I’ve encountered had my best interests at heart). Thankfully, as well as doing my own promotion (from the artwork to marketing), I’ve managed to make steady gains and get my songs featured on few blogs globally and some Soundcloud channels such as Worldstar & The Good Vibe co.
All these experiences so far constantly push me to want to go further and not stop at any cause. Nothing’s ever guaranteed in life but if there’s one thing that is, it’s that a lot of successful people became successful because they overcame barriers they faced.
- SALUTE: True indeed. What do you think about the SALUTE competition?
As long as I make music that paints my story truthfully yet relate to someone else’s story, then I feel I’m on the right track. SALUTE fits that bracket perfectly by giving independent artists the chance and platform to showcase their creativity and uniqueness, plus the chance to reach a new audience. It’s good to know that there is something out there for those aspiring to turn their dreams into a reality.
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