Zackwa, born in Florence,AL and raised in the Atlanta area. He grew up the hard way. From the rough streets of the U.S.A traveling all over as he ventured to understand life. Music influenced his lifestyles as he tried to grasp his own concept of life and forming his music to dictate his own future and making a way for artist alike. Great music, Great Sound and One Heck of an adventure.
The newest peculiar recording engineer, mixing engineer, mastering engineer, song writer, and producer sets a new stage for music.
Zackwa holds fast to his musical passion that started at the age of 5.
His passion for music started surfacing to the light after piano lessons. After studying audio engineering and working in different studios he was presented with the opportunity to work alongside the accomplished A&R executive Askia Fountain.
Currently, Zackwa released his first album titled Ghetto Gospel on 2/22/2022. His future plans involve creating and producing more albums not only for the ears to adore; but for the inner man to thrive.
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Have you always been interested in music? What is your story and how did you start making music?
I started getting into music when I was young, well I guess I could say I was forced to get into music lol my mom didn’t give me much choice but funny story, she would hire a teacher to come teach me piano and I would be outside playing somewhere or hiding so that I wouldn’t have to do it lol the mindset I had lol but the classes I did attend because I didn’t skip all of them lol I learned a lot and enough to know I loved music. So I later got into the band and I played the trombone, I liked the way it slided lol it was cool yo me but I learned music structure ,compositions and how to read and write music. I later got into engineering and worked at a few different studios in the Atlanta area and shortly after got into production and song writing and worked with a few A&R’s. My life though, my life has been an interesting one, I’ve been through a lot, learned a lot and grown a lot lol from being in the streets, to street racing, to basketball and whatever else I got into. And even the experiences in the industry have sculpted me to become the person I am today.
What are you working on now? Any future releases we can look forward to?
I’m currently working on album number 2. But I in a straight right now whether to stay full independent or sign to a label. Just weighing my options. I have a meeting with Atlantic Records at the end of the month so we’ll see what they’re talking about.
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry?
To create a new avenue of music, raw authentic sounds, originality. For myself, to control my own content and truly express and paint the picture i want to get across. I want people to be able to paint their pictures and enlighten the world.
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus Far?
My biggest challenge has always been myself, fighting between who I wanted to be and what content or message I would send out. I didn’t want to lead anyone somewhere I wasn’t willing to go or to do something I would regret doing. I do things and invest in things that I believe in and I put all my passion behind it.
How do you go about writing a song? Do you have a melody in your head and then write the other music for it or what’s Your typical songwriting process?
Most songs start with a hook because I have to understand what I’m writing and where I’m trying to take the person. But I do have some exceptions, if the song comes in powerful sometimes I’ll write the verse first and there’s some other exceptions to the rules lol
How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
The internet opened a door for people like me. Someone who is riding in between the lines in sound and content. It allows the people to hear original content from artists without any industry influence. It’s definitely been a blessing for me.
List some famous musicians currently on your playlist?
Earth, Wind and Fire
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
I played basketball, did a lot of foolish things in the streets trying to make money. I was a server at a couple restaurants, worked in the industry for awhile with a few A&R’s engineering and producing for them. I didn’t get into song writing until I started working on my own projects but I was well acquainted with music structure and melodies so that helped out.
Would you have any advice for young people wanting to follow in your footsteps?
Take your time. See what message you really want to stand by and then stand by it. We all have a voice, we all have an instrument, it’s made to be played you just have to have the right tune. I stand behind the things I do because I love to do them, my passion is there, there’s no flame that will burn out. Find your flame and let it be something meaningful.
If you could change anything about the music industry, what would it be?
Idk, I wouldn’t change anything because where would I be if it was any different? Idk. All I know is where I am and striving to do what I need to do in order to get the job done. I’ve learned one thing, you can’t change people, people have to want to change. People are the industry.
How do you feel about originality?
I’m a huge believer in originality. I love hearing new sounds and concepts. Just anything that’s hot and different but it has to be hot though! Voices are interesting to me, I like how they can be altered and shaped. Especially when being used to get a point across or to feel a specific mood. It’s definitely a craft.
Is there anything else we should know about you? or Something that you would like to add?
I’d like to first thank y’all for having me. I really appreciate it. Just so everyone knows I have the lyric videos for the album “Ghetto Gospel” on YouTube and you can download the album for free on my website. I appreciate y’all’s support and I hope y’all enjoy the music. Be Blessed. Peace