Share your life story with us.

My name is Mezmah, a rapper from the UK. Though I’ve called these shores home the best part of nearly 20 years, I was born and spent my early childhood in Kenya and I guess the fusion of these two cultures have really shaped my musical interests and tastes. American culture is big anywhere and this is no different to Kenya but when I moved to the UK, I was exposed to something different, with sounds of garage, English rap and grime. As I grew older, my tastes naturally expanded, and I’ve been eager to find a middle ground in representing the music that’s shaped me as an artist. 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 in being true to yourself when nobody else is looking and that way your product also always stands out. 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 his/her craft more than anything.

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List the names of those that have assisted you so far in your music career and use this opportunity to thank them.

Out of all, my mum has been the biggest supporter. Without even expecting more, she went above and beyond to keep me pushing and continually providing the words of wisdom behind what I’m trying to achieve. I thank her. I also thank my family for their support. Lastly, I thank someone who I wrote the song ‘strangers now’ about; without naming her in public, I appreciated the conversation I had on the way back from college where she told me what I was before I knew I was.

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Narrate your experience while recording in the studio or while touring.

I usually take a moment to listen to some music beforehand sipping tea and water to get me in the mood to record. After that, I’ll do some takes to warm up my voice and record different versions of the song I’m going to eventually record so I can pick one of them and go with it. Though I already have the idea of the type of song I’m going to make, I often find something messing around before that I can add in.

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Go into detail about your songwriting process.

A lot of my music revolves around things I’ve either been through or witnessed in someone else. Piecing the idea first is the most important. I can collect these from various places and put them together to form a song. This can be anywhere from a train trip to even the shower! The idea always has to be simple, in that you get it then add all the other elements into it, sort of like a tree. Once you get the trunk, you can add in the branches and stuff.

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Brief us on what you have on the way for your fans out there.

More music that hopefully shows my growth, plus a few other

merchandise ideas that I’m looking to bring to the forefront soon.

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Tell us what you are doing to increase your fan base.

Sending my music to blogs, collaborating with other artists, building relationships with people in and around the music industry as well as playing my music to the public. You’d be surprised by the power of word of mouth.

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Tell us that point in time that you just feel like giving up on your

music career.

When I had no money whilst searching for a job to put into my music. I felt like whatever I imagined or envisioned couldn’t become a reality because I couldn’t get it mixed or mastered and therefore started questioning if I was just wasting my time. Also, when I initially started and didn’t sound good, people would try to put me off but I’ve witnessed the progress enough to see that everybody starts from somewhere.

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Go into detail on how you make your instrumentation or melody.

As a rapper you follow the count of the beat. Using this method, I can take out a part where I’d usually rap over and think of a way to incorporate melody into it. Also, if I’m on a track with another artist, I’d listen to their style and see how what I’m trying to do complements them.

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Tell us your complete understanding of music licensing.

The licensed use of copyrighted music to ensure that the owners of copyrights on musical works are compensated for certain uses of their work

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Tell us the best way to get in touch with you on social media.

You can get in touch with me on:

twitter.com/mezmahmusic.

soundcloud.com/mezmahmusic

instagram.com/mezmahmusic

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Tell us your favourite genre of music.

Hip-Hop.

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Tell us the subject matter of most of your songs.

Personal, both myself as well as other people. Also, mood subject matter dictates whether I’d write about a serious song or write more about the fun stuff.

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Tell us all we need to know about this song.

‘X’, featuring the talented Breana Maria, is about the struggle

between two people that clearly care about each other but have let outside parties get involved and tarnish their relationship. On one hand, the character I’m portraying is asking the questions that need to be asked to the female half involved in the story. The hook itself is alluding that she feels he’s just like her ex-partner and that he brings out her worst behaviour, a trait shared with her ex too. Her anger is heightened by the outside parties saying things on her side that eventually leads the character I play to ask himself if he really did cheat through emotionally texting others whilst away from the relationship.

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Tell us what you think about digital distribution and streaming.

I think its opened doors for independent artists to push themselves further than ever before, reaching mass audiences whilst cutting out the need for middle men or labels, all whilst still preserving their craft.

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Tell us various ways that artists can boost their revenue.

Selling their music through streaming services, merchandise and touring.

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Tell us your thought on self-training and going to educational institution to study music.

Self-training is important in any field, not just music. By taking

responsibility for managing yourself at your own pace, you’re able to focus much more on yourself and work on areas of improvement. I’ve utilised this up until now and the greatest thing about it is it never stops. You can always improve on something.

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Go on at length on what it takes to write a hit song.

What I’ve learnt is that you can rarely make a hit song without having a strong hook. It just doesn’t happen. You also must write a song that will be timeless. That song will either be the benchmark for your career further down the line when someone first heard of you or the one song people knew you for.

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Tell us what you will buy if you want to build your own studio.

A computer, microphone, microphone stand, digital audio workstation, audio interface, studio monitors, headphones and cables.

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Go on at length on what it takes to gain the attention of the audience while playing live.

Vibes and energy. Engage with the audience almost telepathically. Make sure they feel what you’re saying, almost as if they were there in your shoes. Also, just keeping up the enthusiasm lets them know you’re serious about your craft, in which they’ll appreciate the efforts you make.

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List your five favourite songwriters.

Bob Dylan, 2Pac, Notorious BIG, Bob Marley, Michael Jackson and Prince.

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List your five favourite music producers.

J Dilla, DJ Premier, Dr Dre, Kanye West.

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Describe in details how you feel when you hear your song on the radio.

Ecstatic and overwhelmed, and an urgency to continue making more music to be shared again.

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Describe your best mood to write a song.

Happy and alone.


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