Artist name: Zonouzi + Donny 6ravo + K.I.D.
Song Title: Succa Phree.
Album Title: Therapy
Release Date: February 28th, 2019
Tell us your names, country of birth, and childhood experience.
My name is Ardalan Zonouzi (Zonouzi), I was born in Tehran, Iran, and I had sometimes a difficult sometimes a fun childhood growing up. I lived with people that made me happy while under the pressure and influence of the government.
State your academic qualification.
I’m 17 and a junior in high school.
Elaborate on your music career, band name, experience, and skills.
I started rapping in 2016 when I was 14. I started writing music because of Eminem he made me feel better. Then I started listening to J Cole and Kendrick and Mac Miller and many more.
My goal with music became to inspire and to heal, to promote balance and facts with evidence about reality and the real world.
I knew Jared (K.I.D.) from high school and he introduced me to Donny, who I knew from the videos he made on Instagram.
We made a couple of songs together. The first time, Donny was featured on a collaborative tape, I and KID did (Cypherality from Cloud 9) and the new version became “Succa Phree.”
Tell us your genre and idea behind your music video or song.
My goal in music is to help people. Whether it’s making a party song people can dance to or whether it’s a song people want to be alone listening to. My genre has no limits. From rock to jazz to Middle Eastern instruments and even EDM, I’m very open-minded to good music of all forms.
Tell us how to run a record label based on your experience as an artist.
I am making my own record label called 1122 Records which will launch soon.
My label is a label where freedom is given to the artist while helping them understand the advice that can help them and in what way.
The profit made from the music will go towards the promotion of the music until the song reaches the intended goal agreed upon both by the artist and label. After the goal is reached and we have finished promoting the music, the artist gets 70% royalty.
Tell us how you are promoting your music.
I’m promoting my music through self-made playlists, promotional playlists, social media, videos, in-person, CDs, music videos, and sharing every person’s music on the label while they will share mine so we expand together. Everyone is in it together but everyone is their own independent individual.
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Born in Tehran, Iran on December 18th, 2001, Zonouzi had a difficult life growing up.
He moved to Atlanta, Georgia at the age of twelve in 2014. Inspired to write by Eminem and Persian rapper Hichkas in 2015, Zonouzi’s main concepts are inspired by happiness, balance in life, and reality.
Idolizing artists such as Mac Miller, The Weeknd, A$AP Rocky, Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne, and more, the seventeen-year-old infuses different types of music to create his own style.
Capable of speaking and understanding Farsi, English, and Spanish, Zonouzi also draws inspiration from Persian artists and bands such as Zedbazi, Behzad Leito, Erfan, and other foreign music.
On February 28th of 2019, he released his first independent studio album “Therapy”, with a goal to help through his music.
– Ardalan Zonouzi.
Explain the story behind the song.
This was originally supposed to be Donny’s song because he had the hook and verse but he didn’t like his second verse. KID freestyles the second verse and while he does that, I write my verse and just go in after him. We were just having fun and it turned out pretty fine.
List the radio stations, television stations, and blogs that have aired or featured your new song.
I have not been on any radio or TV stations yet, but the time is coming. I’ve been featured on many different playlists however and I plan on releasing music through Spotify playlists soon.
State the names of other members of your band, music producer, crew, or music video director.
1122 Records is made of many different people. Our main artists are Zonouzi, K.I.D., Donny 6ravo, RMF, and Coffman. We work with many different producers such as AliSD, A Wil, StudioGangsta Label, etc…
Elaborate on the song.
The song is about being your own person. Stop listening to the trends, stop being a sucker for what people like, and stop chasing things that you don’t like or won’t be influenced by positively.
Tell us how long you have been in the music business, your experience, and your future goal.
I’ve been in the business for 3 years now, this is just the start, however, and the past 3 years were just practice and trash songs. 2019 was the real launch of my career in my opinion.
Tell us what makes you unique from others.
A lot of people think my accent makes me different and I understand that.
I personally think I’ve been influenced by so many different styles from all different kinds of genres that many Americans haven’t been exposed to which gives me one advantage.
I study the game more than I have ever studied for homework. I study promotions, labels, artists, lyrics, everything.
My lyrics are not basic, they can be lyrics that are intended towards being popular which means I’m concentrating on a certain audience when I say some basic stuff, but in most scenarios, my lyrics and flow are real and meaningful, bars and wordplay with a combination of unique flows and melodies.
My subjects are different. My beats are different. My perspective is different. Everyone in my school knows I’m different even as a person, it’s just the personality. My mom always told me I was. I found out for myself when I was 7.
Tell us your weakness and strength pertaining to music.
My weakness and strength is my accent. My main weakness I think I have is pronunciation and breathe even though everything can always improve.
My pros my mentality, my outside of box thinking, my unique flow, my vision, and my purpose…
List your five favorite songs including the artists.
It’s very hard to say but Alright by Kendrick Lamar, Dang! by Mac Miller, No Role Modelz by J Cole, Cigare Soorati by Zedbazi, Open Letter by Lil Wayne, Live from the Gutter by Drake and Future.
Tell us your position on “Do It Yourself” and signing to a major label.
I’m always open to signing to a major label but I didn’t start this to get signed, I started this for myself and if I don’t get signed, I’m going to become the major label myself and keep all the money to myself and those who actually believed in me.
Tell us other activities you are pursuing apart from music.
Music is all I do. I do school and work three jobs but it’s only to pay for this music…
List your various works.
I put out my first tape in 2016 called the Movie which I recorded on my phone and let the beat play in the back through my iPad.
Then I made another tape but with only 5 tracks called “Reflect” where I first started learning to mix.
After that, I put out “1122: The Happy House”, then I released a collaborative tape with K.I.D. titled “Cloud 9” with 6 songs.
After that, I worked nonstop on my album for 6 months and dropped 7 tracks independently as an album titled “Therapy.”
State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.
My artist name is “Zonouzi” pronounced “ZO-NOO-ZEE”, it’s my last name, helps me stay in touch with my origin and reminds me of why I started this but I also have a goofy SoundCloud character called “Lil Zoot” which I mention in some songs who basically just doesn’t give a fuck.
State the title of the song and the meaning.
Succa Phree. Means sucker-free. Away from the bullshit. Independent. Free from drama and minding your own business and being successful with those who actually care and aren’t making a fool out of you while you keep yourself in check and make sure you’re not making a fool of yourself.
State the title of the album and the reason for choosing the title.
The album is called “Therapy”, I wanted it to help heal people. It has hype songs in the beginning, a couple of mellow/deep songs to show life has balance. Like yes; there’s a bad thing but there’s also good. The word good or bad is just a bunch of vowels, you decide what’s good and what’s bad, not law, not society, you choose how you want to perceive life.