We had the good fortune of connecting with Auburn Ave Zay and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Auburn Ave, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
The most important factor behind my brands success is my uniqueness. I fully embrace myself and respect that difference and variety are what make art, fashion and technological innovation. Our society wants conformity the popular idea must be accepted. But the one who chooses ingenuity will open the the door of greater possibility. I have chosen the later path as my own, I have found that as I have empowered myself with this self belief, it has given others the confidence to use there own unique talents for there causes. Mine is Art, Fashion, Education and Finance. How can I bridge all of these talents and create a stand out brand is the question I ask myself often? As a result of trusting the uniqueness of my ideas, it has led me to push myself as a song writer, fashion designer and forward financial thinker. My next music project will be driven by decentralized crypto technologies. My music and fashion will be available only through Bitcoin and the cover art will be a NFT that will be used as a digital asset. This efficiently helps release music, simplify royalty payments, eliminate middlemen and establish a point of origin for music creators to huddle there own fans. It is this type of thinking that has kept me ahead as artist and business owner.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I was raised in Atlanta’s rich historic neighborhood known as “Old 4th Ward” a neighborhood with a history that dates back to Martin Luther King Jr and the civil rights era. But after the turbulent Reganomics era the neighborhood was left a broken shell of the once Mecca of black business and entertainment. My style merges that sophistication with urban grit, braggadocious rhymes and at times thought provoking lyrics over soulful energetic production. My art is soulful, a fusion of many people embodied in one. I think of myself and an empath whatever I see and hear. I internalize it deeply and express it with wit honesty and passion. I have always been a lover of music as a child. Growing up in a musical household I heard Marvin Gaye, The Jackson 5, The Parliament. When Jay-Z dropped the Blue Print in 2001 and I heard Kanye West production. I knew I had to be an artist.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Since we are in the throes of Covid 19, my favorite spot in the city right now is my studio!!!!!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would love to shout out all those who invest in their futures! The ones who burn the midnight oil to pump out the best content possible! The ones who dream of a better tomorrow! Shout out my Mentors. My Family. My Team. My Supporters. We are one.