We had the good fortune of connecting with Isaac “E Maejor” Ezemba and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Isaac “E Maejor”, alright, let’s jump in with a deep one – what’s you’re definition for success?
Honestly the way I define success is different from others. I believe success for me means I can continue to make music and have a lot of people relate and appreciate my music. It would be nice to support my family and myself with the music but at the end of the day, I want to make music for people like me. I want to motivate artists from my city and wherever to keep grinding and don’t let mainstream music prevent you from being great. Be yourself and don’t ride the wave. Let everything be organic and grow as a person.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
“Music is like breathing….simple sh*t”” – Static Major My name is Isaac Ezemba, but I’m known to many as E Maejor. I was born and raised in the soulful city of Memphis, TN and later moved to Milwaukee, WI. In Milwaukee, I finally discovered my full potential as a musician and started taking music serious. I tried to ask many creatives and producers for help but when they flaked, I decided to teach myself how to make beats, record myself and invest in my craft. I am a soulful artist and love live sounds including the piano. I would put myself in the Trap soul/RNB genre. I am a Singer/Songwriter, Producer, Engineer and more. If it has something to do with music then I have my hand in it. I have a few producer/songwriter credits with artists and love working with upcoming artists to improve their sound. I’m proud of all of my work and my style. Most importantly, I’m proud I have the talents that God gave me. Static Major is the reason I have Maejor in my stage name. I was inspired by his songwriting and music style to do the type of music I do now. The first song I learned to play on the piano was “If ya scared, say ya scared” and honestly that’s my favorite song to play on the piano. Nothing you really want is easy. There was always some type of obstacle in my way but going to Clark Atlanta University, I was taught to “Find a way or make one”. When I used to ask people to send me beats and they didn’t, I decided to make my own beats. When I couldn’t afford studio time, I went in debt to buy studio equipment and taught myself how to record myself. When I got my microphone stolen at a party, I used the AUC library to record my vocals and made that work. When I got my heart broken, I decided to use my experiences to make more relatable music. Basically what I’m trying to say is, this road as an artist was never 100% smooth, but I can say it was worth it and I learned from my experiences. I learn something new everyday.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
In Atlanta, there are a lot of places you could go to enjoy yourself. I’d first take them to Waffle House for breakfast and show them what the hype is all about. Then we’d go to my HBCU Clark Atlanta University. Going to that school is a dream come true and that’s a perfect way to start the day. We’d then probably to to Busy Bees for lunch and if they’re too busy, go over to Mr. Everything or BTJ’s. Depending on what the season is, I’d most likely go to the aquarium or Coca Cola Factory to kill time. After that, if we are in the mood to relax, hit up AMC in Smyrna. For dinner, since we’re already in Smyrna, Juicy Crab would be the move. I would want to take a nap and once I wake up, I will take them to The Royal Peacock for some Caribbean vibes. There are too many places I’d want to go such as: Tin Lizzy’s, Cascade, Gus’s Fried Chicken, Wet Willie’s, a few hookah spots, hole in the wall, and many more. I love gong on adventures and I know I’m missing a lot of good spots but things would probably come to me once we go out.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
First and foremost I have to thank God for everything and all of the opportunities he’s given me. I want to thank my family for the support and helping me improve my talents. To all the women who broke my heart and gave me motivation to make the music I do….thank you and I appreciate all of the lessons I learned. HUGE Shoutout to Tae The Don and Rhythm & Records in Milwaukee, WI for the help with my music and being a good mentor. Rhythm x Records is my official studio home where I record all of my music. Shoutout to Angelica, my manager, for believing in me and being patient with me. Pushing me to be a better person. A big thank you to all of my music friends who helped create my sound and worked with me. And to everyone else that I forgot to mention Thank You.
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