We had the good fortune of connecting with ZAKAIDIA and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi ZAKAIDIA, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I decided to pursue a creative career because I get bored way too easily. By tapping into a creative career, especially as an independent artist, I am allowed to access multiple sides of creativity. One day I could be working on creating an entirely different sound for my music and another day I could be working on creating a new marketing plan to push my next single. It is a process of constant evolution and self improvement while always trying to deliver the best music/content to my fans. In a way it is like life; a constant exploration into the unknown.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am an electronic music producer and multimedia content creator. Over the past five years I have been honing in on what I want my sound to be and what I want my brand to look like. I enjoy so many forms of electronic music and I learned very quickly that I didn’t want to pigeonhole myself in any specific sub-genre of EDM. That is why you can find lo-fi hip hop to house music in my catalog of releases. I think it can take awhile to find yourself in music and I feel that I am only at the tip of the iceberg in my music exploration. Within these past five years I have released three EP’s, one full length album, and a couple singles sprinkled in between. You may be wondering; why are you dressed up like a weird alien? Well I’m glad you asked! The alien is a character that I created to express full creativity and weirdness. Through my social media you will be able to follow all his adventures through the universe. I am hoping that the alien creature is someone that people can relate to and is someone that can inspire everyone to be themselves fully. This five year process of creating has been an extremely pleasant one. I have been working diligently to create more content than just music. I am currently working on my Patreon. Within my Patreon I will be creating exclusive content for my followers such as BTS video footage, early access to music videos/music, and even an invite to my private discord which will become a positive community for music/art lovers of all mediums! I am planning on launching my Patreon before the end of the quarter so keep your eyes peeled! Although this journey has been pleasant it doesn’t mean that there weren’t any struggles along the way. I think the hardest thing an artist has to go against isn’t the world around them, but themselves. As an artist I always found myself feeling discouraged about how good my music was at the time of its creation. I learned that patience and practice are the two keys to fight this internal battle. Understand that your first creations are not going to be a number one hit. I still feel far from that day, but I know that when I sit down to write my next song and tell myself that I am just practicing for that day. I will get there before I know it. When you go from trying to create the next best thing to creating the best thing that you can do in that moment the pressure disappears and your creativity will start to flow. Whether it is with other artists, producers, or even other business owners I love to collaborate. I want to be able to create a community that enables sharing and connectivity. I am always willing to give my music away for free to artists that may need music for their instagram posts or even businesses that need music for their advertisements. In doing so I believe that we as a creative community will be able to build up to unimaginable heights. So, if you find me on social media and want to collaborate, hit me up! I would love to hear your ideas for collaboration.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
There are so many great places in Atlanta it is hard to choose where we would go, but for the sake of this question I will give you a few. First I would bring them to Little Five Points. LFP holds a special place in my heart for a couple of reasons. LFP reminds me of where I grew up, Fort Collins Colorado. It has the same type of grunge hipster vibe that is exploding with art and creativity. It just feels raw and authentic there. People are who they are and they don’t care what others think. I like that! Second LFP is the place where I got all my tattoos and hopefully is the place where I get more. Shoutout to Sacred Heart Tattoo! My favorite restaurant there is Savage Pizza and right next store is my favorite store, Junkman’s Daughter. They got some really cool shit there and as a side note… that’s where I got the official ZAKAIDIA alien costume. A couple other places we would visit are Ponce City Market, Marietta Square, and to top it off walk the beltline for our final day. Like I said there are too many places to count on ten hands to check out in Atlanta. It’s a great city and I am happy to be living in it! Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The people who deserve the most recognition are my family and friends. Before I even started releasing music, they were the ones who would listen to the “not so good” songs that I created in the beginning. Usually the music industry can be rough, but I am completely blessed to have family and friends that urged me to keep creating. More specifically shoutout to Mom, Dad, Colin, Maddy, Charles, Austin, Jame, and Sophia.

Website: zakaidia.com
Instagram: instagram.com/zakaidia
Twitter: twitter.com/zakaidia
Facebook: facebook.com/zakaidia
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuTU0HyeM7lfgeOBkOAr5tw

Image Credits
Daniel Ibanez (@mambobon) Amanda Belair (@amrtist) Robert Downing (@recreational_robbie)

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