We had the good fortune of connecting with Zay Doe and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Zay, how do you think about risk?
To me, risk taking is being fearless. For many people, myself included, it isn’t a lifestyle or the center of my ideology on life. I was not always capable of being fearless or taking a risk. I have terrible anxiety but I knew I wanted to be more confident in my gifts and in anything I did. I was tired of asking myself “why are you scared?” and not being able to answer it. I was sick of feeling like I was not capable, even though I knew I was. I was just constantly afraid of what could go wrong and opted to stay in my comfort zone. I had to realize that every time I decided to just say “fuck it”, I was able to get something out of it. Whether it was what I hoped or just learning from it, it was more than what I would’ve got doing nothing. In my music, I speak to those who are soft spoken, afraid, or more reserved. Because that’s who I was and still am occasionally. But I had to realize who I am, and that is the chosen one.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a songwriter first and foremost. I have been songwriting since the age of nine and the first thing I ever wrote was rap music. As a rapper, what sets me apart is my authenticity and originality. I do not perform out of a persona or gimmick, I really am what you see. I write my life and discuss the things many wouldn’t talk about. My attention to detail as a lyricist is based in making sure the listener feels what I am saying. I need the listener to hear my voice and understand that I am speaking to them as another human who is experiencing things (good, bad, or in-between) that can relate to. I most proud of my overall growth as an artist: seeing where I am headed, being secure in my abilities, and knowing I will get there when its time. My biggest lesson has been learning that there is no correct way to music. Realizing that if you like it, others will to as long as its real.
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.
I love ice cream so first, I would take my best friend to Sweet Stack downtown for ice cream. Pappasitos in Smyrna is really good as well for a dinner. I enjoy going to Yardhouse at the Battery as well. That’s probably my favorite restaurant. I love going to record stores as well.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to shoutout my label Pop Life Music Group. Pop Life was formed in July of 2016 and has grown so much since its inception. I am grateful to be able to call my best friends, Jermaine Hall, Tyrik Adams, and Solomon Edmondson, my business partners. I have learned so much from each of them and we have really came a long way together from our hometown Albany, Georgia. We’ve made so much music, sat up for many hours discussing plans for our future as a business. Musically, we have worked together, with our artists, to create something that is only in its genesis.
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