The Interview: U.Z.H
As many music efficient people know it, production is one of the hardest parts. U.Z.H is a producer that makes beats for almost, no matter the style you have. His beats are simplistic yet complex at the same exact time to make sense of his sound. When you listen to what he has to offer it's incredible how someone could be so talented. Today we had the chance to ask U.Z.H a bunch of questions such as what inspires him the most to become the producer and person he has become.
• Where are you from? Have your surroundings shaped you in a creative sense, and in what way?
I was born in Huntington, WV, grew up and spent my teenage years in Fremont, Ohio. I come from a very creative family who all have a very entrepreneurial mindset and my uncle Joseph Nevels, is a very popular upcoming R&B singer so I’d say all of them have influenced my own creative mindset. In Fremont, Ohio there’s a staggering amount of aspiring artist, videographers, and producers who want to change their lives with their passion so I’d say I’ve always been surrounded by a creative atmosphere involving music.
• What’s your background like? Where do you stand on the music scene in your area?
I grew up playing sports with a focus on football. Strong academics and community service was something that my parents stressed so throughout high school I mentored a lot and participated in a lot of school programs that required community service. I hit the books hard and graduated as a member of NHS (National Honor Society) and because of that work ethic in the classroom and with sports I was able to get a few athletic scholarship offers and continue playing football in college. I currently live in Texas and have been here for only a few months so I’m not we’ll known in the music scene down here but I have goals to expand and network to the point that any artist would love to work with me.
• What did you start doing first, producing or rapping? How did you get started?
I’m a producer and I’ve only been making beats for about 11 months now but I treat it like an occupation. I made the decision to start making music in college where I became friends with an artist out of Columbus OH, he would run his tracks by me and ask for my opinion and as that continued my interest in creating music continued to grow. Eventually I downloaded software to make beats on and I haven’t took my foot off the gas since.
• Do you have anyone that you consider your mentor? How has their help or advice shaped you?
If I were to consider anyone to be a mentor it would be some of the producers who are currently at top of the game I’ll list a few; Southside, TM-88, and Tarentino of 808 mMafia, Ronny J, DP beats, and the producers that makeup internet money. I spent and still spend hours studying their music and watching live cookup streams/videos where they put together beats step by step. Their music is how I learned to make beats.
• What is one experience in life that, without it, you wouldn’t be the artist you are today?
I guess I wouldn’t be the producer I am today if I never discovered music with my friend in college. That’s when I became fascinated with creating music not just being a listener.
• What do you hope to accomplish this year?
I don’t have any goals for the remainder of 2018 but for 2019 my goals are to land at least 2 major artist placements, get co-signed and by the end of 2019 never be broke again!
• What does your work aim to say?
I aim to communicate a unique but relatable story and emotion through my beats that artists can personify with their lyrics.
• Who are your biggest influences and what do you like about them the most?
My biggest influencer at this point is honestly music itself and a drive to build a comfortable life for myself. The fact that with hard work I could turn my passions into something that will support me for the rest of my life.
• How would you describe your own style?
My style is unique and covers a broad variety of genres. I make trap, trap metal, lofi hip-hop, dancehall and as I develop I want to make EDM music.
• In what ways has your newest music changed from when you first started?
My newest beats sound a lot more professional, their structure is a lot easier for artists to write to and they have a better sound selection.
• What would be your dream venue in which to perform?
I don’t have a particular venue that I’d like to perform in but it would be cool to be on stage and play a mix of my beats and just vibe in that atmosphere.
• What’s a song you have stuck in your head these days?
To be completely honest a song that’s stuck in my head right now is "F**k a Hook (intro)" by BalloutQuis, an underrated artist from Fremont.