Z-Money of Enfeeble Ataxia’s “21 Question’s” with ISLM
1 – First let’s start off the interview with, State your name and where are you from?
My name is Z-Money (1/2 of Enfeeble Ataxia) and I am from Spokane, WA.
2 – When did you fall in love with hip hop?
As far as, I can remember, I have been in love with Hip Hop my whole life. When I was 5 years old, my mom used to record video of me dancing in the living room to Sir Mix a Lot, Vanilla Ice and Skeelo.
3 – Who influenced your style?
A lot of musicians influenced me and my style, Freddy Mercury and Michael Jackson, inspired me most with their creativity, energy, passion and entertainment ability’s. Rappers who inspired my style are the beastie boys, because they opened the door for me and thought way outside of the musical boundaries. To me they are innovators. But in all honesty, it’s really hard for me to say one group or artists influenced me more than another. Music of all types have been factors in influencing my style.
4 – Do you play any instruments?
No, I just do vocals, ManWitNoName is the instrument player of our group.
5 – Any current projects coming out?
Yeah, our 1st full length album, “Disable Disorder” will be out by the end of summer, and ManWitNoName has a solo album called, “OxyMoron”, coming out as well.
6 – How do you separate yourself from other artists?
I separate myself from other artists, just by being myself. I tell of the world and life through my eyes and experiences, that’s different enough. I don’t have anything special that I do to be different. If I were to speak of Enfeeble Ataxia, as a group, on what we do to be different, I’d say everything. Because our delivery is different and our stage shows are definitely different. We don’t get on stage and dance or go crazy, because we can’t so we work really hard at wowing a crowd, vocally, with how we delver and hype each other.
7 – If you could dabble in another genre of music, what would it be?
If I could dabble in another genre of music, I would do everything but classical, I couldn’t choose just one. I love music too much.
8 – Any upcoming shows in the future?
We are performing at the Knitting Factory in Spokane on July 20th and our 2nd Shriners Benefit tour, starts August 22nd.
9 – Who do you want to work with in the future?
Twisted Insane, Sir Mix a Lot, Skeelo, Tech N9ne, Zack De La Rocha and Lil Wyte, just to name a few.
10 – What events or venues would you most like to perform?
I want to play all over the world, but a few events or specific events would be Ozzfest, Coechella, Warped Tour, Madison Square Garden, The House of Blues and The Apollo.
11 – Who would you most like to open for?
A Tribe Called Quest, Genesis, Hall and Oats, Brother Ali, Sir Mix a Lot, Lil Wyte and many others.
12 – What are your thoughts on the current state of the independent game? Mainstream game?
My thoughts on mainstream and independent music, I feel like mainstream music is being forced on people, right now and I hate that. To me mainstream music should not be called music, because most of it doesn’t come from the heart or even the artists themselves. It’s most pre-manufactured crap someone, thats not the artists got paid to write, so it can be catchy and make money. Independent music is entirely different in my opinion an independent musician can go anywhere and play anything or write anything they want there’s no limit. It’s harder to do because you have to fund everything on your own but its better in the long run, just ask Tech N9ne or Macklemore, hahahaha.
13 – What genre of music is unpleasant to your ear?
Polka, Opera and most country.
14 – If you weren’t rapping, what would you be doing?
If I wasn’t rapping, I couldn’t tell you what I would be doing. I think I would either be dead or in jail. It came at a point in my life where I fell out of options. I failed college twice and the state wouldn’t let me work a 9-5, for fear I would permanently injure myself and I had given up on life. Music saved my life truly and I am very thankful.
15 – Do you find fashion to be synonymous with music?
I do think fashion and music go together to me it is both, Art, they are just different sides of a coin and they go together, because of the influence a musician has on their audience/fans. You don’t buy a Jordan jersey, because of the number 23, you buy it because it’s a Michael Jordan jersey.
16 – What are some of your past and current favorite brands?
Some past and current favorite bands are, Paramore, Chevelle, Skillet, Genesis, Panic at the Disco, Queen, Tom Petty, Steve Miller, Styxx, Foreigner, T.I., Ludacris, Lil Wyte, Asher Roth, A Tribe Called Quest, Scarface, 2pac, Notorious B.I.B., NWA.
17 – Integrity – tell me something honest about you?
Something honest about me, I wear my hear on my sleeve. I’m terrified of needles and the woods at night, hahahaha.
18 – Support – besides your family, who is one person you will continue to support?
A person I will continue to support is my partner, ManWitNoName, I wouldn’t be the person I am today, if it wasn’t for him.
19 – Loyalty – what are the names of a few fellow music artists’ you continue to remain loyal to?
Level Ground, Rod Mac the Ripper, Knothead, those few in particular were and are very instrumental in our success.
20 – Motivation – what type of advice will you like to leave for struggling artist’s?
Advice for struggling artists, please love what you do and never give up. I really feel like you have to love what you do, because sometimes that’s the only reason you’ll keep doing it. It’s not an easy road! I have wanted to quit quite a few times from frustration and fatigue, but if you truly love it you will keep going.
21 – Would you like to give any shout outs?
Shout outs to the fans, the haters, my inner circle and network. Ya’ll know who you are and shootout to this magazine. Thanks for the interview, it was fun.
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