Kicking off a promising career with the singles “Changes,” “Freddy Freddy,” “Skip,” and “Plastic,” singer-songwriter and rapper zenith. keeps on making a strong impression with his creations. We had an in-depth chat with the up-and-comer to discuss his recent releases and forthcoming album, which he intends to drop sometime between February and March.
In your opinion, what is the number one quality artist must have to become successful and why?
I think the number one quality an artist needs to become successful is consistency. Like anything else, talent can only get you so far. Success comes from time and effort, continuously honing in your craft and improving. Building, networking, and connecting as well. I think this holds true in any profession.
What’s your background and what drove you towards becoming an artist?
I’ve been in love with music since I was young. Nothing else can make me feel so deeply and lose myself in such an amazing space.
I first started making music about 3 years ago – but with that, I wasn’t being my authentic self – I was trying to sound like someone I’m not. I had to take a break for a little bit, and when I picked it back up again I really found my voice, my sound, and my true expression of me in my music. I want to keep riding that wave. Being an artist, to me, is simply about sharing my unique perception of this crazy world that we all live in. Being an artist is sharing something beautiful with someone – anyone. Being an artist is finding passion in creativity.
How did “Plastic,” your latest single, come to life? What’s the message behind it?
“Plastic” came to life by experimenting with different sounds in a dark office. I wanted something unique, a little bit different than other things I’ve done in the past. At the same time, I wanted something fun and uplifting, something that shows some of my character and my nerdier side with references to Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. Like my other work, I want Plastic to be interpreted differently by each listener, painting their own story in their head.
What’s your favorite track from your own repertoire?
I’m so thankful and blessed to have released my 4th single. I definitely go through phases of which one is my favorite. Depending on the vibe of the day, it could truly be any of the 4 – “Freddy Freddy,” “Skip,” “Changes,” or “Plastic.” Call it recency bias, but I’ll go with “Plastic” as my favorite track in my repertoire right now. I had so much fun making the song and I’m really happy with how it turned out.
What are your top 3 tracks from other artists in 2022?
2022 has been great. My top 3 songs this year were:
Distraction – Polo G
Puffin on Zootiez – Future
Let the Smokers Shine the Coupes – Pusha T
All of these were on repeat.
Besides music, what are some of your favorite hobbies?
Some of my hobbies include playing basketball, weightlifting, hiking, and really anything active. I’m also a huge NFL and NBA fan and try to keep up on news, betting odds, etc. Using my voice in other avenues than music is also a hobby. Poetry, voiceovers, and speaking about really anything is something I very much enjoy.
You launched your music career earlier this year. What is the most important lesson you have learned these past months and what would you do differently in 2023?
This music journey has been a ride from the start. Like I mentioned earlier, I’ve started to find my authentic sound, which I hope to continue to do. As I’ve released my first few songs, I’ve learned that it’s all about working with the right people. I’ve found a few awesome collaborators that have helped bring my visions to life. Over the years, I’ve also learned that nothing happens overnight. I’m in this for the long haul and I’m going to keep giving it my best. In 2023, I’m coming with even more energy, new sounds, and I’m focused on growth and love.
What’s next for zenith.?
My next single, “Unreliable” is in the works. This will be released in early 2023. Then, I plan on releasing my debut album in February or March. My socials are a great spot to find updates regarding these releases. Beyond anything, growth is up next. Let’s build. Thank you so much, Pinch of Sol, for having me and thank you to anyone who took the time to read.
Listen to “Plastic” on Spotify: