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What is your name 
Arez Aziz
50k in cash or a perfect credit score. and why?
50k. I can use the money to pay for stuff, increase my credit score, and invest the rest to make some more off of that. I get free cash and a better score.
Who is your favorite producer?
There’s this one South Korean producer, Adora, that used to produce under Bighit Entertainment for household name groups like BTS. Not only did she work on production for some of my favorite songs, but she went further to add several layers of background vocals to harmonize and add emotion to various songs which really stood out to me. But what I love most is the fact that she moved forward to become a full music artist signed a separate label, and is now releasing her own songs and music videos, as well as producing for several other artists on the side. I love her work as both a producer and an artist, and as someone who hopes to continue pursuing both professions, she’s something of a standard/goal.
Are you a touring artist or a recording artist 
Recording. I began releasing music in Covid so getting out there was never really an option for me.
Have you ever thought about quitting music? 
Yeah. Several times. I feel that every independent artist that genuinely wants to have a name for themselves sits back and thinks, “wow, should I really keep doing this?”. The more you desire and pursue something, the stronger your emotions tied to it become. So when I sit in my room on my laptop for hours a day, days and weeks in a row, and fail to make anything that I feel is truly worth releasing, the desire to create something amazing becomes a resentment at how I’ve failed to create it. Yet, on the other hand, I believe this cycle of resentment and passion is a mark of a true artist, no matter what artistic medium you work in. Some of the greatest painters and poets have hated their passion while in pursuit of their dream. So yes, I’ve thought about quitting several times, but I know for a fact that I never will.
Favorite Era of music? 
There are several dozen decades of music that each encapsulate an entirely different realm of sound and time. Lil Uzi Vert can’t be compared to the Beatles. So, answering this question in the scope of my own lifetime, while I believe the best era of music was 2010-2012 (My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Take Care, Good Kid Maad City, Red, Born to Die, Doo Wops and Hooligans, 2 [Mac Demarco], Trilogy, etc.), my personal favorite has to be 2015-2016.
Starting off with classics (To Pimp a Butterfly, If You’re Reading This Its Too Late, and Beauty Behind the Madness), alternative music took a rise (Blurryface, Depression Cherry, GOOD AM) as well.
But mostly, groundbreaking music paved the way for, what I believe is, the next couple decades of music. Future’s DS2, Travis’s BITTSM, Tame Impala’s Currents, Frank Ocean’s Blonde, Rihanna’s Anti, Thug’s Jeffery,  Uzi’s Lil Uzi Vs. The World, Post Malone’s Stoney, Noname’s Telefone, The Weeknd’s Starboy, BROCKHAMPTON’s Saturatoin trilogy, SZA’s Ctrl, Lorde’s Melodrama, BTS’s Love Yourself Her, Playboi Carti’s Playboi Carti, Billie Eilish’s don’t smile at me, Migos’s Culture, etc.
These are all timeless albums. Each, in one way or another, has influenced nearly every common song in the past several years, and will continue to for several more. They’re perfect bodies of work that brought names into households. I feel that, in the span of my life, those years will forever be the greatest time of music.
Biggest challenge faced in my music career 
Putting out my first song. Back in 2021, letting people know I “made music” was a personal stigma. Something that should never be mentioned, like Voldemort’s name in Harry Potter. The idea of showing people my music made myself cringe and revolt at the sound of my own voice on a beat. But, regardless, it was something I was genuinely passionate about. And no matter how many times I decided I wouldn’t release my music and suffer the shame and self consciousness associated with that, I couldn’t stop thinking about doing so. I couldn’t help myself, and simply wanted to release my projects into the world. Even if they were mid. The biggest challenge in my career, which I still face to this day, is my fear of showing myself, and showing others what I’ve created. It’s the thought that I could do better, the comparison to others, and the shame and ego associated with it all. Being an artist isn’t for someone socially introverted. Standing beside your music and showing it to the world isn’t for the socially anxious. Breaking out of my shell has, by far, been the most difficult step of my career and still is. But I believe that it’s precisely that experience that will make me into a better artist.
Social links –
Instagram: @zeraxziz @zenxziz
Twitter: @zivenchymusic @thenotoriouszen

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