Gospel, Hip Hop, Singer/Songwriter
ZMC – “Get It” now available on iTunes/Apple Music/Spotify
“There’s a definite sense of personality to this track that showcases the leading voices under a memorable light. Particularly that leading rap vocal, there’s a certain element of character to the performance and the flow, even to the lyricism and the story telling. The performance doesn’t draw many comparisons, the energy is fairly low-key, yet it seems to work well among this musical setting. The melodic part that comes in for the hook marks a welcome change in direction, and the second rap vocal that presents itself has a much more rhythmic and slightly higher energy flow about it. The two stand in effective contrast with each other, further underlining that sense of individuality about the recording.”
“Musically speaking the track sounds great, the beat fuses the mellow weight of hip-hop with the dreamy lightness of trip-hop or ambient electronica. The vocal sample pitched above everything else makes for a memorable signature trait that sets the mood well and provides that element of recognisability. The more you listen, the more the set up and structure of the track feels comfortable, it starts to really work its magic as you become more familiar with it all.”
“The track’s underlining sentiment is that of love and laid back living. It gives off a feeling of being grateful for what you have, the little things in life. The atmospheric nature of the music and indeed the calmness of the vocal performances feed into this concept brilliantly. It’s the perfect kind of song to relax to, the good vibes are there, and as you listen the lyricism keeps things relevant and peaceful at every moment. It sounds great, a go-to moment of positivity and composure.”
Exposed Vocals: So tell us your story. Where did you grow up? What made you decide to become an artist?
I grew up in Solon, OH, a small suburban city in the Cleveland area. I’ve been listening to rap music for as long as I can remember. I found it really catchy when I was a kid, so I always listened to it on the radio. I remember my brother and I went to the library one day, and I found Eminem’s album, The Marshal Mathers LP. That album really inspired me, and I started writing little raps here and there in high school. My junior year of high school, my English teacher presented this county wide song lyrics contest to the class. I decided to write some lyrics, and submit them in the contest. I ended up winning 3rd place, and my teacher had me present my lyrics to the class. I graduated from Solon High School in 2012, and a year later in May 2013 I recorded my first song at my friends house on his laptop one night after work. It was in that moment, I decided that I wanted to take rap more seriously and make something out of it.
Exposed Vocals: Since everyone was a start-up once, can you give any smaller or local bands or artists looking to get gigs and airplay some tips?
Stay focused. If music is really what you want, you can’t allow to get distracted by the little things. Remain focused, search for opportunities, and think outside the box.
Exposed Vocals: Do you ever make mistakes during performances? How do you handle that?
My friends and I had a show in Columbus last December, and it was probably the biggest crowd I’ve performed in front of. It was for Coast2Coast Live, and I wanted to impress the judges. We went on stage without our vocals in the verses, just the hook. My friend gets through his verse, no problem. Then my verse was next. I’m doing a good job getting through my verse, and I have 4 bars left…I draw a complete blank, and freeze up on stage. I totally forgot the last 4 bars of my verse, and I stood there gazing into the crowd. I felt like Eminem in 8 Mile. It was a really frustrating and embarrassing experience, but one I needed none the less. No matter how I felt at the time, it was an experience I needed so I could grow as an artist.
Exposed Vocals: Do you tour? Anything interesting happen on tour that you think our readers would enjoy hearing about?
I have not toured yet, but I’m looking to tour soon in the future.
Exposed Vocals: Any planned studio upgrades? What are you working with now?
When I first started in 2013, I was recording music on my laptop either in my garage or my room. I eventually upgraded to a studio out in Akron, OH.
Exposed Vocals: How do you find ways to promote your music? What works best for you?
I’m still looking for ways and different avenues to promote my music. I have a PR who emails me, and I use some of her services. Get some plays on Soundcloud, get some plays on Spotify. Little things like that.
Exposed Vocals: If you could perform anywhere and with any artists (Dead or Alive) where and who would it be with? Why?
I’d want to perform with Eminem and J. Cole at Madison Square Garden, because those are my 2 favorite artists and The Garden is one of the most iconic venues.
Exposed Vocals: So, what’s next? Any new upcoming projects that you want to talk about?
I’m currently in the process of working on a project called “Epiffany.” I recently changed my rap name to ZMC, which is my initials, but the acronym stands for Zachary Man of Christ/Zachary Master of Ceremonies. “Epiffany” is about my personal journey about how I found God. It’s actually a really interesting story.
Exposed Vocals: If you weren’t making music, what would you be doing?
I would either be doing something in radio broadcasting, something to do with music or sports talk.
Exposed Vocals: What should fans look forward to in the next year or so?
Along with “Epiffany,” I’m working on a few singles leading up to the project that way people have an idea of what to expect. I recently released my first single on iTunes called “Get It,” and I’m looking to release about 2-3 more. I’m also going to be making some music videos for the songs, so be on the lookout for those.
Exposed Vocals: Any Shout-outs?
Shout out to God, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”-Philippians 4:13 NKJV. Shout out to my mom and dad, who support me and my music. Shout out to my brother and sister. Shout out to my extended family, the Bookers, who support me and keep me lifted. Then shout out to my team S.E.T., Denzoul, Young Phenom, The Captain, Groovy E, JT 3eyes and my boy Young Gimmick. That’s my set, those are the guys I grew up with. I’m proud to consider them all a brother to me.