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Zey Chalz, is a seasoned producer from Cleveland, Ohio. He’s been producing, writing, and engineering music for over 15 years. Zey has traveled the world, and learned from some of the industries best.

We had the chance to interview Zey Chalz via Instagram to talk more about his music career, musical influences, and challenges in the music industry.

Hi Zey Chalz, Thanks for taking out time to share your experience in the music industry with us and your fans.

Tell us a little more about when you first got into music?

When I was seven my parents had just divorced and I used to spend a lot of time with my mom listening to house music(urban techno) and RnB. Her favorites at the time were R.Kelly and Janet Jackson. She got me a keyboard and I started taking lessons, and singing in the school choir. I had my first vocal solo the following year.


If you could describe your sound/style in one word, what would it be and why? 

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Dark. I tend to create from my pain and stressful life experiences, both instrumentally and vocally.


What would you say to any aspiring recording artists who look up to your work?

Study the people that inspire you. Learn and understand what it is you want to be in this world. Be original, work harder than everyone else and be true to yourself.


What quote or mantra do you live by?

If you want to be great, you have to be grateful.


What is your hobby outside of music?

Time with family.


Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Stress free.


What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or example for each.

Not everyone is your friend. Learn how to separate business and friendship, Most people want something for nothing.

Understand what you are, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

I moved to Los Angeles when I was 24 with about $800 in my pocket, enough to get a room, food and a job.

After a few months I was signed to an independent label as a producer, songwriter, engineer and didn’t realize how much value I brought to the team.

I constantly allowed people to take advantage of me thinking it would help me gain new opportunities in my career, and a lot of times it did, but what I learned is constantly underestimating your worth with the wrong people will leave you with nothing or worse, dead.



Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

Focus on what you love and understand your strengths and weaknesses. If you do that you will understand where you need help and how you can properly assist others.


Do you have anything new or upcoming we can expect to see from you? 

I’m performing at an event next month in Atlanta, GA where I will be painting in front of a live audience, showcasing some of my music and art.


What is the inspiration behind your latest song? 

My song, “Fake Luv”, Has a message that hard work pays off, be true to yourself, and people around you. Have low expectations of others, and know life is not always easy.

Grace Walker is the founder of PlexFeed and the official Interviewer of Honk Magazine. She shares stories of inspiring entrepreneurs from all around the world and tips to create a better life & business.


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