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Interview: APVEEZY Discusses Career, Background, and Musical Influences

Sidney Gailyard, better known as APVEEZY is an American rapper, singer-songwriter, and producer. He had been making music off and on since high school. However, it wasn’t until 2018, that he would decide to take his craft more seriously. VEEZY began writing songs around age, 11, experimenting with poetry as his basis for coming up with lyrics. By age 16 he felt he had found his niche as a Rap Artist. Citing notable influences ranging from, Bad Boy, Rocafella, and various west coast artists to southern rap acts such as OutKast, Goodie Mob, Cash Money, No Limit, Slip N Slide, and many more.

VEEZY began releasing Rap Music, in his leisure, at age 17, while balancing his high school education. Around this time, making beats, became a second craft and an additional measure in cutting music production costs. By 2018, VEEZY had decided it was time he got his own recording setup, spending afternoons and nights teaching himself the basics of mixing and mastering through research and tutorials. His Debut Album “A Veteran and A Rookie” is now available across all Spotify, Apple Music, and more.

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We had the pleasure of talking to Sidney Gailyard aka APVEEZY, a fast-rising American-based rapper-songwriter, and producer We chatted about his background, inspirations, creative process, and upcoming plans.

1: Tell us about your background getting to where you are today?

I’ve been making music for years but, didn’t really take my craft seriously until 2 or 3 years ago. I’ve been writing songs since I was 10 or 11.. started making my own beats at 16. Investing in my own in-home recording setup and learning how to mix and master many years after that. It’s been a process for sure.

2: Where are you from?

Jacksonville, Florida. The infamous Duval County (lol).

3: How did you get into music?

Grew up listening to different kinds. Old Soul and R&B from the ’60s and ’70s. My favorite is late 80’s and 90’s R&B. Hear a lot of Jazz cause that was my mom’s favorite genre. The First Rap I heard was No Limit and Bad Boy Artists. Biggie, Ma$e, Master P, Silk, Mystikal etc.

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4: What is the most challenging thing you have overcome in your life?

Starting Over. Losing a job back in 2012 agoing through a rough loss. Apartment, vehicle repo.. etc. I bounced back from it like 10 months later. There’s a lot I wish I would’ve done differently but, who knows. I probably wouldn’t be the artist I am today.

5: Are you currently signed or independent?

I’m Independent.

6: Who inspires you the most musically?

Michael Jackson, Lauryn Hill, Tupac.. because they make/ music based on Emotions and Experiences. So they Connect with their Listeners in a Timeless Way. Artists like them make/ made Timeless Music. Others are Biggie, Kanye, DMX OutKast, Goodie Mob to name a few.

7: What do you want people to take away after listening to your music?

Awareness of what goes on in the world around us. I want my music to inspire people to find their Greater Purpose as it best contributes to Humanity.

8: What is your greatest achievement as a musician?

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Completing My First Body of Work. It’s a lot when you’re doing EVERYTHING Yourself. 😀

9: Do you produce your own music? If not who do you work with?

Yes, I Do!

10: Who is one artist you wish you could work with?

So Many and Too Many. 😀

11: Tell us about any new music you have coming out? When is coming out? What is it about?

So far just My Current Album which is a Compilation of mostly upbeat songs. Some Serious Subject Matter but, just an introduction to Me and My Creativity for the most part.

12: What does a day inside your shoes look like?

Working a 9-5 and then grinding out My Music. 😀

13: Anything else you want the audience to know about you?

More projects on the way soon. For now, go grab My Album “A Veteran and A Rookie” of Apple Music!! Add Me to Your Spotify, You won’t Be Disappointed!! Nothing but, Great Music This Way!!

Contact APVEEZY:

Instagram: @apveezy



Natalie is a journalism major with a focus on Entertainment and Music who aspires to become a Content Creator For Honk Magazine. Eventually, she wants to be the Publisher or Editor-in-Chief of a major Publishing House. She loves helping people find their voice and passion for writing and journalism, and she can always be found with coffee in hand, editing another article.


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