Levi Zadoff: A Music Star In The Making
Based in the Bay Area of California, he is hoping to use his lyrical versatility and life experiences to break into the mainstream music industry. Levi Zadoff is a firm believer in freedom of artistry, and the idea that music is one of the best tools to communicate. He has a strong passion for the inclusion of lyrical puns and metaphors as a driving force for his sound. His newest project which is set to be titled “Progress" is an EP that will feature 4 records showing off his skills, his sound and ultimately showing the world what Levi Zadoff is capable of. It will not only exemplify his passion for music but it will also turn his perception of reality into a completely new realm of rhythm. Before he started rapping he was strictly a producer, engineer and executive producer. He has an ear for a wide variety of sounds, genres and themes he has cultivated over the years by working with different artists from many cultural backgrounds. Diversity in sounds is something that many artists lack. Levi has something like a 6th sense when it comes to knowing when to break the mold. This is what makes him who he is. For only taking music and the music industry seriously for a short time he has developed a substantial amount of accolades independently before partnering with anyone. He has had a decent amount of radio play in the Bay area (where he resides) and almost half a million streams on SoundCloud just this past year alone. He has been featured on over 25+ reputable music blogs and more continue to pour in. Levi has the talent and the potential to really surpass many milestones when it comes to the industry. We got to sit down with Levi Zadoff for an interview; here’s what he had to say.
Levi Zadoff (Interview) - Transcript
Rep - Thank you for taking the time to sit with us and answer some fan related questions."
Levi Zadoff - No problem thank you for having me
Rep - Okay lets get right in to it
Do you remember your first time in the studio? Tell us about that experience.
”My first time in the studio was with a grammy award winning engineer Jeff Kolhede (who happens to be my mentor and someone I look up to), at Zoo Labs in Oakland, California, I was recording what was to be my first EP ever titled “The Elevation Clause”. I remember it was pretty fucking difficult. I spent hours trying to get my voice right. Then we spent hours trying to get the effects and sound right. It was overall pretty damn difficult, but I remember enjoying. Despite the difficulties I faced my first time in the studio (I really felt good in there). It was a lot more tedious than I thought but I relished at the opportunity.”
Your first single 'Demigod' was a great introduction to your sound for us. What can new listeners expect to learn about you from your debut project.
”What they are going to learn is that I am pretty diverse when it comes to how I create my bars and my raps. They’ll get a little bit of everything, anything from something Nostalgic to something hard hitting - they’ll get plenty of vibes for sure. Each song on the EP was intended to show off his versatility and give people a different sound they haven’t heard before. Each song was made very different.”
Tell us about the producers you worked with on this project. Why them?
”I worked with a producer by the name of D.R.O. and a grammy award winning engineer - his name was Jeff Kolhede. The producer D.R.O. has worked with people such as Felly, Ca$tro Guapo, FIJI, GYYPS and many more. I really appreciated everyone who was apart of this project they really helped bring my vision to life.”
Your based in San Franciso, California - what has the city you live in done for you and other aspiring artists?
”The city has a great vibe and so many people are connected. There really isn’t any bad energy and so that leads to a lot of people getting to really high places in this industry. So they have done a lot and continue to do a lot for the aspiring artists here. As far as for me personally there have been other artists or producers here who have pointed me in the right direction when it comes to my sound or getting help exposing it. If they like your sound out here you’ll get connected pretty quickly. Most of the youth are well educated, yet street smart kids who don’t tolerate drama and generally try to be peaceful and have a good time. Even though you’ll see lots of poverty in certain parts of the bay, the strong culture really makes you look over it, and look more into what’s really there; a strong independent culture that’s stemmed from and lead dozens of movements and cultural changes for the United States and the World at large.”
Do you have any fears about the music industry? How would you take someone pushing your sound in a different direction?
”I actually have two main fears. It’s the fact that major labels can sometimes take your sound and shove it in a direction that the artist dosen’t want it to go. The second thing I fear is the amount of detail that random people will have about your life, your flaws and your pursuit. As far as someone changing my sound (its constructive then I’m all for it) but if it’s someone trying to make me something I’m not like putting on an act, I will rebel.”
Describe today's Hip Hop and Rap music scene if you can in just a single word.
”Free. The rap industry is now a place where you can actually create your own content and style; whatever that may include; in the past I feel as if a lot of rappers that are currently in the game, wouldn’t be as welcome, but now we can have cats with crazy hair, and crazy tats, and unique flows; that are able to make dope art for they’re own audiences to enjoy. Rap is as free as it’s ever been. But we always gotta remember that freedom, and fame comes with great responsibility & influence, and you gotta be careful with that.”
Describe your perfect listener with just a single word. What are they like?
”Attentive. My perfect listener would be someone who is attentive and doesn’t bounce from trend to trend. I want people to love me for me and like my music because my journey resonates with them. They actually listen to my lyrics and feel something.”
Give us a random fact about Levi Zadoff - that people don't already know.
“When I’m not working or with my friends, I’m trying to learn and immerse myself into many different subjects that range from music theory, to theoretical physics, to psychology. Education is key to me.”
In Conclusion - what can current and new music fans expect from Levi Zadoff for the remainder of 2018 in to 2019?
”They can expect the EP which is titled “Progress” and with that I will be sharing a short film that details the progression of the genre of magical realism. I am really excited about it and I think that other people will to. You can also expect me to continue to get better. I will be hosting shows in the Bay Area to showcase myself and other artists as well as continue to produce new content to release. I will also be planning to work with BTRU Entertainment on this release and future releases.”
Levi Zadoff (Interview) - Transcript
Rep - That concludes all of our fan questions Levi Zadoff, thanks for staying past your designated time with us - we wish you the best of luck. Keep up the great work!
Levi Zadoff - No worries and again thanks for having me.