This is Solace Zeta, a top-notch lyricist for hip hop and other kinds of music. His style is purist, heavy in technical schemes and complexity, and often contains unusually vivid imagery and messages. You kind of get a futuristic-sci-fi-activist-visionary kind of vibe from him.
I prefer writing rap lyrics that possess important meaning or message, showcase a high-degree of thought, skill, and ability, and usually contain technical rhyme schemes coupled with sonic intensity and multi-syllabic rhyming. Of course, I must maintain balance, so not every song needs to be serious and meaningful for its own sake, but aesthetically speaking for me, it must have substance to its style. I'm always happy to do private lessons and tutoring for those who want to develop their rapping skills.
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Interview with Solace Zeta
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: So many. Too many. (Laughter). But really, I've always dreamed of being able to collaborate with legends. I'm always thinking of dope combinations I'd love to work with. For example, I'd love to do ones with Big Daddy Kane and Rakim Allah together; or do like an awareness raising show for a humanitarian cause with someone like Immortal Technique or Chuck D; or perhaps a whole EP with Deltron 3030 and Dan the Automator; or DJ Premier and Nas; or Lord Have Mercy (Flipmode Squad), Chali Tuna (Jurassic 5), and U-God (Wu-Tang) all together. I don't know, so many to name.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Hip hop and rap are my fortes, but I've been known to get it in across genres. The type of music I like is usually meaningful, spiritual, atypical, introspective, visual, beautiful, something that mixes feelings together. I'm trying to use my words like paints on the canvas of the beats. All in all, I try to make good music for people to get something special out of, and be able to listen to it multiple times and get something new every time.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My rhymes. I try to use them inventively and creatively to take the listeners places they've never been or never seen. Or else awaken them to a long-forgotten dream.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Ah man. It's like your classic basement setups.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Right now I'm working on several projects. The Apogee EP with NACHR should be coming out this summer. My third and fourth albums Green Prototype: Fire Emerald and Yellow Prototype: Purple Gold are in the process of being produced. We're also working on trying to get the Denver Music Corps's first full length album together and recorded after years of playing countless songs, and completing the debut album with REIFY.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. Each has it's own uses and strengths, as well as disadvantages. A good producer knows how to use it to get the desired result for what they're trying to achieve. It really depends on the feel you want for the track or the album and what you're trying to do with it. To quote the Great Teacher Tiantai of China: "You should let your choices be fitting, and never adhere solely to one or the other."
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That whatever they want, I want to exceed expectations. And I won't stop until they're satisfied and ecstatic about the results.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Being able to look at it like it isn't my job. Looking at it like I get to do the best thing on the planet, day in and day out.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: All kinds. How long you been doing it? A long time. Over a decade easily. Have you ever this or that? Depends, but usually no. (Laughing), but sometimes I have. Man, how come more people don't know about you? (Laughing) Because I need to step up my PR and marketing and promotional skills!
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it's easy, or it isn't real music. Yeah, that really gets me when people say those kinds of things.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Tell me exactly how you want it, what you want, and why you want it.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Be real. Be professional. Treat others with respect and be respected in turn. Let's work together and make something special.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Higher Education Teaching Professional. Shoot man, years. Like close to five years teaching, and like 20 years of school.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Oh man, so many! (Laughing) But you know, if I had to name just a few, here's my top five producers in hip hop, and my ten favorite lyricists. Note that I'm not saying they're the best ones, I have different lists for those too, but these are my favorites. Also remember though, it's hard to pick ten, and they're always switching and changing, constantly rearranging. Producers: 1. DJ Premier 2. Pete Rock 3. The RZA 4. Prince Paul 5. J-Dilla or Organized Noize Favorite Ten MCs (No particular order): 1. Nas 2. Kool G Rap 3. Wu-Tang Clan 4. 2pac or BIG 5. Big Pun or Big L 6. Outkast 7. R.A. The Rugged Man 8. The Roots (Black Thought, Malik B., Dice Raw, etc.) 9. Big Daddy Kane 10. Deltron 3030
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Usually I get contacted to write a feature verse, or a whole song, either as a collaboration with other artists, or as a track as part of a project. I also get to ghostwrite sometimes too, and that can be both fun and challenging trying to write for another person so it doesn't appear in any way like it wasn't that artist's own stuff or idea.