Awkward Z

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Every Monday we will be bringing you an unsigned singer or band as part of our Independent Music Monday feature. This week, we caught up with Awkward Z to find out more…

Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
Originally, I’m from South Africa but I moved to Ireland when I was 5. I live in Waterford for college but I’m from Wexford. I got into music after seeing that a mutual friend was a rapper and I thought that I can do it too.

Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
Before 2008 I listened to rock & pop music, but growing up I listened to Beastie Boys, Lil Wayne, Eminem, Wu-Tang Clan, Cypress Hill etc. and my influences now are Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Drake, Migos etc.

How would you describe your sound?
I think my sound has a combo of “Mumble Rap” flows with real lyrical content but I'm always experimenting with sounds.

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What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
My new Summer single "Wildin'" is out now on all platforms. It was influenced by the positive vibes and memories that most people can remember and relate to. I hope that the song makes listeners feel some joy and euphoria.

What’s your local music scene like?
I haven’t really been aware of my local scene up until recently but there’s new artists popping up every day that are talented.

What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
I plan on releasing an EP this year and try get exposure from platforms, and hopefully get booked for festivals soon if all goes well.

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Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
There's too many to name but yes for sure, the Irish music scene is filled with a lot of amazing artists, I love it.

Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
In 1st year of college I entered a local Take Me Out fundraiser just to perform my newest song at the time on stage, the girls all ended up pressing their buttons, so I didn’t get a date, but it was one of my best performances to this day and the feedback was amazing.

What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
With my music I try to evoke emotions in the listeners, there’s life in the lyrics so listen close. After listening to Awkward Z I hope that my lyrics inspired you or resonated with you or made you feel something at least. I’m not your stereotypical rapper.

You can find out more about Awkward Z via Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat: rapgamez, Soundcloud, Spotify or Twitter.