Today we’d like to introduce you to Alia Zin.
Alia, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I started writing and recording music roughly around 5-6 years ago; as many artists do I started by recording on my iPhone 4 and would upload the voice memos into GarageBand to do what I thought was ‘mixing’. Honestly, I had no idea what I was doing but at the same time it was so natural and soul compelling. I always loved to write and when I found my voice in music and realized that I am a channel and mirror for anyone who can relate, how could I not pursue it.
It’s definitely been a journey to this point and wouldn’t have been possible without God, the connections, friends, platforms, and networks I’ve met and worked with along the way, and faith that this is nothing more than destiny.
Has it been a smooth road?
The road can get crooked. I think one of the greatest struggles I’ve had to face is doubt. It’s easy to doubt that you can really make it in this industry with the day to day life roadblocks; this path is so gradual and far from overnight but I wouldn’t trade it. I knew that music was my calling after getting out of an abusive relationship it was the only place I felt I could truly speak mind and let go.
My community and upbringing has definitely shaped my art in the sense that I moved around a lot; raised by a single mother of three daughters. Being a mother let alone a single mother is a full-time job and I think that my mother always thought that the grass would be greener on the other side. From trailer parks to a Native American reservation, to camping at the KOA, I think that all of these “homes” instilled something different in me. The understanding of change, different places/people, poverty, acceptance, rejection, racism, and countless other life lessons. I feel like life is about learning from the experiences we go through.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am a hip-hop artist/ lyricist from the West-coast who specializes in out the box topics, flows, and cadences. I feel like right now I’m focused on creating a vibe for my listeners. I think that it’s important to pursue your passions and dreams especially in the age we live in where we have the access to create and build our own platforms/empires. One message really, to inspire others.
The last couple of years I’ve been focusing on song structure, writing, delivery, and I definitely feel that you will hear the difference and progression as an artist. I teamed up with Dream The God for my studio project, ‘Sage My Soul’, and she has pushed me to work harder and really deliver quality; thinking outside of the box. What sets me apart from other artists is my sound; no one sounds like me because I am organic, raw, and unfiltered; the power is in the message.
Sage My Soul is a spiritual cleanse; a controversial album with the sole purpose to inspire, uplift, and converse with anyone who may be in a dark place, struggling to find a silver lining. I was in a dark place myself when I first started to formulate ideas for this project; struggling to make ends meet, to understand and find balance in the physical/spiritual realm, and to heal from my own demons that have been suppressed and bottled inside. Touching on topics like police brutality, systemic racism, politics/industry politics, sexual and sexual exploitation, spiritual healing, and self-love; Sage My Soul is a dialogue aimed to spark conversations in within self and within our communities. I’m most proud to share my art with the world.
That’s all that I’m gonna say and I hope you guys like the new music!
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I think the industry is always changing and shifting and that there are a lot of underrated lyricists and powerful artists on the come up. I think we’re kind of living the shift right now, a higher consciousness, and time where people are able to create their own platforms, and reach fans worldwide instantly through social media. I definitely think there will be more women on the scene as there already are a handful of dope creators already out. I also see the hip-hop realm gravitating back to its roots of lyricism in a modern form.
Gregory Goodrich @shangrixla