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Meet iismaill

Today we’d like to introduce you to iismaill.

Thanks for sharing your story with us iismaill. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I am an Indian-American first-generation artist. I started off writing poems when I was 14, not knowing anything about how music was created to having my own songs on music streaming apps such as Spotify and Apple Music at 24.

Ten years is the time it took to get to where I am today, and I still don’t consider myself “successful”. I see everything as a part of my journey, regardless of whether or not it’s positive. I truly believe that you can never stop learning and that even if you become somebody, to somebody else, you’re a nobody. My EP “Marzi” along with my two singles, “Anymore” and “Anything”, are all on major streaming apps, and I’m beyond thankful to everybody that has contributed to getting me there.

This year, I plan to put out the first batch of my merch, as well as music visuals for my songs. I’m also working on a new project, planning to begin producing music, and learning how to get better at video editing as well. It’s all part of my story.

Has it been a smooth road?
To say that my journey thus far has been a smooth road is an extreme undercut to my own personal struggles. Coming from a first-generation non-musical family, it’s difficult being an artist. Especially since there are so many things that your parents don’t understand when it comes to artistic expression.

Sometimes being the only one and the first one to do something in a household is extremely challenging, and I have had to, on multiple occasions, explain myself as to why I am pursuing a career in music. Working a regular job and going to school as well while still trying to make it as an artist has been one of the most defining characteristics of my life. But the goal is to not give up until I get to where I desire. Consistency is key.

Can you give our readers some background on your music?
I’m a musical artist, primarily leaning towards hip-hop/rap, sometimes pop. What I’m most proud of are the responses that I’ve gotten over the years regarding my music. I feel like my cultural background sets me apart from other artists, simply because it’s not something you see every day. I appreciate myself for not giving up and having the courage to keep pushing through. I plan to make both “iill” and “Marzi” brands in the future.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
The music industry is rapidly changing every single day. What I mean by that is that old trends are coming back, new ones are going out. Tunes that used to appeal to people no longer have the same effect, while newer sounds are taking over. I feel like as an artist, it’s extremely important to stay unique, yet tap into your own personal niche that vibes with the trends of the times.

Can/should you evolve as an artist? Absolutely, because if you keep doing the same thing over and over, people will get tired of your material, no matter how hot you are. Being able to create something that people will keep coming back to and not feel like they are listening to repetitiveness, all while still maintaining your own personal flair is an art.

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Reno Ludwiga
Kevin Candor
Jacob Morales
Shalender Singh

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