How WiZkid Created His Own Music Career: What He Did And How You Can Do It Too
WiZkid is a hip-hop artist, producer, engineer, and songwriter. He also has a degree in audio engineering. WiZkid has been writing songs and making beats for the past 12 years. In 2007 he was introduced to the music industry and spent the next few years developing his craft before releasing his debut album “Better Than Me” in 2011.
Three years later he released his second studio album “The Road” which was critically acclaimed by The Source Magazine as one of the top ten albums of 2014. This blog post is a personal account of how WiZkid’ music career started.
Section 1: WiZkid’s background
Section 2: Launching his career
Section 3: What WiZkid did to create his music career
Section 4: How you can do it too
WiZkid grew up listening to everyone from Hip Hop legends Wu-Tang Clan to Tupac Shakur and Mary J. Blige. These influences helped shape WiZkid into the kind of person that is all about being different, being you, and doing whatever you want. What is it that you love to do, and what’s the best way to go about doing it?
“Make it come from the inside” is what WiZkid likes to say, and you can say that about his music as well. He was born and raised in the Central Bronx where he eventually got his GED. He then went on to pursue a degree in audio engineering in college. He would constantly sing and rap. But WiZkid would not become a full-time rapper until he found the love of his life, the woman who would become his wife and mother of his two sons.
Launching his career
A few years ago, WiZkid was interested in producing a style of music that he felt was more suited for the urban market. He wanted to combine trap, R&B, and hip-hop elements for a modern and contemporary sound. His production style evolved as he was learning new production software, and he ended up producing 808s & Heartbreak with Atlantic Records.
He continued to produce music and remix for several other artists, but he was not satisfied with the available productions for rap so he decided to create his own. WiZkid reveals, “It started as a hobby; I was using the same software and same approach to production that everyone else was. Then I started to get into Auto Tune, taking little snippets here and there to make my own “new” beats.
What WiZkid did to create his music career
Before he released his debut album WiZkid was doing everything he could to make a name for himself. He is an intern at “Power 106” Los Angeles which is a Spanish language urban adult contemporary urban radio station.
He was there for the first three months in 2011 and shared a studio with the likes of Fat Joe, J-Lo, Trey Songz, and Dj Khaled. He worked as a publicist for American record label, Warner Brothers. He also interned at the David Guetta record label. He was a music buyer for Nokia where he bought and promoted music from well-known artists like K-Swiss, Lil Wayne, and Kevin Rudolf. He was a marketer for DISH Network where he was responsible for reaching the Latino and African American market.
How you can do it too
Starting a music career is tough and takes lots of time, hard work, discipline, patience, faith and belief. But there is no better way to learn than starting from a zero. We can all learn how to make beats, start a band, write a song and write a book.
To do any of these you have to start at the beginning and not only start but know that the moment you begin you are going to fall many times but also you will hit the sky with every attempt. That’s how it works and that’s the way it is done. When I was in secondary school, I was in the final year in a school in a big town. The only thing I was good at at school was English Language. It was the only subject I enjoyed doing in class. I was the school’s English correspondent. English Language was compulsory in all the schools we attended.