*LONG, INTERESTING READ*
At 13 I started writing poetry as a coping method for my hot headed ass. 15 I was writing more than just rhyming journal entries, I was writing half songs. 17 i started recording in a studio. My first rap name was zay/zae. 18 I went to the University of Southern Indiana for college. At 19 I did my first show in my hometown. From 20-22 I lived in Chicago, IL and Evansville, IN at the same time; Indiana Mon-thurs for class then off to Chicago for shows and studio sessions. I once showed up to sound check too drunk to..well...test my mic and tracks (I rarely drink), ive ran off stage in the middle of a song and projectile puked in front of famous peoples tour bus and entourage (thats cause I ate a whole box of fiber one bars before the show). Ive had the screaming fans, the pictures, the.... LOVE. This love was something so surreal. Walking into a venue and hearing my name being screamed by people just so they could get my attention. To know I had people hanging on me and my music, fueled me every day. At 22 I was battling my demons and depression was making me someone I wasnt. I had just started a duo @ao2vibes
with Nic and it showed promise. AO2 was built around a positive message & feel good vibes. But my state of mind at the time was in a dark place. As an artist I'm not able to make positive music if my mind isnt allowing me to think positvely. Thats the poetry side of me-- the coping method for how I felt in that moment. I wasnt able to get my demons out on paper bc that wasnt our message and I didnt want to spend my energy on solo projects at the time bc I knew I had to get this done. From 23-25 ive been completly irrelevant, bc I had nothing to say. The day @macmiller
passed was a realization moment. That was my brother.. Someone who's saved me from dark dark things. One thing ive never cared about was my rap name.. It was Julian Spark which I grew to hate bc it had no meaning. Music & artists save lives. Mac saved me. Since then Ive felt purpose to continue to save people thru music. Isaiah means "to save". Today I introduce to you iZayah. Red Dot was recorded in 2015.