Hi folks, Introduce us to you / all to the members, What made you decide that music is a thing for you?

I’m Zoplo a Blind hip hop-inspired vocalist and songwriter. I started writing music while involuntarily committed to various lockdown psychiatric facilities across North America during my adolescent and teenage years. Rap specifically was a way the other kids and I could maintain any semblance of control over our life. The revelation that you can affect the world around you through something you’ve created, irrespective of scale, rather than being a flag in the wind subject to the effect of other people has never left me. 

The music industry is the hardest industry in the world to progress in, How do you feel you are doing?

I’m a pretty private person in my personal life and although I would love to sustain myself purely by doing what I love, I’m contingent on just how much talent is out there I try to make music because it’s what I love and hope I can find it in myself to continue to share what I’ve made and that if what I make is good enough people will listen.  

How have your songwriting skills developed over time?

Trying to learn how to write songs in lockdown psychiatric facilities forced me to focus a lot on storytelling as I was being inundated with the darkest part of people’s lives, but it wasn’t until my discharge that I was able to really fall in love with melody, harmony and harmonic instruments the way I have now. I think as my ear and musicality develop my songwriting evolves and is able to cross genres more. 

Did you buy anything you don’t need during the pandemic?

Yeah, shoelaces. 

What was the worst experience on stage?

Opening for Tech N9ne they had a smoke machine. Not a fan of smoke machines on stage. 

Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about.

Few people in my personal life know I make music. 

What makes you stand out as a band/artist?

I think my story can speak to an underrepresented group of people who grew up in mental health systems. Besides Cage, who I think is dope and was one of my favorite artists I’ve opened for, I’d never heard of an artist who spent years growing up in lockdown psychiatric facilities and that would have meant a lot to me to have that representation 

I hear you have a new single, what can you tell us about it?

“Are we there yet” is a song about trying to find closure with your upbringing when that upbringing was scarred by mental health issues. I tried to walk the line between making it personal and bringing in some connecting elements of those who grew up around me so that hopefully people can relate. 

Talk me through the thought process of the new tune.

I wanted to write something less myopic and not only write part of my story but a part of the story of a lot of people close to me. Trying to find those connecting experiences while giving our individuality its appropriate reverence was part of finding that closure for me. 

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

I’m always looking for new music so feel free to message me at @zoplomusc and I’d recommend anyone who likes this tune to check out Red Rose Divine, she’s a phenomenal singer and songwriter from the Bay Area.