Zino DaDon: Artist of the Week
The HF team had the chance to catch up with local rap artist Zino Dadon as our first Artist of the week after a brief hiatus. We got to speak about future projects, inspiration and his motivation to create. See below to read the interview with the altruistic driven artist.
Medium of Expression: I am a Rapper I make HipHop/ R&B
Why do you create?: I create music to express myself. I see it [music] as another way to express my feelings on stuff going on in my life, and the lives of people close to me. It’s also a way to connect with fans who can relate, but just don’t know how to explain themselves.
How long have you been creating?: Less than a year
What piece of work are you most proud of?: I am most proud of the recent project I have been working on called Picture Perfect. I gave it that name because growing up in school and church you are taught to believe life is easy, happy, and stress-free. It is made to seem picture perfect even with your own family. Every song on the project talks about how life isn’t so picture perfect. I explain all the things that are not talked about in life. For an example they talk about how after high school your next move should be college, but they never mention how expensive college is or how there’s a chance you may go to jail and never get a chance to experience college at all because you were wrongly accused because you’re black. [sic] This project will be produced by KP a young engineer from the same place I’m from who understands the meaning behind the project, BIG shout out to KP. The project is has not yet been released but I can show you the cover art which is a canvas painting which was designed by an artist named Sleepvangogh who is also from the sameness place KP and I are from so BIG shout out to Sleepvangogh also.
Where do you find inspiration?: I find my inspiration by speaking and listening to my friends and family that are in situations that I want to help them out of. Gives me a reason to do what I do, and motivates me to want to succeed quickly.
How can we stay up-to-date on your latest creations? Social Media: @ZinoDaDon on Instagram @ZinoDaDon on twitter and like my Facebook page Zino DaDon as well. Subscribe to my YouTube Chanel, Spotify, Apple Music, MyMixtapez, Deezer and etc.. to stay updated with new music
What do you like to do in your spare time?: In my spare time, I brainstorm more ideas to help others who come from where I come from we have a lot of entrepreneurs and I want their work to be recognized as well.
Finally, what message would you like your art to depict?: I want my work to represent the creativity and strong passion of coming from a place no one has heard about to being someone who opened up a path for everyone in that place to showcase their talents. I have friends and family who are in situations that are tough to get out of but by listening to my music and knowing my story it will give them hope that life is still a gift even though it’s not picture perfect. I want to be that person that young kids can look up to and say if he did it I can do it to.
We first met Zino Dadon at our most recent Rapper Photoshoot hosted at Graffiti Alley. Check out the photos from his set below.