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The Eighth Note: ABRZY

‘The Eighth Note’ is 8 quick Questions with Wellington Musicians.

A chance for us to catch up with people & see what they’re up to, or introduce you to a new musician/band and their music.

Today’s guest is local rapper Abid Rahman, who records under the name ABRZY, and whose string of consistently quality singles led to him being tapped to open for Lil Yachty’s Wgtn gig last year.

Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
My name is ABRZY pronounced Ay. Breezy. I am a 25 year old rapper born in Bangladesh and currently residing in Wellington. I have been rapping for many years releasing a slew of singles and performing at different venues across the city. I was blessed enough to have opened for Tinie Tempah, Kid Ink, Lil Yachty and Bliss n Eso all last year. I like to make music with passion, soul and meaning. I love to spit heavy bars and have deep understanding appreciation for the culture and roots of hip hop. At the same time, I love creating atmospheric vibes, singing in melodies and trying different things with my voice. Lyrically, the content of my songs are based on my life, my experiences, everything that I’ve been through, going through and aspire to. My relations with friends, enemies, girls, love, life, this city, my home town, my goals and dreams are all common themes in my music.

What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
I have been working on releasing the best music of my life this year and I have a new song called ‘Top Down’ coming out 29/4/2018. After Top down I plan on releasing more singles and really flood the streets with great music. Eventually I want to release an Album or EP, but want to create a strong single first to support it and then we will see how we go.

Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?:
The best place people can follow me is on all streaming services. Simply type in ABRZY on Spotify, Apple Music, Soundcloud and I will appear. Also YouTube. I’m also very active on Facebook and Instragram so they are great places. I can be found everywhere by typing in ABRZY.

What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?:
1 – Lil Wayne/Tha Carter III
2 – Drake/Take Care
3 – Eminem/Encore.

Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?:
I would love to work with Louis Baker or Estère, I think their singing is incredible and I am so confident we could create some magic together if I was ever lucky enough to get the chance.

What’s your favourite Wellington venue to play in?:
My top two venues in Wellington to play is at Meow and Valhalla. I’ve had some great memories at Valhalla where I’ve hosted gigs there.

In your songwriting or composing (or the band’s songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?:
I have to listen to the beat first. The beat immediately dictates which direction the song is going to go, i.e. will it be a hard rap song with heavy bars, or a smooth more melodic tune or is their room for both?. Once I understand the tone of the song I wish to create, I start freestyling over it and just see which verses, rhymes and melodies naturally come to me. I will record that as a draft version and listen to it over and over again. This is when I really hone in on the lyrics and actually put pen to paper and put my words in. I take a long time to write a song and can range from a day to weeks or even months. Once I have the lyrics set, I will record the final vocals over the instrumental and then begin to mix and master. Throw some adlibs in and tighten any loose ends and done.

Where/when is your next gig?:
Unsure where and when my next show is, however I will keep you updated for sure! Just focusing on putting out great music first and then will perform it to the world.

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