Photo by Mary Villoso.
Wassup On The Daily fam,
My blog continues to be the most visited section of this website so I'm glad yall are tuning in! I haven't updated this blog in about 2 weeks but I'm here to catch you up on what I've been doing. March has been a great month.
In the beginning of March, I was preparing and practicing for the two shows I did here in Honolulu. My homegirl Jan Robancho (guitarist) had to practice for "DA FREAKSHOW," my college's annual student talent show. Its been held every year for the past 11 years at the historic Hawaii Theatre. The show was held on Tuesday, March 22nd. It was my third and final time performing there as a college student. To be honest, it was emotional and iconic for me because I really started taking music more seriously after I performed there the first time in 2013, and I've performed every year since then. Although I didn't win any prizes, my partner and I got good reviews and everyone digged the whole show. I'm really satisfied with our performance and the work we put in.
The weekend before DA FREAKSHOW, I did a short performance at Club Rende Vuu for the March Mayhem event. The event was a Hip Hop showcase put together by IDELIVERENT and RUDEBOYRADIO. There were hella dope rappers on the set and I look forward to working with more local rappers. Some of the line up included Aktion and AliCat. Teamwork makes the dream work!
This past week I had a photo shoot with my home girl Mary Villoso, hit her up if you need some photography work for your portfolio, website, cover letter, etc! We still got one more shoot scheduled so Ima hold off on sharing all the shots. You can check out my Instagram (@JEHZANEXCLUSIVE) to see some of em though.
Anyways, Ima share a little bit more about my plans for creating an EP. But it's definitely gonna start rolling this year. Also, check out my Team Backpack Audition video!
Rap's Favorite Lumpia
Let me just start by saying that On-The-Daily is always going to be a Hip Hop blog. But to be honest folks, I’m on spring break and for some reason, spring break just reminds me of white boys and rock music. When I was in junior high, around the early 2000s, there was an explosion of alternative and punk rock music. That era solidified many artists and bands under the umbrella of the rock genre - Green Day and Blink 182 just to name a few. Even as “hip-hop heads,” we can’t deny that blending and collaborating between genres is crucial in expanding the culture...and it’s damn right creative (remember Jay-Z’s and Linkin Park collab?).
From One Direction to Maroon 5, there’s something about a group of guys singing that seems to popularize with the public. But The Zendeavors are not popular, you’ve probably never heard of them; or even if you had, it was probably at a local party in Portland. Point is, you should check these guys out.
Oddly enough, I met the The Zendeavors’ drummer, Jason Miller, at my cousin’s wedding here on Oahu last Fall. We got to talking music, he told me he was in a band, I said I was a rapper and a blogger, and the rest is history...I’ve wanted to expand the type of artists I feature while still keeping it Hip Hop-themed; so it worked well because this group actually credits some of their production elements to Hip Hop and Rap. “Our goal is to create a music that has never been heard before. Hip hop is one of our many influences but we are more rooted in rock/folk punk. What we take from hip hop in particular are the soundscapes, grooves, and the attention to lyricism that exists at a higher level in hip hop than other music that we hear,” said The Zendeavors.
Regardless of your music preference, I think anyone can find at least one song they might like off the band’s latest self-titled EP. The project took roughly 4 years to put together, and they are proud to have released it. As a Hip Hop artist and fan, I gotta say that “Sunday Drug” is probably my favorite. It keeps a steady base and snare foundation with clever strums on the guitar with smooth vocals from lead guitarist, Andrew Rogers. The Zendeavors also includes bass player, Andrew Poletto, and yes, saxophonist Ted Schera. The group’s four members all met at University of Oregon.
In a world where everybody wants to be trending, The Zendeavors are here to break trends, and reproduce elements in the most unique and weird ways. In almost every interview I have with artists, I like to ask them to describe their sound in one or two words. “Eclectic earmilk” is what this group told me. I had to hear more.
In no particular order, these were my favorite and most listened-to albums of 2015.
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