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Don Zio P | Average to Savage EP33

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This is the thirty-third episode of the Average to Savage podcast featuring rapper Don Zio P. Paul Guarino talked with Don Zio P discussing his past basketball career, how he got into rapping, the day he got signed with a label, and his future plans. Follow Don Zio P https://www.instagram.com/DonZioP https://www.facebook.com/DonZioP Powered by PG Sports https://www.pg-sports.com

This is the average to savage podcastwith Paul Greno everyone in anyone, athletes, suets and much more. What's up, everybody, I'm back for another episode the average, average podcast.I got a special guest today, Don geop down. What's up? How'sit going? What are you doing? What's what's happened in your life?Everything? School? Right now, I'm chilling, currently, smoking and drinkinga little bit and I'm out of La. Okay, trying to get some businessdone. All Right, see you. Could you give us a like alittle background about yourself's hard to keep it short, I guess, butlong story show. My name is down Zop. How's you make? Anhalf a talon up from Middletown Connecticut, started making music two years ago.My first song isn't one. That got me, you know, intrigues,a you know, major labels, and I ended up, you know,being on to would you know? I'll push your tea from there. Youknow, just little things kept happening and yeah, now now in La andyou know, open they get things happening this year and we get to representthe state the right way. You know, yeah, for sure. How didyou? How did you come up with the name? Don Zeo pick. That actually came from a Jamaica a half time, and so my grandmotheron the Jamaican side used to call me down growing up. Okay, andas Zo is uncle, and my nickname before rap was uncle p. that'swhy I will my back test says uncle p. So I used to theDawn, the zero and Zeo in the Times on. So, yeah,look, Donzi on PS me. So I took those three and put themtogether. An I like even better now and you you will even read overtwo years. Oh Yeah, yeah, two years now. I feel likeI've been following you for a minute. What are the owner that? Yeah, maybe it felt like yeah, well, actually, yeah, well, Iknew about you back in your basketball days. Yeah, yeah, yeah, Oh, yeah, that's true. Yeah, so what how did how'dyou transition from basketball player to rapper? Yeah, you know, it's afunny transition because, you know, people don't tend to take things serious,you know, when you're like you know if you're known for doing one thing. So, you know, what I...

...did in town was I thought thebest move I can make when I get all my first song. You know, I did a music video for right away and since I was you know, kind of a you know, popular guy in my area. You know, I did like a big tool party, got some people to come out.I paid a very good film director white these films, who was stillmy film Guy, yeah, to do the video. And so I thinkwhen a video came out and people got to see, like damn, thisis this a real video, he like, you know, he put out.I feel like that kind of change people's perspective. Looked at me alittle bit and then then, you know, these are nonbelievers. And then,if I think what happened was when major label started reaching out and Isigned a deal, I think to a lot of people that kind of likeyou know, solidified like okay, I just do it. It does music. Now some people stood at you know Stud and get on it. Somepeople still yeah, I don't know, you saying yeah, you know,all other things happen, you know, slowly. You know. Then Idid Oakdale and that at the old deal. I did ACCOMPLIH CON and at acomplics con I did hot jam. You know, it's the biggest stagein Connecticut. You know that after hot jam, you know then push yourts to ask me to come on tour. You know, so little staples thathappened. I felt like just been building up everything. I think rightnow I'm at a point where people like you know, they get it.You know. Yeah, besides like your music being good, like I alreadyknew that, but like what called my attention with you was like you're marketingtactics and like that's what I think brought you to another level. I appreciatethat. I take that serious. Yeah, I think the way you promote yourselfis very important and people, and I try to prect the people.A lot of people make music right and and I say there's a lot oftimes I don't think I'm the best artist in the state. I think I'mat where I'm at is because I know how to, you know, sellwho I am and I'm not. I'm not selling nothing fake. You knowwhat I talked to, what I talked about, is me, you know, and you know, I feel like people feel that. So, youknow, showing people that do people don't don't that don't know. You gotto show them who you are. So I feel like, you know whatmy instagram I do a great job at...

...just shown why ant people and it'seasy for people to buy in. Yeah, for sure, I mean me andyou. I mean I known you for a couple I mean maybe likefour or five years, but obviously before you were rappering something. You've beenreal with me and since day one. So that's why we're doing this interviewright now. From day one, people say that I never even yeah beforethat I don't even know. Yeah, that not. Send Him, sendhim to me, I'll tell him what's good. I said, send himto me, I'll tell him what's good. That's him. You're really so,you know, it's like it's not respond to people. I also don'tknow that are you know, positive things. You know that to mess with themusic, people that you know that have good things to say. Buther DM and me about you know some you know, hey, y'all usedto get on my track together. You know, Likee d. You askme because you know, you think I'm litt now, you know, askingme because you really want to make a song with me. I'm saying yeah, definitely, yeah, I get it. So, yeah, it's just like, yeah, there's pros and cons everything and just like you know,people just don't like I've been noticing just in general, just people just don'teven know how to like write a correct message to people. If you wantto get their attention the right way, they send the most simplest joint.You. Look, if you say Yo, yeah, like you just said,like Yo, let me get on a track, like that's I'm ingenuine yeah, like you could have given you a whole story, yeah,about something. Yeah, you could have gave me a whole whatever. Yeah, but you know, get on my track, man. I think onthe hot to do these things over me, like that's not a way you introduceyourself, you know for sure. Like even like this girl Dmme,and she was like, Oh my God, like I saw you working with likeall these wnb players, Blah Blah, and so awesome, like I don'tknow about like social media marketing. Could you like help me out?Blah Blah. I'm like, I'm like, who the hell am I? Ohmy God, yeah, I'm gonna...

D I was like, yeah,I'll jump on the phone you whatever, I don't care, and that's cool. Whatever. That was like genuine, like it wasn't like Yo, Yo, Paul, like give me some free shit, like what the fuck exactlydifferent? Yeah, going back to so, I think yes, your hit songwas was dunk on your bitch right, great for me, and I thinkthat's the one that called the most attention from people and from labels.Yeah, you know, I don't really have no, I would say Ihave any hit records, because records when the whole world knows you. Yeah. So I think I had great local success with with with dunk on yourDungar Bitch, you know, just following it up with other songs that Iput out that people can ride to, like four calibunga switch, you know. So I think I think people kind of gravitated more towards because it's adifferent style. You know, like right now it was really popular, istrap, Trap Music and trap beats and eight a weeks banging and stuff likethat. And you know, my music isn't necessary. Is Nowhere near that. You know, I'm music is a talking about no hood stuff. I'mnot talking about killing the selling drugs. I don't come from that. Icall from an area that's suburban and you know, growing up, you knowhung out with white kids and black kids and you know, all we usedto do is really party and fuck girls, you know, have a little funand get drunk, do drugs whatever. So, like that's what I comefrom. So when I started making music, you know, one ofthe name music that related to me in my life and the kids that arefrom, you know, you know, from whatever, what, any areathat I don't care if you're from suburb, city, wherever. It just peoplethat want to have fun. And so that's why I'm kind of makingmusic for people that just live a life every day and have fun, becausethat's how I feel every day. I don't have any mad days a weekup, I don't have any bad days. I love the wake up happy everysingle day and I'm excited about, you know, trying to get tothe next step in life every day. So those are the people I mademusic for. So my piece are little untraditional, you know I'm saying Ilike to compare a lot of our beats to and not to compare to Neptun's. I'm not trying to say, you know, Nextus is a huge,you know huge, you know group, you know friendly Chad, but butI feel like, you know, we...

...make awkward beats like how they started, when they when they were making beats, and I feel like we choose acertain kind of sound that we that we, you know, live byand you know, people aren't going to get it at first, but Ifeel like the more you know, they get into you, they'll understand it. You know, if for sure, and what's good. Let's jump intoyour unique rock star style. How do you do? That's a few.Describe it for me. Oh yeah, it's hard to describe all my kindof just I just got a a bunch of weird clothes. What see?Whatever, I just doing like you know, oh, he's a rapper, yougot a weird Gucci. You got to relive it if you're really successful. You know I'm saying, and a lot of my guys, that alot of my idols I look after, you know, like machine gun Kellybeing one, whisklifa being one. You know, all of those guys.You know, I'm not saying that I rich yet the rich, but youknow, machine Kelly doesn't know you don't see him in, you know,and designer clothes all the time. You know he's always in and not thathe's not wearing designer, but he's not wearing the designer that everybody you knowis branded to look rich. You know he's wearing you know, specific designersthat make their own one and one pieces that are unique in different and so, you know, when I got into this, even before music, youknow, I used to always like make my own clothes, like drawing stuff, and and you know, so when I started doing, you know,this stuff, really I just took that in kind of elevated it and youknow, so I just kind of mixed pieces together sometimes I really shouldn't gotogether, you know. So like that, that's more like a where I getmy style from. It's just a kind of an unorthodox way to putsome pieces together. I guess and and I get you know, and then, yeah, I didn't necessarily think it's rock star, but people think it'srock star, so I just wrote with it. You know, I'm saying, yeah, for sure. And what's your isn't your groups called Young Tarenthomies? Yes, I repression. You know, the people I represent asa young tad at homies, and it's not specifically, it's not like agroup, man, it's young at a...

...homies. is every single body inthe world who who feels like they want are part of the young said athomies. So, you know, I feel like people think they need tattoosto be a part of the youngs at homies, and that's not true.Young had at homies. It has a deeper meaning behind it, and isthe meaning behind ad at homies is, you know, it's really a groupof people that got a permanent goal in mind and you know, and so, like that's how it started off, with me and my boys, youknow, me, my producers, a video guy, my brother, myphotographers, you know, all of us were just a group of dudes.I just wanted the same goal. You know, we're all in different lanes, but we wanted the same goal. And you know, we're all chasingsuccess and and just to you know, be bigger, you know, learnand be bigger every day. So that's what the young at Homie stand for. So Tattoos are permanent thing. So, you know, that's where the permanencecomes from, as of US being a group. So that's what itreally stands for. Got You. That's deep. And how many tattoos doyou have? Ballad, had to ask us to see if you knew ifwe can find a girl that wants to come. You're sick. Oh,but yeah, and then, like how did your record label like find you, or did you have like a couple deals on table and you just saidto make this same. She's kind of crazy. I was. I wasleaving work. It was two hundred and five, and never forget its twofive. Where were you working now? I was working at a group home. Okay, I just have my group home job, long as they where. I get up at five in the morning to go to work and Igot off at two hundred and five. I just jumped in my car andI was playing one of my songs at the time called real one. It'skinlready like a sad song, and I was like low key already, Ihad like a tear mine listening to it, and I got a phone call fromIDJ and he's like Yo, he said, Yo, Yo, youknow, Steven Victor, a guy named...

...camp just called me to see fiftyoneths to me with you and I'm I don't know who that is. Attimes I cool. So I was like like who is that and he's likeyeah, he works at Universal Music Group. I might just shut the fuck up. Not really works. The Republic records wants you to come down inNew York right now and meet me, and I was going to hang onthe phone last shut up. I was about to hang up. Really,no, no, I'm like this serious, like they won't do once. Youcome right now, like like him saying, like we gotta go.So like are you serious? And stays like yeah, I'll bet the housean hour. So he came and got me, who went to New York, and that's when I found out who Steven Victor really was, kind of, and that's how the first, you know, offer came on the table. CASTINE. How they find you. Oh, so there's a guy namedcat who's not actually my manager. Yeah, who's he was trying to become anrthe label, and so he was just showing, like see, thinkthere's some artists. He showed them. Mom showed them, I guess,a couple people that he knew, you know, a couple artists that hewas like looking out form, like Florida, just people he found online, andI guess showed him a couple Connecticut artist and then I guess what happenedwas see Victa took going to the hallway and said you okay, you know, you know how you try to become an anr, and I really showingme anybody. You know that. You know that we like and he,you know, I guess Kevi was I hold on heart I got one morefor you and he went back into the room and I was a very lastperson he showed and he said seeing victor ran the song back ten times andthen that's when you say, Yo, we're scared from me say Connecticut.He said call him some become right now. And Kevin went to high school withmy DJ, so he DMI DJ and got his number and called himand told him everything. After this it's been a current theme of all thesepodcasts I've been doing. It's all about networking. Yeah, and how didhow the pushers think tea push your teething come about? How'd you get itcaught up with him and get on tour with him and stuff like that?Well, the funny part is I had a song that I had sent steensvictor when he was in La and he...

...was actually the studio with tiger.He was showing tight to some of my records. He showed them like dumpa bitch and a hit him me up. It's a tag. You like thatbeing a bitch, and so, long story short, I guess theywere doing like a big meeting with just some label people and some some artists, and push tea up to do one of the artists in the room withtiger and I guess I'm just playing some songs and he played them the songthat I had just recently set and it said push tea like that a lot. So you know, I'm saying so that they said. I thought theywere joking. When he say he's going to get on it. And thenI got a facetime called about three months later. I was leaving a clubwith my DJ and see, figure was fast time to me. He likenever really facetimes people too much. Yeah, so when I saw that the oldshit, so I picked up right away. I'm drunk as hell whenI said when I pick up, his push team was on the phone andI can't remember what I said that day. I was just so fucked up,but we were just weird. I was just going crazy. Yeah,and and and, and he had just sent me the version that he hadon the song with me and we had just heard it and that's why weare going crazy, like you know, saying so and so when he sentdown I was like, damn, that's that's kind of crazy. And thenso lost story. Short after that. He got on his day tornator.Then recently and check West was was supposed to be on it and Boston andI guess canceled because he had a bigger show on hall and they their way. He sat rocky, and so when he canceled, they had gave mea call and say, Hey, there's opening spot and I'll pushing t's onfor the Boston show and they asked me come do it. So as thehell. Yeah, I went up there the House of Blues and did thatand his road manager actually loved how we opened up. I'll just the endergywe had in how we got the crowd that, you know, being engaged. Yeah, and so, you know, then they asked us to go toVirginia, so we went to Virginia and they're from Virginia. They askedto go to La so we're performed twice out of La with them. AndYeah, that's how the whole tour like came about. It's crazy. Andthen now you just recently gotten on is, I guess you'd say, Short ofcollaboration albums. Yeah, Tequila,...

...hundred. Yeah, and he hadsaw me, you know, he saw me up for it, so he'slike a little sponsorship right now that we're just going with a Tequila and sothey dropped out album that we made out here in La that he's just likepromoting, you know. I'm saying, yeah, there on commercial right,you're on a commercial to right. Yeah, yeah, they had a commercial theyput on TV like at the half time of the NBA Games down aChristmas games. Yeah, that's pretty crazy to see, like on national TV. I'm saying, yeah, definitely, let's kind of are you guys?Are you guys doing like a mini tour for that? Um, no,no, I'll be dope about it. I think just a part of thedeal was just, you know, put an album out. You know,they've been promoting it well and, you know, just really just, youknow, for the people that I mean besides me, like I already hadmet pushed tea before that, but for the people that hadn't met him,you know, it's just a good experience to being a studio with a guylike pushing teach for other people, you know, yeah, for sure.And what what upcoming songs or albums you have for this year? I gotso I got my first EP coming out. It's going to be called over boyand I don't know what date yet. Hopefully. You know, I wantedI wanted to come out on Valentine's Day. So that's the day we'retrying to get it to come out on. Okay, Ye, perfect marketing.thereat you and love boys more of you know, because people ask meabout the title, like, you know, is it about love or is aboutheartbreak? And it's, you know, about neither. It's about, youknow, Lover Boys, who I am, and it's just, youknow, the lifestyle that I live. So sometimes just you know, whenI'm up and down with, you know, women that out there that are mylife. You know, sometimes things are going great with girls and sometimes, you know, the situation is where, you know, some people get madabout the way I live, you know. You know, you know, I just have sex with a lot of women and I'm very cool alot of girls, and you know,...

...sometimes that becomes an issue, youknow, but I got love for all of them. So, you know, it's it becomes a very smoky picture, you know. You know, whenyou're dealing with you know that that many people. Yeah, definitely.What's your what's your goals for two thousand and nineteen? My goals two thousandand nineteen is to, you know, make a bigger step of my careercareer than then, two thousand and eighteen. So, you know, just keepmoving up, you know, you know, everybody can say the clicheanswer you. I want to hit record. Yeah, I want to know more. You know, and I don't. I'm not saying. I'm not sayingthat I don't want that. I'm saying is I just want to gradual. Girl. You know for sure you're ready for some fun questions. Yes, sir. So what's something that people don't know about? Don Ziopie,don't know. Yeah, I don't like using condoms. My God. Well, that's going to get you in trouble. What about you? You still hoopsbasketball? So long man. Yeah, I'll still I'll bust the rappers Asso, but yeah, I'm sure, I'm sure you're gonna get. You'REgonna get some challenges in the future once I figure it out. Yeah,that's why Brown. All right, that'd be cool. That be cool.That could be a cool little you get some sponsorship deals right there with thatexactly. And what about what do you like to do in your free timewhen you're not rapping? Well, actually, I know what you're going to say, probably yeah, but that's a dope one. To honestly am Iin my free time, when I'm not rapping, I would say usually Ilike to. I like to sit down and watch interviews all day. Okay, yeah, I literally do that a lot. Watch a lot of randominterviews, all of random artists from random and genres and just just soak updifferent information. Only like only musicians or...

...everything else, everybody, like literallyartist, like all people that paint. Okay, business people. This iscorner. Watch recently of what's his name? I'm gonna Forget his name right now. I don't want to say but but yeah, I like to watchthe different people. You know, there's people that have been successful with business. You know. Yeah, actually watched a lot of his interviews. He'sjust a very smart guy, for sure. You gotta, you gotta check outthe ones with a rod did with Barcelus. I never seen it herein the yeah, he did. He just did won't with Kobe. It'sreally good. Yeah, like Kobe. You know, Kobe doesn't really dointerviews either. So that's why I was like really good out for sure.Well, I already know you're going to go far in your career. Icould just tell just by even just talking to you, and you're already,like on the custo above, doing great things. So I appreciate you comingon the show. I appreciate you guys man's platform to be on it,for sure. And now we're can people follow you on social media? Everythingon social media is Doopdo when Ziop and I guess really just instagram. Owngot twitter and the stuff we got you. Well, thanks for coming up.Appreciate Your Bus.

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