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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 podcast with 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's it going? What are you doing? What's what's happened in your life? Everything? School? Right now, I'm chilling, currently, smoking and drinking a little bit and I'm out of La. Okay, trying to get some business done. All Right, see you. Could you give us a like a little background about yourself's hard to keep it short, I guess, but long story show. My name is down Zop. How's you make? An half 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. You know, just little things kept happening and yeah, now now in La and you know, open they get things happening this year and we get to represent the state the right way. You know, yeah, for sure. How did you? How did you come up with the name? Don Zeo pick. That actually came from a Jamaica a half time, and so my grandmother on the Jamaican side used to call me down growing up. Okay, and as Zo is uncle, and my nickname before rap was uncle p. that's why I will my back test says uncle p. So I used to the Dawn, the zero and Zeo in the Times on. So, yeah, look, Donzi on PS me. So I took those three and put them together. An I like even better now and you you will even read over two years. Oh Yeah, yeah, two years now. I feel like I've been following you for a minute. What are the owner that? Yeah, maybe it felt like yeah, well, actually, yeah, well, I knew about you back in your basketball days. Yeah, yeah, yeah, Oh, yeah, that's true. Yeah, so what how did how'd you transition from basketball player to rapper? Yeah, you know, it's a funny 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 the best 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 still my film Guy, yeah, to do the video. And so I think when a video came out and people got to see, like damn, this is this a real video, he like, you know, he put out. I feel like that kind of change people's perspective. Looked at me a little bit and then then, you know, these are nonbelievers. And then, if I think what happened was when major label started reaching out and I signed a deal, I think to a lot of people that kind of like you know, solidified like okay, I just do it. It does music. Now some people stood at you know Stud and get on it. Some people still yeah, I don't know, you saying yeah, you know, all other things happen, you know, slowly. You know. Then I did Oakdale and that at the old deal. I did ACCOMPLIH CON and at a complics con I did hot jam. You know, it's the biggest stage in Connecticut. You know that after hot jam, you know then push your ts to ask me to come on tour. You know, so little staples that happened. I felt like just been building up everything. I think right now I'm at a point where people like you know, they get it. You know. Yeah, besides like your music being good, like I already knew that, but like what called my attention with you was like you're marketing tactics and like that's what I think brought you to another level. I appreciate that. I take that serious. Yeah, I think the way you promote yourself is 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 of times I don't think I'm the best artist in the state. I think I'm at where I'm at is because I know how to, you know, sell who I am and I'm not. I'm not selling nothing fake. You know what I talked to, what I talked about, is me, you know, and you know, I feel like people feel that. So, you know, showing people that do people don't don't that don't know. You got to show them who you are. So I feel like, you know what my instagram I do a great job at...

...just shown why ant people and it's easy for people to buy in. Yeah, for sure, I mean me and you. I mean I known you for a couple I mean maybe like four or five years, but obviously before you were rappering something. You've been real with me and since day one. So that's why we're doing this interview right now. From day one, people say that I never even yeah before that I don't even know. Yeah, that not. Send Him, send him to me, I'll tell him what's good. I said, send him to 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't know that are you know, positive things. You know that to mess with the music, people that you know that have good things to say. But her DM and me about you know some you know, hey, y'all used to get on my track together. You know, Likee d. You ask me because you know, you think I'm litt now, you know, asking me 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't even know how to like write a correct message to people. If you want to 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 in genuine 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 on the hot to do these things over me, like that's not a way you introduce yourself, you know for sure. Like even like this girl Dmme, and she was like, Oh my God, like I saw you working with like all these wnb players, Blah Blah, and so awesome, like I don't know about like social media marketing. Could you like help me out? Blah Blah. I'm like, I'm like, who the hell am I? Oh my 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 exactly different? Yeah, going back to so, I think yes, your hit song was was dunk on your bitch right, great for me, and I think that'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 I have 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 your Dungar Bitch, you know, just following it up with other songs that I put 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 a different style. You know, like right now it was really popular, is trap, Trap Music and trap beats and eight a weeks banging and stuff like that. 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'm not talking about killing the selling drugs. I don't come from that. I call from an area that's suburban and you know, growing up, you know hung out with white kids and black kids and you know, all we used to do is really party and fuck girls, you know, have a little fun and get drunk, do drugs whatever. So, like that's what I come from. So when I started making music, you know, one of the name music that related to me in my life and the kids that are from, you know, you know, from whatever, what, any area that I don't care if you're from suburb, city, wherever. It just people that want to have fun. And so that's why I'm kind of making music for people that just live a life every day and have fun, because that's how I feel every day. I don't have any mad days a week up, I don't have any bad days. I love the wake up happy every single day and I'm excited about, you know, trying to get to the next step in life every day. So those are the people I made music for. So my piece are little untraditional, you know I'm saying I like 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 but I 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 a certain kind of sound that we that we, you know, live by and you know, people aren't going to get it at first, but I feel 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 into your 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 kind of just I just got a a bunch of weird clothes. What see? Whatever, I just doing like you know, oh, he's a rapper, you got 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 a lot of my idols I look after, you know, like machine gun Kelly being one, whisklifa being one. You know, all of those guys. You know, I'm not saying that I rich yet the rich, but you know, 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 that he's not wearing designer, but he's not wearing the designer that everybody you know is branded to look rich. You know he's wearing you know, specific designers that make their own one and one pieces that are unique in different and so, you know, when I got into this, even before music, you know, 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 you know, so I just kind of mixed pieces together sometimes I really shouldn't go together, you know. So like that, that's more like a where I get my style from. It's just a kind of an unorthodox way to put some 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's rock 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 Tarent homies? Yes, I repression. You know, the people I represent as a young tad at homies, and it's not specifically, it's not like a group, man, it's young at a...

...homies. is every single body in the world who who feels like they want are part of the young said at homies. So, you know, I feel like people think they need tattoos to 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 is the meaning behind ad at homies is, you know, it's really a group of 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, you know, me, my producers, a video guy, my brother, my photographers, 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 chasing success and and just to you know, be bigger, you know, learn and 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 permanence comes from, as of US being a group. So that's what it really stands for. Got You. That's deep. And how many tattoos do you have? Ballad, had to ask us to see if you knew if we 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 said to make this same. She's kind of crazy. I was. I was leaving work. It was two hundred and five, and never forget its two five. 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 I got off at two hundred and five. I just jumped in my car and I was playing one of my songs at the time called real one. It's kinlready like a sad song, and I was like low key already, I had like a tear mine listening to it, and I got a phone call from IDJ and he's like Yo, he said, Yo, Yo, you know, Steven Victor, a guy named...

...camp just called me to see fifty oneths to me with you and I'm I don't know who that is. At times I cool. So I was like like who is that and he's like yeah, he works at Universal Music Group. I might just shut the fuck up. Not really works. The Republic records wants you to come down in New York right now and meet me, and I was going to hang on the phone last shut up. I was about to hang up. Really, no, no, I'm like this serious, like they won't do once. You come right now, like like him saying, like we gotta go. So like are you serious? And stays like yeah, I'll bet the house an 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 named cat who's not actually my manager. Yeah, who's he was trying to become anr the label, and so he was just showing, like see, think there's some artists. He showed them. Mom showed them, I guess, a couple people that he knew, you know, a couple artists that he was like looking out form, like Florida, just people he found online, and I guess showed him a couple Connecticut artist and then I guess what happened was 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 showing me anybody. You know that. You know that we like and he, you know, I guess Kevi was I hold on heart I got one more for you and he went back into the room and I was a very last person he showed and he said seeing victor ran the song back ten times and then 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 with my DJ, so he DMI DJ and got his number and called him and told him everything. After this it's been a current theme of all these podcasts I've been doing. It's all about networking. Yeah, and how did how the pushers think tea push your teething come about? How'd you get it caught 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 steens victor 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 dump a bitch and a hit him me up. It's a tag. You like that being a bitch, and so, long story short, I guess they were 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 with tiger and I guess I'm just playing some songs and he played them the song that 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 they were joking. When he say he's going to get on it. And then I got a facetime called about three months later. I was leaving a club with my DJ and see, figure was fast time to me. He like never really facetimes people too much. Yeah, so when I saw that the old shit, so I picked up right away. I'm drunk as hell when I said when I pick up, his push team was on the phone and I 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 had on the song with me and we had just heard it and that's why we are going crazy, like you know, saying so and so when he sent down I was like, damn, that's that's kind of crazy. And then so 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 and I 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 me a call and say, Hey, there's opening spot and I'll pushing t's on for the Boston show and they asked me come do it. So as the hell. Yeah, I went up there the House of Blues and did that and his road manager actually loved how we opened up. I'll just the endergy we had in how we got the crowd that, you know, being engaged. Yeah, and so, you know, then they asked us to go to Virginia, so we went to Virginia and they're from Virginia. They asked to go to La so we're performed twice out of La with them. And Yeah, that's how the whole tour like came about. It's crazy. And then now you just recently gotten on is, I guess you'd say, Short of collaboration albums. Yeah, Tequila,...

...hundred. Yeah, and he had saw me, you know, he saw me up for it, so he's like a little sponsorship right now that we're just going with a Tequila and so they dropped out album that we made out here in La that he's just like promoting, you know. I'm saying, yeah, there on commercial right, you're on a commercial to right. Yeah, yeah, they had a commercial they put on TV like at the half time of the NBA Games down a Christmas 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 the deal was just, you know, put an album out. You know, they've been promoting it well and, you know, just really just, you know, for the people that I mean besides me, like I already had met 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 guy like pushing teach for other people, you know, yeah, for sure. And what what upcoming songs or albums you have for this year? I got so I got my first EP coming out. It's going to be called over boy and I don't know what date yet. Hopefully. You know, I wanted I wanted to come out on Valentine's Day. So that's the day we're trying to get it to come out on. Okay, Ye, perfect marketing. thereat you and love boys more of you know, because people ask me about the title, like, you know, is it about love or is about heartbreak? And it's, you know, about neither. It's about, you know, Lover Boys, who I am, and it's just, you know, the lifestyle that I live. So sometimes just you know, when I'm up and down with, you know, women that out there that are my life. You know, sometimes things are going great with girls and sometimes, you know, the situation is where, you know, some people get mad about the way I live, you know. You know, you know, I just have sex with a lot of women and I'm very cool a lot of girls, and you know,...

...sometimes that becomes an issue, you know, but I got love for all of them. So, you know, it's it becomes a very smoky picture, you know. You know, when you'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 thousand and nineteen is to, you know, make a bigger step of my career career than then, two thousand and eighteen. So, you know, just keep moving up, you know, you know, everybody can say the cliche answer 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 saying that 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 hoops basketball? 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'RE gonna 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 that exactly. And what about what do you like to do in your free time when 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 I in my free time, when I'm not rapping, I would say usually I like to. I like to sit down and watch interviews all day. Okay, yeah, I literally do that a lot. Watch a lot of random interviews, all of random artists from random and genres and just just soak up different information. Only like only musicians or...

...everything else, everybody, like literally artist, like all people that paint. Okay, business people. This is corner. 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 watch the different people. You know, there's people that have been successful with business. You know. Yeah, actually watched a lot of his interviews. He's just a very smart guy, for sure. You gotta, you gotta check out the ones with a rod did with Barcelus. I never seen it here in the yeah, he did. He just did won't with Kobe. It's really good. Yeah, like Kobe. You know, Kobe doesn't really do interviews 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. I could 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 coming on 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? Everything on social media is Doopdo when Ziop and I guess really just instagram. Own got twitter and the stuff we got you. Well, thanks for coming up. Appreciate Your Bus.

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