In our exclusive interview with Jeziah, the enigmatic artist behind the captivating new album ‘Masked Up,’ we delve into the creative process and inspirations that shaped this musical journey. From the influence of Miles Morales and the dynamic city of New York to the personal stories embedded in each track, Jeziah opens up about his evolving artistry and the exciting future that awaits fans. With upcoming projects and collaborations on the horizon, the world can expect Jeziah Duckett to continue making waves in the music scene.
Can you tell us about the creative process behind your new album ‘Masked Up’? What inspired the themes and sound of the album?
The creative process of Masked Up involved telling a story of taking a stone face off made by medusa which I display mainly in the song ‘Skeleton’ and “M.I.A”. So I was trying to set moods through the album with the first being a sad but lyrical filled while the middle was more vibey and focused on the topic of love. While the end was disappearing in a tight/ knitty-gritty mood. What really inspired me besides cinema was just life. During the moment and not even sure if the feeling is gone. But I felt really… dependent on a girls love while feeling like I’m being hidden away from my true life because of just life.
“Masked Up” seems to draw inspiration from the idea of living multiple lives. How did this concept come to you, and how did it influence your songwriting?
The concept came from Miles Morales as I’ve watched Across the Spider Verse a total of 15 times I think. Yeah… I felt really relating to him so I kept trying to see how to draw out me and him as a person through lyrics. What honestly influenced my songwriting was the artist I was listening to a lot during the different processes of the album. It took me about… 4 months to fully work on that album. Which is REALLY short. And I know with more time I could’ve made something better even though I love the product but like during the first 2 months of the album I was listening to a lot of Nas, Kendrick, and some Kanye while during the final moments of the album it turned more into Travis Scott and Don Toliver.
You mentioned that “Spiderman Across the Spider-Verse” played a role in inspiring this album. Could you elaborate on how the movie influenced your work?
It played a lot. First the soundtrack of Metro’s was phenomenal to the point I’m still listening. It’s more than just the music. This includes instrumentation. That as well as the ideology the movie holds of him pursuing a girl but the whole thing that he has to hide his identity from those who he loves. It’s just perfect screen quality that I want to display the feeling of Miles like in a music.
Your debut single ‘Made 4 U’ was dedicated to your family of supporters. How important is your connection with your fans in shaping your music?
Without fans there wouldn’t be any music. I make music for what I want to hear and express, however it is most important to me that my expression and story is told so fans and supporters give me the floor to express myself. I also love the ideology of inspiration as I was inspired by many artist giving me chills and stuff so that’s what I wanna do as well.
How has your upbringing in Queens, New York, influenced your music and your identity as an artist?
It has influenced me the most as New York is kinda why I’m here. This place has raised Hip Hop to the powerhouse it is today. New York raised up Nas and Rocky to inspire me and many artists alike of course but New York shaped the sound and style. If you are from New York you gotta be trying for that best dressed title feel me. I’m getting there… Just not rich enough yet.
‘Welcome Me NYC’ and ‘Masked Up’ represent different stages of your career. How do you feel your music has evolved since your debut EP?
It was 3 months apart yet completely different creative processes. My EP was more of setting my foot up. I wanted to create a stage for myself. Well I’m still not even grandly known in my album. It is far from an introduction and more of my story. The EP was more of establishing my goals and my love for music. Masked Up was a story to establish my musical tone.
You mentioned a motto of “getting people motivated to change the world.” How do you hope your music accomplishes this goal?
As cliché as it sounds I wanna do it by spreading changing sounds, changing tones, and meanings. When I get deeper into my career I’ma formulate a new sound that I’ma call Rap in a cinema. I will not go further than that but yeah also a variety of subjects. I have many ideas… Many Many ideas that I know will get me to the top but it’s a matter of time.
What were some of the challenges you faced during the recording process of ‘Masked Up,’ especially considering it was done exclusively in your home studio?
Man… Many… Mixing was a damn issue and me being the one to go back and forth. A lot of the time either someone could be playing loud music outside etc man it was a hassle. I would stay up until like 4 AM just writing songs so I can record em in the morning and avoid all the daytime noise. For my EP I used a friend’s beautiful studio. JML Studio. For future projects I will be going back there so I’ll see y’all in there soon.
Are there any particular tracks on the album that hold a special meaning for you, and if so, why?
Sakura being my most… personal since it was written for my girlfriend to be honest but we ain’t gonna go too much into that. I think the lyrics speak for itself. But also tracks like Night Owl since I was speaking in a present tense in a moment I couldn’t sleep. I just expressed my actual thoughts… Yesterday was also dedicated to my women but I mean mainly I guess all my music holds meaning to me simply because I know the emotion I performed them out of. ‘Where’d It Come From’, ‘Sold Soul’, ‘Skeleton’. There’s too much to include get me.
As you continue to grow as an artist, what can fans expect from Jeziah Duckett in the future? Any upcoming projects or collaborations you can share with us?
FANS… Yall can expect the world to explode. Jeziah me… will have a 2024. On my birthday October 10th. I will be dropping a deluxe / compilation album named ‘UnMasked’ and that will be the end of the Masked Up era. I may have a global superstar on that project who knows. Still doing my finishing touches. But I will drop once more in December and that’s all I can directly speak on right now. I will say I am in the process of a creative group right now. So yall gotta stay in tune. There will be more collabs with JML, Linnsy, M4R1. Just be in tune. Jeziah Out
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