'Zel
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'Zel

East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2015

East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, United States
Established on Jan, 2015
Solo Hip Hop Neo Soul

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Innovative, thought-provoking and nostalgic, 'Zel, born as Denzel Rodriguez, an up and coming artist, emerges with compelling sounds deriving from the '70s, '80s and '90s. 'Zel was born in Bronx, New York on August 22, 1994, to his two loving parents, Daniel and Laura Rodriguez. As a child, 'Zel was surrounded by music and the musically talented. Waking up to the smooth sounds of The Whispers "And The Beat Goes On" and Mary Jane "All Night Long", from his parents vast collection of Vinyl records or his siblings' musical talents. Although for 'Zel, there was no one true defining moment that caused his infatuation with music, he memorably fell in love with music when he heard Michael Jackson's "Butterflies".

By the fifth grade 'Zel was in his school's band, playing the trombone. He however took for granted the experience he would gain from being an infamous "band geek". Through band, 'Zel learned the fundamentals of instruments and music notes and built his foundation in music. Through his band instructor, he gained discipline, an understanding of the emotion in music and the ability to manage and compose sound to its finest details. All of which aided 'Zel in his venture into music production.

In 2010, during 'Zel's junior year in highschool, heavily inpsired by Ryan Leslie and the Neptunes, 'Zel began teaching himself to play the piano. Using a 88-key Yamaha DGX505 piano, (originally intended for his older sibling), he began to dabble in the composition of his own original beats through first, recreating the beats of others. 'Zel would recreate the beats of various artists' songs, such as Drake "Over", by simply listening to the song being played and reiterating it in the comfort of his home. Through this expression, 'Zel discovered his knack for word play, rhythm and groove.

Now, looking to influence the masses with his sound and words, 'Zel is looking to take his music mainstream as an up and coming artist, music producer and musician.

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