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Houston, TX | Established. Jan 01, 2005 | SELF

Houston, TX | SELF
Established on Jan, 2005
Solo Hip Hop Pop


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Zay @ SXSW Coast 2 Coast

Austin, Texas, United States

Austin, Texas, United States



"Zay Vasquez Doing It Right"

Zay Vasquez, born Jose Vasquez, has been doing music for about 19 years now. He currently lives in Houston,TX, but is originally from Lubbock,TX. A family business, music was introduced to him at an early age, with Zay growing up around music. Zay knew from the first time hearing his Grandfather playing his multiple guitars and singing songs, that he wanted to do the same. He took time to learning to play the trumpet,and piano, then moving on to learn how to record on a BR-1600,1200 and 900 series. He moved to digital recording using Pro Tools, working his way around a studio.

He put out his first track called “Get It Right ft R2 of Free Flo Ent.” on the Coast 2 Coast Mixtape Vol.9 hosted by Stat Quo from Shady Records in 2007. Not stoping there, he released a collaborative mixtape called The Product at the end of 2008. His latest album The Rerock vol.1 was released at the end of 2012 with his singles “Swagg to tha 9’s, and “Dazed ft. BeemMeUpScotty”. While in the midst of recording his last album he worked harder than ever before, doing live performances at venues presented by T-Lady of Grinding bulliez and Tessa Allen of Boss Hall Ent. for the full year of 2011 and some of 2012 to get his brand known and people talking. Now he is working on a new album and preparing for his next move as a underground independent artist.

Follow Zay online at Listen to more of his music on SoundCloud at - RudeBoy Life Style

"Zay Vasquez Embraces His Move To Houston And It’s Music Scene"

Zay Vasquez Embraces His Move To Houston And It’s Music Scene

“Originally I’m from Lubbock, a small city in west Texas. Educationally it’s a great city, but musically there wasn’t much to offer which is why I moved to Houston for more opportunities. Houston’s underground artists and fans are somewhat of a subculture here which is cool.”

Check out the interview with Zay Vasquez exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Zay Vasquez: Music is a family thing, so honestly it’s all I’ve known from the beginning. Growing up I remember watching my grandpa, uncles, and aunts play together in the backyard on the weekends. My cousins and I had lip syncing battles while my family members played the songs for us. I began taking all of this seriously when I was about 16. I started off writing poetry, then I ventured off into songwriting and have yet to look back.

The entertainment business for me has been a roller coaster. Most of my issues have been having to start all over a few times because life hit me too hard for one reason or another. I would have to set music aside and focus on myself before I could start my music back up again. I’ve always held up to my responsibilities, so it’s always left an open door for me to go back.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
The biggest piece of advice that I have is to believe and invest in yourself because people will take you more seriously when you do. Also, try not to keep “yes men” all around you – meaning people that are quick to tell you it sounds good just to get you out of their face or just be around you.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
One of the hardest things is being my own worst critic and over critiquing my work. Another thing is it’s hard to stay current with certain issues in your music due to technology advancing so quickly even though the information is at your fingertips; there’s still so much going on all the time.

We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Facebook is a great tool for promotion and placement where you need it if you’re doing it correctly. They have online classes or you could hire a marketing team which can be expensive. Soundcloud is another great way to be heard and pick up a following as well as promoting your music.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
Originally I’m from Lubbock, a small city in west Texas. Educationally it’s a great city, but musically there wasn’t much to offer which is why I moved to Houston for more opportunities. Houston’s underground artists and fans are somewhat of a subculture here which is cool.

It was a great experience to be a part of the tours with T-Lady of The Grinding Bulliez and Tessa Allen of Boss Hall Ent. The fans here are amazing and very receptive to the vast majority styles of music. However, there is a lot of undiscovered talent here.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I see myself furthered in my career while still honing my craft because it’s a never ending process of learning. Also, picking up a few new skills along the way.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My grandfather was my biggest inspiration to do music and still is. I’m helping to continue his legacy of music that passes from generation to generation. I don’t have anyone that I look up to in particular, but I do admire a couple people’s strategies in their road to success.

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
There’s a few artists that are putting out good music. As for other artists, there seems to be an epidemic of music with no substance. The message they’re giving is rubbish and gives no direction. I like the production more than I like the lyrics. I’m not speaking to everybody, but if the shoe fits wear it.

Where can we contact you and find you online?
Facebook: getdoeent
Soundcloud: get-doe247
Booking: - Skilly UK


Still working on that hot first release.



Birth-name is Jose Vasquez, but is known as Zay. Born in Lubbock, TX; is where he fell in love with music. From watching his grandfather play the guitar as a child, to playing trumpet in middle school; Zay has progressed musically over the years to writing, recording, and producing his own music. Hip hop to be exact, with a little bit of R&B and Pop. 
In 2007, Zay released a song, 'Get It Right Ft.r2' which was featured on 'Coast to Coast mixtape Vol 9', hosted by Stat Quo of Shady AfterMath. Zay then released two other mixtapes after that. The first was 'The Product', which was released in 2008. After moving to Houston, TX in 2009, he began meeting new people who shared his musical talent and he released 'Tha ReRock' in 2011 but only 1,000 copies of those were made. Over the next few years, Zay never lost focus on his music, whether it was performing his own music, sitting at home writing and recording, or recording others; he was always working.
Currently, Zay is working on a LP and a compilation CD. He will Be passing out The Exclusive SXSW CD at his show in Austin this coming March. But once all of that is over, it will be back to the grind, all day, every day. There is a reason why his production company is called Get Doe 24/7.

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