a chat with: WHO SHOT SCOTT

Going into a solo journey after leaving the Hip Hop duo Times x Two, Iraq-born, Aotearoa based rap artist Zaidoon Nasir AKA WHO SHOT SHOTT entered the music scene with nothing but heat and the motivation to get to the top. His latest release, LOVE WE'LL NEVER KNOW definitely shows the energy behind his brand. With his second solo EP coming out soon, we wanted to have a chat with him about his new sound, why he'll never reveal the meaning behind his name and his favourite THATS A FKN WRAP moment.

Hey Zee! How you doing?

Hey my bro! Doing good man, just enjoying an Iced Americano on my balcony at the moment, how about you?

Great to hear. Yea all good over here! Just getting through lockdown at the moment. What’s your lockdown looked like so far? Binging any new Netflix shows? Or making music?

Yeah I’ve been doing both to be honest! Been working on quite a bit of music, trying to explore new sonic territories and pushing myself to go deeper into the rabbit hole of expressing my soul as accurately as possible through music. Isolation always seems to bring out something awesome in my art, I think it’s because I’ve always enjoyed having time to myself.

And I’ve been binging Breaking Bad. Everyone I know has been hassling me to watch it for ages and I’ve always been too busy with work. Now I finally have some time and man, what a show that is.

That’s epic! I know it definitely challenges a lot of people so I’m looking forward to hearing what you’ve cook up! 
What’s the story behind WHO SHOT SCOTT?

I’ll never tell! This is easily the question I get asked the most. I find it more interesting to leave it up to interpretation and to hear people’s different theories on what the origin of the name is. One common misconception is that I myself am ‘SCOTT’ which is false. Everyone who knows me calls me ‘Zee’. I’ll give you that much, whatever you choose to do with that information is up to you!

You’ve been experimenting with some pretty unheard of styles of music at the moment! Can you tell us a bit about your new sound you’re creating?

For me, everything I create has to be an accurate, fearless expression of my inner-soul and taste level. I wouldn’t say that I’ve ever set out to create a specific kind of ‘sound’ - I think that I am generally just an experimental kind of person, which is reflected in my art. I’m also a big advocate of creative exploration, so you’ll never hear me do the same thing twice, my creativity is always evolving.

Love that. Definitely a good way to be!

You’ve been producing music for other artists quite a bit - can you tell me a bit about your journey from producer to artist?

Absolutely! I think I’ve always just loved the process of crafting music, regardless if it has been for myself or someone else. I was in hiatus for about 18 months before I began releasing my solo stuff, and in that time I was extremely blessed to have produced for some incredibly talented acts. There’s so much I’ve learned while producing for artists from all different genres of music, I’ve definitely brought a lot of those lessons into my solo venture.

What’s the biggest challenge you’ve had to face in your music career?

Great question man! Definitely without a doubt the break-up of my previous music group which I was in for 5 years and which I had poured a lot of my energy into. The split itself wasn’t the difficult part - it was the following year, which I spent without a sense of purpose, and hanging around the wrong people. At that time I was trying to write on my own, and I just wasn’t feeling it. I eventually realised that before I could get my music right, I had to get my life right. A couple of break ups and cut-offs later, I was liberated and finally figured out that I could never continue the journey we started with my old music group alone, but that, that itself is the biggest blessing to me. I had to stand on my own two, and I began creating the best music of my life.

What was it like going from a duo group to a solo artist? Positives/negatives

It’s all positives man! I’m finally able to create at the level I’ve always dreamed of without compromise. Not saying that groups aren’t good, they definitely have their own benefits - but for an artist such as myself, I truly need to be alone and explore my own thoughts to execute at a high level. It just suits me better.

Who’s your biggest inspiration creatively right now?

One of my biggest musical inspirations is Rick Rubin - I have definitely adopted his mantra of producing from a place of creative philosophies as opposed to literal music theory or a more technical approach. I’m currently also super inspired by Virgil Abloh and how he uses branding and storytelling within his medium, I’ve brought a lot of those ideologies into my own projects.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

In 5 years, I simply hope that I’ll continue to be surrounded by people I love and that my life will be full of fulfilment from my creative ventures. I’m always looking to move forward, and by that time I will have hopefully made a name for myself within the music world and will also be able to explore more artistic fields such as film and fashion.

To wrap this up…tell me about one of your favourite “THATS A FKN WRAP” moments?

Too many to count! But one that certainly springs to mind is June this year. Within a three week timeframe, I had to finish production, mixing, mastering, and the music videos for my upcoming EP ‘MERCY II’. It was a hectic few weeks but also extremely fun and gratifying once everything got to the finish line. I’m extremely grateful and proud of the team around me, and if I do say so, myself for pulling off something really awesome that I can’t wait to share with the world!

You should be super proud of that! What a turnaround. That’s a fkn wrap Zee! Thanks for taking the time to chat with us today. We look forward to seeing what’s next from you! Is there anything you can tell us about what’s coming up?
Thanks for having me brother, I really appreciate you taking the time!

‘MERCY II’ on the way!


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