As an up-and-coming artist, it is crucial that Baby Zé’s goals remain clear— and they always are. Baby Zé might only be laying the foundation for his career now, but he’s taking his craft up the ladder of the music world, aiming to make work that can crossover audiences while spreading love and leveling up in the process. The DC-raised talent is architecting his visions with utmost focus, and his transition into the music industry, beginning with his move to Atlanta in 2017 as a videographer and photographer, is the topic of focus on his latest single “Takeoff”. One West Magazine had a chance to speak with Baby Zé about his new song, transition into music, and long-term goals in the following interview. Check out our conversation below!
Where are you in your career now?
The beginning. Ground level. Building a foundation.
What is “Takeoff” about?
[It’s] a song conveying my takeoff into the industry, into this new season of actually pushing my music harder than I have before. “Takeoff” into a new and improved sound.
Where does your musical inspiration derive from?
My inspiration started with basic instrumentation on the drums and piano. I was in a concert band in high school and [played] some instruments in elementary school. These days, it’s just the music of today. My musical influences have ranged from Chris Brown, to Da Baby, to Meek Mill, to Beyonce— just to name a few.
What age and year were you really moved to be involved in music?
2017. 2017 was my first move to Atlanta. I actually ended up moving after being around in the studio everyday in my hometown… then everybody up and moved abruptly. So I made a decision to get in where I fit in and moved to Atlanta as everyone’s videographer and photographer, just to be around. I wasn’t an artist yet, but I knew that’s what I wanted to be. Nobody knew except me. I just knew I had to continue to be around other musical creatives in order to soak up knowledge and learn the craft.
How long have you been in the industry?
I started creating and learning music in 2018, but I don’t feel like I really entered the industry until just recently— maybe 2021. Everything before was just preparation.
What are your long term goals? In the next 5 years?
Ultimately, I’m interested in making music that can cross over audiences. I think that’s one of my long term goals, along with maybe starting a label and retaining as much musical control and ownership as possible in my career. [In the next 5 years, I want] to work my way up to be a B-list then A-list artist, [work with] multiple charities, [have] my own farm, sell out tours, earn awards, and get features.
When you are not in the studio and/or working, what are some things that you enjoy doing? What are your hobbies?
My life literally consists of working, [being in the] studio, roller skating, eating good, and riding dirt bikes. That’s all.
What advice do you have to youth who want to pursue a career in music?
Stay true to you and really work on getting in tune with yourself before you get into it, because it’s really easy for your peace to get disturbed or to lose yourself throughout this process.
Is there a motto or quote that you live by?
“Success occurs when preparation meets opportunity.” That’s major.
Stream Baby Zé’s latest single “Takeoff” on all streaming platforms, including Spotify and Youtube! You can reach Baby Zé and keep up with him and his work by following his Instagram @ItsBabyZe and Facebook, Baby Zé Music!