MUZ is a self-taught DJ and producer who has never received formal training in music production. Despite his parents’ opposition to his desire to become a musician, he persisted in following his dream.
MUZ produces excellent dance tunes and some very dope hip-hop tracks because he gets a lot of inspiration from listening to hip-hop legends, who have a traditional Indian heritage. .
MUZ is back with another upbeat sonic experience, this time a melodious heavy-hitting track with driving bass and flute melodies.
The remix of Maddy O’ Neal and LINKS’s Evergreen received support from Ultra Worldwide, and this is the first of a slew of new dance-floor-focused releases..
In a recent interview with Mister Styx of musicarenagh, Muz gave a detailed account of his musical career and how he grew up in a home without a musical background.
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What is your stage name?
Is there a story behind your stage name?
Well, my real name is Muzammil. I wanted to go with a stage name that would let me stay true to myself, so I used part of the name I was given at birth.
Where do you find inspiration?
Personally, I find inspiration from being out in nature and going to visit beautiful places. I live in North Carolina, so Grandfather Mountain and the Blue Ridge Parkway are just a couple of places where I spend a lot of time. I also get inspired by listening to music outside of the genre that I produce the most (house music), so I often find myself vibing in my car or studio to artists like Charlesthefirst (RIP) and J. Cole.
What was the role of music in the early years of your life?
Music always played a huge role in my life in my early years. I would basically listen and look for new songs as an escape if I was feeling depressed.
Are you from a music or artistic family?
No; the complete opposite actually. My parents also never really supported the idea of me being a musician or a DJ.
Who inspired you to be a part of the music industry?
I was most inspired by listening to artists like 50 Cent, TI, Nas, The Game, Kanye, Tiesto, Paul van Dyk, and David Guetta while I was a young kid in middle school. If you couldn’t already tell, hip-hop and house music are probably my two favorite genres of all time. I also have a ton of really musically-talented friends that have their own projects and are doing amazing things, so they all really inspire me too.
What was the first concert you ever went to, and who did you see perform?
Back in the day (and still today kinda) I really loved listening to metal / emo / rock music. The first concert or show of any kind that I ever went to was Vans Warped Tour in the late 2000’s while I was in my first few years of high school. I saw a ton of bands perform that I had really wanted to see, such as Dance Gavin Dance, ISMFOF, A Day to Remember, Bring Me The Horizon, and more.
How did you learn how to sing/write/play?
I’m all self-taught and never have really had any formal lessons. The first instrument I ever picked up was the flute, and eventually as I got into listening to hip-hop and dance music, I ended up teaching myself how to produce using FL Studio. The quest for knowledge never really stops though, and I’m still learning something new every day.
How would you describe your music?
I would describe my music as melodic, ethereal and energy-driven.
Describe your creative process.
I usually start out by listening to songs in the genre I’m trying to produce as a reference. Afterwards, I’ll try and lay out a drum beat. Then, I’ll mess around in Splice and look for sounds that align with my style (airy, trippy, wavy and deep sounds as an example). From there, I’ll usually mess around on one of the synths in my studio or lay down some keys on a midi controller to get a base layer going.
What is your main inspiration?
I’m mostly inspired by wanting to provide a better life for my entire family through music. I’m also heavily inspired by seeing how much fun everyone is having while I’m DJ’ing, because it literally makes me want to get back in the studio and keep making more songs for the dance floor.
What musician do you admire the most and why?
For me that would have to be a tie between Kendrick Lamar and Avicii (RIP). Both of them are artists whose art has made a huge impact on my life, and I can only aspire to make music that does the same for others.
Did your style evolve since the beginning of your career?
I would say that my style and sound has become more refined as I’ve learned more about the industry and how to produce and DJ better after playing a ton of gigs.
Who do you see as your main competitor?
I don’t see anybody as my competition and would rather help out other musicians where I can. I don’t think anyone else has the same exact style and personality as me, so I don’t feel the need to think about other people being competitors.
What are your interests outside of music?
I absolutely love gaming, and am currently spending way more time than I want to on my brand new Steam Deck. I also love customizing my Toyota FJ Cruiser, so I’m really into off-road parts and other aftermarket parts as well.
If it wasn’t a music career, what would you be doing?
I’m also an Agile project manager at a software company, so I have the luxury of working out of my production studio. I would probably be doing something in gaming or technology.
What is the biggest problem you have encountered in the journey of music?
Sometimes life hits you hard and you have to deal with financial setbacks or other curveballs that might come your way. 2 years ago, I was in a job that I hated that never really gave me much time to work on music. I was always in the office and never even got time to see my family.
I decided to quit without another job lined up and started taking my production seriously. Now, I’m already doing way better with music than I ever was at the job that I hated, and I’ve never looked back. Before this, I dealt with other crazy hardships, but those are stories for another time.
If you could change one thing in the music industry, what would it be?
I believe that there should be way more resources for underprivileged producers. Hopefully someday I’ll be able to change this.
What are your plans for the coming months?
I actually have another release coming on August 26th via Day Dose of House Records. I also have a pretty big remix coming that I finished for one of my favorite artists, so stay tuned for details on my Instagram (@muzofficialmusic).
Do you have any artistic collaboration plans?
Not currently, but I did just release a 4-track collab hip-hop EP in June with my good friend Tracy Lamont. It’s called Roses Over Rice, and our track HIBACHI has already gotten a ton of positive feedback.
What message would you like to give to your fans?
Be kind to one another, and if you’re able to, help others as much as you can. If you’re passionate about something, don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can’t live your life the way that you want to.