IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?
UNITED ZOOT NATION: United Zoot Nation consist of three music artist. Lex Maynetana originally from New Orleans Louisiana.Trilly Yamilton comming from up in Nitta Yuma, Mississippi. Also Dedo born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
UNITED ZOOT NATION: The United Zoot nation started doing music together in 2006 while stationed in the United Kingdom at Lakenheath Airforce base. While we were all stationed together, our musical background consisted of multiple auditions and performances in the United States. This was mostly freestyling and writing songs for singles and mixtapes. While stationed in the United Kingdom the United zoot nation was formed by Bishop, Lex, and Dedo. During this time we decided to increase our music knowledge. We applied for classes together in song writing, musical production, and mixing. This allowed the group to write better songs and understand how music is made at an industry standard level. Before these lessons were learned we recorded using a laptop and microphone that cost no less than 50 United States dollars. This was used for mixtape projects and studio recording time with higher standard equipment was allocated towards singles. After learning about music production and mixing from 2006-2007 the United Zoot Nation went on to produce several mixtape projects. Furthermore to gain more experience and knowledge we went on to perform more open acts and musical performances. During 2006 the United Zoot Nation opened up for an artist known as Scarface in Wichita Falls, Texas. This allowed us to see what it was like to perform in front of a crowd for the first time. There after we went on to perform in London United Kingdomin, a Def Jam act in 2007, and shortly after doing a showcase in Philadelphia with Wise McGriff. This was all done while maintaining an obligation to defend our country in the United States military. From 2007-2012 we wanted to see how the international crowds overseas would react to their music. We produced a single called ‘’Swagg up’’ that made BBC major radio station in the United Kingdom 2007. Shortly after the positive feedback we went on to fund a short tour in the United Kingdom. The tour covered London, Suffolk, and Essex areas. Between the periods of 2012-2013 the united zoot nation decided to release music videos to 3 singles on YouTube. 1st music video was ‘’Fan’’ by TrillyYamilton gaining over 10k plus views in the course of 1 month. 2nd was ‘’ Hustle Hard’’ by Lexmaynetana gaining over 100k plus views in the course of one month. Finally there 3rd Anxiety by Trillyyamilton gaining 3k plus views in the course of 1 month. From 2014- 2015 we have decided to study more about the music industry, taking courses in business management and product placement strategies. This involves many aspects of music and self-development such as kaizen which means continuous improvement. We also understands that social media is also revolutionizing the music industry. Facebook, twitter and Instagram is where most people keep track of their favorite bands and experiences with their artist. This also allows the artist to keep track of trends and a multitude of behaviors.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
UNITED ZOOT NATION: Our songs are about what everyone feels. Touching on a majority of topics such as what is current in the world. We like to provide different types of sound to everyone because we understand that not everyone may like a certain song on an album. It is not about what United Zoot Nation likes. We are artist so we try to paint the perfect picture for people. For an example a member from United Zoot Nation would go to multiple night clubs and events. Whilst doing this we survey how people react to certain songs and what they like to listen to most. This can mean mixing hip hop with R&B or pop. Staying current in topics is most important and to what’s popular. Furthermore we have the capability to make songs about anything as any other artist can possibly. Another important factor we take into consideration is the topic or what a song is about is important. However there are many other factors such as how well you can perform or act out your musical art to make people feel involved and touch them emotionally. The tone in your music and how you say it while recording.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your favorite song to perform and why?
UNITED ZOOT NATION: Our favorite song to perform is called ‘’Venaqui’’ which means (come here) in Spanish. We have received a lot of great feedback since the first performance of this song. Both male and females can relate to this song. People who like the song would say it expresses what people would normally think but not say. This track has also been requested by local dj in the United Kingdom and played by Columbia Records. This track makes the hairs stand up on the back of people’s necks from the feedback that was received. However most importantly this song brings out the fun and dancing in the crowd when performed. Seeing people enjoy a good performer is always rewarding for the artist and the crowd. This song funny enough is said to make females hot. Even though this song is not one of our best songs recorded in our opinion. It is still our favorite in all honesty to perform for the people. As said previously we want to entertain the people and deliver the best music they like. We love all forms of music and making it is the best part. It’s like going in the kitchen and putting together a new recipe every time a project is being worked on. The united zoot nation would like to take performing to a different level and do things no one else has done before on stage. We are working hard towards the chance to prove it to the world we can entertain like no one else can.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What has surprised you the most in the pursuit of a music career?
UNITED ZOOT NATION: To be honest there are not many things that have surprised us in the pursuit of a music career. We understand that pursuing a music career there will be many obstacles. We also understands that the music industry indie and major is a business. However there is one thing that surprised us and that’s the love for armed forces in United States of America. While performing people respect someone they may know that has defended their country for them. We have received personal thanks from people for good nights and performances and service to the country. Other than that we expect the unexpected and welcome all challenges and work as a team.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
UNITED ZOOT NATION: We have been influenced by multiple genres of music such as.
N.W.A, Bone Thugs N Harmony, Three 6 Mafia, UGK, Scarface, Pimp C, C Murder, The Hotboys, Plies, 2 Pac, Notorious Big, 50 Cent, Jay Z, Digable Planets, Arrested Development, Naughty by Nature, Onyx, Das EFX, Chi Ali, Wu Tang, Tribe called Quest, Common, Big L, DMX, Nas
Jodeci, SWV, T.L.C, Joe, Toni Braxton, R. Kelly, Amy Winehouse, Zapp n Roger, Earth Wind and Fire, Trey Songs
Michael Jackson, the Beatles,
Chevelle, Creed, Stone Sour, God Smack, Disturbed, Linkin Park, Nickle Back, Korn, Pink Floyd, Queen, Three Doors Down
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
UNITED ZOOT NATION: Describing our music to people comes in different ways, one being professionally and the other in short form. We would describe our music using the 8 elements of music for each individual track. This includes explaining the music tempo which is the songs speed and rhythm. Also explaining the sub beats and background notes in the instrumental and why it was chosen for the song. Second is the dynamics that explain the tone of high or low pitch points in the song’s lyrics. Also, explaining why we went high or low during a certain part of the song. Furthermore there is the melody this usually fits the chorus of your song and goes with the lyrics. This sound is separate from background sounds or added intervals. Then there is harmony this backs up the melody and fits well as a background musical effect to add extra quality to a musical beat. Also taking into consideration the tone which I would explain why I didn’t use any other different sounds for the melody or harmony. For example if I used drums to make a beat and then used a flute to do the same rhythm and tone instead, it would explain why drums is more effective to use for that specific song. Finally I would explain the form and text of the song. This would include the lyrics used or what type of lyrical patterns could be used or why there used and how. The form would structure the song such as topics intro pockets and possible break downs in pattern.
In short we would describe its songs to people as being very educational and complex. Most of our songs are never about the same thing ranging from multiple topics. But can be relaxing to listen to with a rate of 9 out of 10 chance to be related to. Our songs bring out peoples inner most desires. We say things people normally think but won’t naturally say. We bring a new type of cool, grown, and sexy in our music. I could guarantee that our music is absolutely amazing I could be giving them a guaranteed piece of crap. I could stick my head up a bull a#$ to get a good look at a T-bone steak, but I would rather take the butchers word for it. This means not everything that’s guaranteed is always good. Also not everything that’s not guaranteed is always good. We are our music from our appearance to the songs on the album or single. Hard work and dedication to entertain the people and provide the best music and sound.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artist?
UNITED ZOOT NATION: We are different from other artist as a group by having each artist come from different locations in the world. This gives a unique sound with Lexmaynetana southern accent, TrillyYamilton northern accent, and dedo Midwest. United Zoot Nation also believes in the core values of integrity, service before self, and excellence in everything we do. This is something we all swore by no matter what service it may be. We are a group of professionals that have vast knowledge about the music industry. We believe that we perform and touch the crowd and get people involved beyond the average performer. Going the extra mile to make sure a show isn’t just good but beyond that making sure each one is better than the last. We also discuss our appearances, trends, and what people like. We educate or selves on any and every topic in the music world. We are good at working in teams and doing what’s best for a potential company and United Zoot Nation. Taking orders well is one of the main things that separate us from many artist. We do what we are told by our superior’s and we can meet deadlines. If it’s working for a company, military, or record label.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What would you like to see changed in today’s music industry?
UNITED ZOOT NATION: The only thing I would like to see change is ideas. A lot of artist I see performing and doing music videos I believe can do a lot better. With today’s technology there are so many different avenues that can be taken. We have a lot of ideas for this to bring entertainment to a whole new level.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
UNITED ZOOT NATION: Currently we are working on multiple singles and mixtape projects. Also interviews and music videos for a single called ‘’Venaqui’’. While working on that we are putting together a festival with dates to be decided for our promo. These are some of the sponsors and things we have in the works for the project.
– Radio Broadcasting – a United Zoot Nation during prime time entailing competitions and prize giveaways transmitting to approximately 340,000 listeners.
– Have committed to broadcasting the festival live on the day.
– Have offered to conduct live interviews with artists.
– Have offered to advertise the festival and acts featuring.
– Can enable Artist to speak with public over radio broadcasting.
– The Sainsbury’s Excel/Flagship store, located closely to the festival venue, will explore the display and distribution of merchandise, leading up to, including and post show day. This flagship store has pedestrian traffic of 90,000 per week, and has previously generated up to £1,000,000 of sales revenue, over a weekend.
– We will have every staff member at all Sainsbury’s stores, view visual media (via DVD) of Artist documenting/showing his support for the charities etc. – over 160,000 staff members.
– Also text/magazine articles to all Sainsbury’s staff members (reaching staff in England, Scotland and Wales).
– Potential to continue to promote Artist contributions from June until August, by having a presence within the flagship