Chances are if you live in the Detroit area, you’ve heard the name KPZ. For those who haven’t, KPZ is the owner of Last Laugh Records, a member of Four Unique Mindz, and alongside UGA, are the masterminds behind the annual Friday the 13th Camp Crystal Lake Blood Bath showcase. Lucky for us, KPZ took some time out of his busy schedule to let us know how it all started and where he plans to go from here.
Hear It Nation – When did you start in music—and what or who were your early influences?
KPZ – I started making music in 1996 with my brother and my cousin. At that time, I had an “unofficial” stamp as Home Team Music. My influences were hip-hop roots pioneers such as Gangstarr, Beastie Boys, and Eric B & Rakim, yet coupled with the sounds of Jane’s Addiction, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and Al Green. Always had a fond respect for music with meaning.
Hear It Nation – What mood are you in when you write your lyrics?
KPZ – When I write, I like the beat to carry me. Usually the vibe of the instrumental is what sets my mood. Mistakes during performances are handled in 2 phases. Phase one, DO NOT STOP, just keep going and make the mistake be forgotten. If you can recover without faltering, usually you are the only one who notices. Phase 2 is to rehearse more and make sure it doesn’t present that opportunity again.
Hear It Nation – What made you want to start Last Laugh Records?
KPZ – I starting Last Laugh Records, with my cousin and we didn’t want to go thru networks that were seemingly money hungry entities that did nothing to assist the musician or the consumer. Therefore, we wanted to craft our own defined sound and control how the final product was marketed. I started the label with an expectation and passion for music that meant something. Whether it’s a party, a long day at work, a relationship in failure, or being happy about accomplishment, I felt that needed to be put into music form for those who could relate.
Hear It Nation – How Do You Handle Mistakes During a Performance?
KPZ – Mistakes during performances are handled in 2 phases. Phase one, DO NOT STOP, just keep going and make the mistake be forgotten. If you can recover without faltering, usually you are the only one who notices. Phase 2 is to rehearse more and make sure it doesn’t present that opportunity again.
Hear It Nation – How did you find the Artist that you now have on your lable?
KPZ – Artists currently on my label are all people I have worked with throughout the years. Dope Da Vinci and I met thru live events at TNT (now demolished and turned into a Tim Hortons) and he recorded a few songs with a former artists before becoming a member of the 4UM. Since then, with the collapse of MoThugs Detroit (his former label) it only seemed right to officially make this home. Gutta Grimm has been affiliated with me for years on collaborations, shows, and mutual acquaintances. He too joined my label thru the erecting of The 4UM, and we are glad to have him on board. KU5H is a lyricist I have been interested in for years. Formerly of Syndicate, he used to go by HalfLife and his lyrics have always been passionate and thought provoking. Him and I say down last year and had a mutual want to work together. All we had to do was make it official…and we did.
Hear It Nation – What do you look for in a Artist before you let them become apart of last laugh records?
KPZ – I look for dedication, reliability, consistency, and originality. A lot of people speak on “what they can do” or “what they have done”, yet bare no proof for their claims. I prefer to see it to believe it. Sometimes thy haven’t done anything. In that instance, I open a door and let then know it’s open. Then I proceed by seeing how well and how much they utilize that door. People usually will show where their heart is at if you don’t push on them.
Hear It Nation – What personal advice would you give to someone wanting to pursue this career
KPZ – ALWAYS GO FOR QUALITY OVER QUANTITY. DON’T LOSE FAITH BECAUSE YOU SOUND DIFFERENT, IN THE LONG RUN THAT MAKES YOU STAND APART FROM THE REST. AND LASTLY, PUBLISH EVERYTHING YOU DO AND FOLLOW THE PROPER LEGAL CHANNELS ON ALL YOU CREATE…don’t just make music…MAKE MUSIC THAT’S YOURS!!!
Thanks for the time and the support. #KPZ #LLR #4UM
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