Interview With Rap Artist ‘Doll-Z’

Tell us a little about yourself?

Hey! I hope you are doing well and it’s pretty good weather out here. My name is Sonal Joshi stage name (Doll-Z that soon changes to Alpha). I come from India and I like to work for change on a daily basis through whatever I do hence I do that through my music as well. I don’t believe in tomorrow whatever we have is today.

How did you come up with your artist name? 

Doll-Z came up because I use to love dolls a lot and Z is an alter ego. But recently I have realised that Alpha is a perfect name for me as it describes my personality pretty well. I came up with the name Alpha on the basis of my behaviour and nature.

How long have you been in the music industry? 

It’s been sometime but professionally as a full time rapper it’s been 2 years.

How did you get started in the music business in the first place? 

I always knew I wanted to do music and so one good day I decided to quit my job and get on this adventure for real because I wanted to tell my story. Including this Watching Eminem on internet has been a real motivation. A huge amount of credit for me being a rapper goes to his existence on earth.

How would you describe your latest single? 

My latest single is Red man 80 barz challenge. It’s a piece of art to describe my feelings towards rappers who make no sense and have nothing to say through their music. Plus it showcases of my skills and how I rap .

When can fans expect the visuals for the single?

Fans can expect an HD music video going further.

Who are your inspirations in the music industry?

Eminem, Tupac, Dr. Dre, Eazy E, Wu tang. Mostly I go for old school rappers. Considering nee school content I like Hopsin , Dax and G -Eazy.

How do you go about writing a song and what is your process?  

There is no such specific process that I can really talk about.

What is the concept behind your forthcoming project if  working on one? 

The concept would be mostly my story. 

Any plans on touring to promote your latest single?

Yes I have plans. Let’s see how things turn out and how much I can afford.

What did you buy with your first check off music?

I haven’t had any cheques as of now because I was not focusing on the monetisation side of it. But I have had opportunities that would provide me the same . Hence I haven’t bought anything until I recently got hitched with a side hustle. And I bought some clothes that I needed for my videos. Only requirements (basic) but that doesn’t mean I am not materialistic in-fact I am very materialistic sometimes but it’s an “on and off relationship”.

What are must haves when your in the studio working?

A Good mic, Sound proofing panels, some basic led lights , sound absorbers so that I can trip lol. And Obviously A good audio Interface, monitor speakers, books and a bean bag! A chair and a table and a huge notice board. Green Tea if possible because I am planning to switch from tea to green tea. And DRUMS cuz I never played them but I know I am good at it. 

Posters according to my mood and some Vincent Van Gogh paintings . Some Eminem posters is a necessity because that is the only Person that I talk to when I am alone 😀

When I am writing I need to be alone so I think my space is a thing i would definitely need.

What is the best piece of advice in this business you actually followed?

I followed my heart and I think that’s hard and I am grateful that I have the courage to do that.

Will you be collaborating with any other artists in the future?

Yes I would love to as long as they match my vibe in terms of what kind of value they bring to the table through music. 

Sometimes I might get sold at style as well but those are rare moments.

What artist have you had the pleasure of working with and what was it like?

I worked with a producer Elephony and It was a good experience in terms of work Ethic.

Name an artist(s) that you would love to work with?  

I would love to work with Dr Dre (for production) , Eminem (collab) and DA got that dope , Dj khalid and Cardi B.

Do you think your music is mostly enjoyed more for the beats or for the lyrical flow and content?

For lyrical flow and content. But I believe that a good music variation obviously adds up to create a whole “head room “ inside your brain. You know what i mean?

What area do you need to improve on in regards to your career? (Example: Better production, Delivery, Stage presence, etc…)

Production is one thing. And all other things gets better with practise so work is always required.

What’s your all-time favourite song? 

Spacebound: Eminem

Kings Never Die: Eminem

Deep waters : Dr Dre, Bitch please

Beautiful, River, I am Marshall Mathers, Legacy, Darkness, Lose yourself , Suck my d***.

Me myself and I : G Eazy

Famous: G Eazy 

There are many more from Tupac , Some from Rakim.  And many more. 

What was the last album you listened to?

“Murs for President”

Your favourite artist of all time and why?

Eminem, Because I could find a hell lot of resonance! I would not say flow vocabulary or because he is a GOAT. Resonance is the correct word to go for! Plus his brain. 

Whose your favourite five artists right now? 

It’s hard for me to make someone a favourite to be honest but I am trying to explore more artists their story and stuff! I came across ”blind fury” some of the tracks are good! 

In your opinion who is the most influential and successful artist  in your genre today and why?

Eminem is the one because it’s hard to be a story teller and to bring that drama in through verbal choirs . Moreover to make your own self as a SUBJECT is definitely a hard thing to do. Coming out as a successful-rapper in this genre requires guts honesty  and a hell lot of strength of character.

Who have been some of your favourite artists that you’ve been able to work with? 

I think I have mostly worked on Free for profit beats. And i loved working with all of the artists Elephony is good with knowledge. Recently “Trabbey Beats” has recently got my attention on Spotify for Beats.

How do you feel about the current state of music? 

I feel really sad at current state of story telling. Nobody wants to be an original everybody wants to imitate.

I mean not to offend someone obviously every artist try to do their best but being yourself is all together a different ballgame. It’s a necessity to BE YOU TO RAP.

Any dream award shows you hope to one day play at?

Grammy! Including all the things I am worthy of MTV etc etc.

What is your main goal as far as music?

My main goal is to make an impact on billions  of people around the globe. And tell them my story . 

To provide value , to bring change and for that I have to become the change.

Who would you say your music relates to the most?

I won’t say it relates to everybody but it does relate to people who have seen shitty things in life . Or people who have been through times like I said in one of my recent free verses  

”never gave up on myself once i gave up on my life I didn’t die that means the f*** I’ll survive “

What separates you from other artists? (What’s makes you different?)

My potential, One huge USP is my story! 

When your not in the studio, What do you like to do for fun and relaxation?

Idk I like to stay in but I like to go for some adventure activities and I like to visit places where I can learn example : historical places and anything i mean idk can be a movie as well depends on my mood. Or maybe I’ll just sit by myself at the terrace (mostly I end up doing this).

If you could work with any producer who would it be?

Dr Dre, Da got that Dope, Dj Khalid .

What’s the biggest highlight of your career thus far?

The biggest highlight of my career is the fact that how my skills have evolved and how I have evolved as a person. I get to hear from people they vibe with my music and I get to talk to a lot of amazing people. Redman liked my Redman challenge I think that’s also a good thing to mention. 

What is your dream venue to perform at?

Empire State Building!

What’s the name of the last book you read and by whom?

I am reading “Elon Musk”.

What’s your favourite sports team and why?

I am not into watching sports but I like “guys playing basketball “ 

I like Geeks.  Any genre so I’ll end up participating in the act of watching.

Whose your favourite actor or actress and their best movie?

Keanu reeves “Matrix” and “John wick”, The proposal: Ryan Reynolds, Mr and Mrs smith: Angelina Jolie, Shutter Island , Titanic: Leonardo Di Caprio, Jim carrey.

I like Batman, Joker , Suicide Squad , Avengers, James Bond , Scarface. I like Margot Robbie. And Kristen Stewart for Charlies Angels. I think i also like 50 shades of grey only for how the character Grey is made! 

Name someone famous who inspires you and why?

Eminem , Elon Musk, Gary Vee, Mel Robbins.

What can we expect from you in the future?

You can expect more music! 

Where can the fans check out for your music?

Apple music and many more platforms where Distrokid is distributing.

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