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Life & Work with QZR Dobson

Today we’d like to introduce you to QZR Dobson.

Hi QZR, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I started rapping at 17 because that’s what my best friend was into. He started to introduce me to other people in my high school that were into making music. I would come home from school after football practice and write for fun. I always thought I would become a football player, but as the years went by making music would become something that would keep me grounded, something that I loved. I never used to tell people I made music because being a rapper had a negative notion. When I went to college, though, I became more confident in showing people the craft I was working on. It took me a few years then to drop my first EP through a distribution site, and I haven’t looked back since. I’m now one of the Co-creators of Quazar which is a collective of artists that are in my circle. That’s what QZR in QZR Dobson stands for. 

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Far from it, one of the main problems for me was confidence. I was never the person with a big head, and I would say I’m humble to a fault at times. It’s crazy because I try my best not to let others put me down but I end up doing it myself. I’m my own worst critic, and that prevents a lot of my music from getting put out. Another thing is balancing my life. I still have a full-time job and that’s my main source of income. It was hard trying to make time for not only creating music but also promoting my music. So, I have to make sure I’m on all my socials constantly staying active in order to keep people engaged.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
The main thing I do is create music. I try to emphasize who I am in every song. I’ve never been an outgoing person, so I use my music as an opportunity to show the world who I am. I’m still trying to get more people to see me as an artist rather than people being like, “oh, you rap!?!” I’m most proud of recently becoming the 517-spotlight artist of the month for 96.5. It felt nice to win a music competition, and it only gives me more of the drive to keep going. 

Are there any apps, books, podcasts, blogs, or other resources you think our readers should check out?
I love podcasts on Spotify. I listen to a few of them. I enjoy ones that are more abstract and out there. They keep my mind on its toes. I listen to The Tin Foil Hat, JRE, Off the Record, and The Fighter and The Kid just to name a few 

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