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Photography by James Stringer.
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Raiza Biza returns to Dunedin on the Thursday 19th of September to play at Refuel Bar with an impressive group of artists including The DPTRCLUB, Jay Knight, HIGH HØØPS and Deux Enfants. We had the opportunity to ask this inspiring man a few questions in the lead up to his second show in Dunedin.
- How have you found it starting out in NZ, what's been difficult?
It took a while for me to find my place in the scene and too zone in on my audience. I found it difficult to connect with the right people when I was starting out. But the NZ scene is so small that once you start linking up with a few people, a lot of doors and opportunities open up. The beginning is never easy, but persistence was the key for me.
- You talked about 2pac being an inspiration when you were growing up because of his emotion attached to his words and performances, who inspires you now?
These days, I'm inspired by the likes of Nas, The Roots, Outkast. But really I listen to so many different artists and genres that it comes from all directions. Local hip hop is thriving at the moment so that keeps me on my toes, there are artists emerging from all over the world who don't follow traditional methods who are making great music, so there’s a lot of inspiration floating around.
- Where do you look for inspiration for your writing?
My writing is inspired by my experiences, And that includes stories I have heard from friends, things I've seen and places that I've been. Fortunately, through my music, I get to travel, so I am always finding new things to write about. The more I go through, the easier it is for me to write music.
- How did you find the vibe in Dunedin and its people?
I love the vibe in Dunedin. I dig that such a small place has such a high population of young people. It makes for a good party. Dunedin people are really chill, but they know how to turn it up when necessary. Def one of the highlights of my year.
- If you were to give any words of advice to new up incomers what would it be?
My best advice would be, master your art. Be the best at what you do. And then work on getting the right people to believe in your music. People such as bloggers, music writers and radio hosts. The rest will follow. But first is mastering the art, the music.
- We indulged in a prawn fest at the reef when you were down, what is your all time favourite meal?
Thats a tough one, depends on who’s cooking. But I'm a sucker for some good baby back ribs, that and a cold pint, too good.