Label: OverZelesMusic Genre: Hip-Hop Hometown: San Antonio, Texas (resides in Austin, Texas) Latest Release: The Layover: Grounded, But Still Lifted (3.22.15)
Produced by: Zeles, Russ Pickman, and Cory Price
All Lyrics Written by Zeles
All Arrangements by Zeles
The Layover: Grounded, But Still Lifted
Zeles' 2nd mixtape released on March 22, 2015 at the conclusion of SXSW, is the follow-up to his first mixtape titled, "First Flight." 'The Layover" displays Zeles' growth as an individual, and as an artist, who is set on rising to prominence among the hip-hop elite of today. Over mostly original beats, and a couple industry beats, Zeles shares stories of hope, struggle, reflection, and destiny. With a voice of passion and bravado, Zeles not only captivates audiences who have grown up with the hip-hop culture, but also those who admit they traditionally 'do not like rap.' Bridging cultures, Zeles tells his story and continues to develop as a lyricist that demands your attention.
Born and raised in the Countdown City a.k.a. San Antonio, Texas, Zeles felt the music in his bones from a very young age. A student of the game from the age of six, Zeles’ steady diet of hip-hop cassettes developed him into the force he is today. Since moving crowds at high school party ciphers and on stage at the Mike Jones concert, Zeles knew what he was destined to become.
After months of teasing individual tracks online, Zeles unleashed his debut mixtape First Flight; the world’s first look at an artist who is here to stay. You’re immediately awed by his declarations of swagger, but also relate to his raw, emotional truths. It is only the first glimpse of a story that mirrors all of our own. Over a handful of soulful beats, Zeles immerses the listener with his unique experiences with inner-conflict, grand ambitions, and personal relationships. Love it or hate it, Zeles’ music will undoubtedly inspire strong feelings within every witness of his talent.
Today, Zeles' ascent continues with the release of his follow-up mixtape, The Layover. The 5 track preview of the project, The Layover: A Preview, has been well received by audience members, bloggers, and online listeners, alike. The full project has also gained recognition garnering Zeles 4 AHHA 2015 Nominations including Lyricist of The Year, Mixtape of The Year, Male Artist of The Year, and Artist of The Year. There is no doubt that Zeles is poised to make an impact in hip-hop as he continues to release projects; you will want to watch what Zeles does next.
The Purist Hip Hop Show (New York City) on “The City” - “Gotta love hip-hop when it’s refreshing hip-hop. Lyrics [are] there; production [is] there...[Zeles] spit[s] like a true fan [of hip-hop].”
- DJ Live from Da Stuy
Discover Good Music on 'The Layover: A Preview' - “This little EP is an incredible taste of an artist that can craft very diverse tracks. Each track has a different vibe...It’s progressive, and his flow sounds effortless. His writing skills are something to be admired, with some tracks showcasing his lyrical abilities and others allowing his listeners to hear his ability to create a catchy chorus. He doesn’t rely on features to move his tracks, but places them sporadically throughout the project, allowing it to breathe."
HotNewHipHop.com on Zeles track, “The City” and "The Layover: A Preview" - Why We Like Zeles: Zeles embraces the kind of soul-sampling production that recalls Rocafella era Kanye West-- a sound that's definitely been a bit buried in trap high hats as of late, and thus comes as a breath of fresh air. The rapper is also very capable on the mic, bringing personality and skill in equal measure.
RAW Artists Organization (Christina Barboza) A self motivated man who's (artists) name says everything about him. Zeles works hard to engage the audience with his original lyrics. His beats get the crowd rocking and his words keep them tuned in. He uses descriptive lyrics to captivate his audience in stead of using profanity to shock them into listening.
Shows + Events
Zeles has a highly energetic stage presence and has provided entertainment at a variety of venues, including company and family-friendly environments. Below are some of the Live Venues at which Zeles has performed:
The Belmont (Austin, Texas) - 500+ attendees
Stereo Live (Houston, Texas) - 700+ attendees
Backstage Live (San Antonio, Texas) - 400+ attendees
210 Kapone's (San Antonio, Texas) - 500+ attendees
City Hall (Denver, CO) - 400+ attendees
Speak Easy Cannabis Club (Colorado Springs, CO)
Zeles Contact Information
For all inquires regarding booking or collaborations, please include all relevant details relating to the project. Thank you. "Be overzeles."