What do you do? What is your musical specialty?
My name is Beloved i Jedidiah aka Zion Antoni..i am an Artist/Writer and Senior A&R for Barrio Nuevo Ent. and independent record label/Production company founded in 2008. Also the Chairman of a non-profit group called the Urbanpriesthood. That functions in journalism and films. I founded Manna/Gracemusik, a Production label in 2003 that functions in outreach, music, and journalism. I play 5 instrumental by ear, the congas, drums, piano and acoustic Guitar and bass. I am a Lyricist, Poet, arranger, songwriter and producer as well.
Do you work alone or in a group? If in a group, who are the others you work with?
I work in a couple groups. 1st as being A&R in Barrio Nuevo i work with CEO/producer/artist Charli-Brown as well as other labelmates B-easy , sinfin and Aftashock. In my Non profit group i work with my sister, and my partner cesar espinoza.
Is there a web address where one can listen, see, or read some of your work?
Please list any awards, competitions, or other acknowledgments you would like to mention.
In the production label Manna/Gracemusik one music compilation was honored at several confrences, along with a online newsletter that was sent to over 100 recipients. Along
with various spins in states and country's, from Barrio nuevo, and with a successful tour last year in italy, with many press releases.
Please list discography in which you have participated.
SOMEBODY'S PRAYIN VOL.I UNDERGROUND MIXTAPE 2003
HOLY GOD MANS PSALMITRY-LIMITED COPIES MANNA/GRACEMUSIK 2003
PHILADELPHIA FELLOWSHIP (PRODUCTION) 2004
A TREE GROWS IN THE BRONX LP- MANNA/GRACEMUSIK 2006
JESUS SAVES LP(FEAT/PRODUCTION)- FISHERMAN ENT. 2007
STREETCORNERSTORE MIXTAPE VOL.I-(FEAT) B.ENGLISH RECORDINGS 2007
SCARS, TRUTH, REDEMPTION VOL.I COMPILATION MANNA/GRACEMUSIK 2007
SUNN OF MALCOLM X LP-(PRODUCTION/FEAT) MASSD RECORDS 2007
POSITIVE COLLECTION EP-(PRODUCTION) MANNA/GRACEMUSIK 2007
UNSIGNED HYPE VOL.I LP-COMPILATION BARRIO NUEVO ENT. 2008
CLASSICK MIXTAPE VOL.I-(FEAT) N.I.G.G.A NATION 2008
FEL SWEETS DAY OFF INS. LP-(FEAT)BREAKBREAD RECORDS 2008
EMCEECLOPEDIA STREET LP(FEAT)-BARRIO NUEVO ENT. 2009
WE GOT NEXT MIXTAPE LP (FEAT)ELOHIM INC/LATIN GORILLAS/EUROSTREETS 2009
How did you begin making music? Who introduced you?
MY FATHER IS A SOUL SINGER, WITH A STRONG INFLUENCE
FROM HIM..WITH MANY INFLUENCES FROM EVERYBODY FROM SAM COOKE TO BOB MARLEY.
What was your musical education?
SELF TAUGHT BY EAR, ALL INSTRUMENTS, AND PRODUCTION.. WITH LITTLE INSTRUCTION
FROM TEACHERS THRU THE YEARS.
When did you realise that making music could be a way of life for you?
AFTER LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCES I WAS LAUNCHED INTO A FULL TIME CAREER WITH A STEADY INCOME.
What is your creative process?
MAINLY THRU INSPIRATION AT RANDOM.. THRU A MELODY.. SCENE.. OR EVENT.
When do you have your most lucid moments, in the morning or night?
Have you ever awoken with a melody created from your dreams?
AT TIMES YES..
How do you know when a song is finished or needs no more changes?
BY DETAILED LISTENING.. CLOSE ATTENTION.
How did you discover your creative territory? How would you describe it?
MOSTLY WHEN IM ALONE.. OR HEAVILY INSPIRED..
What part of your job is your least favourite?
TEDIOUS EDITING IN THE STUDIO, AND BAD BUISNESS.
How often do you practice?
ALL DAY.. EVERYDAY..
How do you feel right before going out on stage?
BY CLEARING MY MENTAL ENERGY..
Which musicians or groups have been inspiring to your career?
SAM COOKE, BOB MARLEY AND WAILERS, ROOTS..NAS..AND MANY MANY MORE...
List three songs that are key to your life.
A CHANGE GON COME BY SAM COOKE
REDEMPTION SONG BY BOB MARLEY
THE WORLD IS YOURS BY NAS
What should be done to stop piracy?
MORE QUALIFICATIONS AND RESTRICTIONS TO PEOPLES WORK.
What type of music do you detest?
ANYTHING WITH MESSAGES THAT KILL A PEOPLE
What time did you get up this morning?
How do you sell yourself? What has been your experience with record companies and representatives?
WITH MY TEAM AND ITS VENTURES.. U HAVE TO BE VERY WACTHFUL DUE TO THE INDUSTRY
What other things have you done to make a living?
WORKING 9 TO 5 JOBS
Have you ever played on the street or in the subway? How much did you collect each day?
NOPE.. GOD BLES THOSE TO HUSSLE THAT WAY..
Who would you play with, without a doubt?
ALL TOP QUALITY ARTISTS ITH GOOD MESSAGES
What advice would you give to someone starting out in the business?
TO BE MINDFULL AND CAREFULL OF SNAKES AND SHARKS.. AND FEED THE PEOPLE..AND DON GET THE BIG HEAD..
bronx , ny