Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
I’m a dreamer. I’ve always loved music and creating art. I realized I had an amazing gift, the gift of authenticity. It’s my time now to show the world. XaQ ENT (Zach Entertainment) made his debut in January 2020. Inspiring others to be their most authentic selves and spreading positive energy has always been the mission. XaQ ENT is here to help now and he’s not going anywhere! With rare beauty and catchy music, The plan to breaks barriers in the music industry. Being apart of the LGBT community as Androgynous, I need to work hard to represent us in the best light ever. I want to be the role model to everyone that I never had and more!
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this?
As a rapper, you’re not always for everybody. “One thing about creating art is that you never know what others are going to think about it”. I was prepared for feedback, but not prepared for the amount of love I received. Hearing “you’re so inspiring” or “I love your song!” are the best part about releasing music. Fulfilling. One acknowledgment that really solidified my strength to keep making music was hearing from the producers “The Beat Deamons” that they really liked a song I made with their beat. They’ve worked with so many recording artists I admire.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
If there’s one tip I can give other LGBT rappers/musicians, it’s to never give up because we don’t see/hear ourselves yet. We are the voices now! If we stick together and with hard work, anything is possible. To rappers in general, I recommend really investing in yourself. You are the product. Put value into yourself and nobody can tell you it.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
There are two people that helped me get to the position I am now. My mother and my Manager, Jose. Growing up in CT, My mother worked 3 jobs and during my teenage years was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. I had to take care of her as she did me now. I grew up underprivileged and my mother tried her hardest to make sure I never conformed into what anyone else wanted but myself. Without the good and bad of growing up, I wouldn’t have the passion I do now to make a difference. Be me…I wouldn’t have my hustle either. I thanked her for all she’s done buy purchasing her a much-needed car for Christmas 2019. Secondly, Jose. He’s my business manager. Jose has definitely given me the support and wisdom Others dream about! I’m pushed to my full potential because of him. He manages the business part of my career and holds the characteristics I lack. His dedication to success is admirable and what he’s taught me about business is priceless. “The time is now” is one of his favorite phrases. Something that everyone should really live by. Without the two of them, I wouldn’t be so hungry to follow my dreams.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
Philanthropy was my passion before I decided to make music. I’ve served over 15,000 hours of community service for my own community and in the DMV. Diaper banks, Wellness Centers, hours of outreach. Not having that positive, confident role model growing up, I wanted to be that for the upcoming generations. I want to inspire others to be true to who they are and what they feel. I want people to look at me and think to themselves “I can do it too!” I hope that at least one person’s life can change by seeing or hearing me. Give a helping hand, care, you really never know whose life you can change in just one minute. I do it not only for me but for everyone, they matter.
Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
“The highest human act is to inspire”- Nipsey. Being selfless has taught me that no matter how little something is to you, it could change the world. It could inspire someone to be better. While doing AmeriCorps, I came across a lot of people that would thank me for my time. Thank me for reaching out to them and showing people that we’re normally turned away or underprivileged that I am just like them. We are both humans. I truly believe that quote above. I hope to inspire community love, spread positivity, and bring security to those overlooked.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
The readers can follow me “@XAQENT” on Instagram.