Ozmosis has seen his fair share of highs and lows within the music industry. We sat down with the 25 year old hip-hop artist from San Diego to learn about his musical journey and what got him to where he is today.
Raised in Fairbanks, Alaska, Ozmosis began his music career after graduating high school in 2013. He started off with music being an outlet to keep him out of trouble. When asked how he realized he wanted to be a musician, he responded, "It was just a matter of time". His following grew once he moved to San Diego, CA and he began to take his music more seriously.
His biggest inspiration for getting into music was his grandfather, who played the trumpet. His grandfather introduced him to music and from there Ozmosis was able to find his own identity.
THE CHILL TAPE was the first project Ozmosis had worked on as a professional musician. It was his first serious attempt at making music and the positive reaction it garnered inspired him to keep pursuing his career further. "A lot of people liked it and that's what got me to where I am now."
With those positive experiences, there comes the negative ones as well. Ozmosis' biggest challenge he's faced as a musician has been being able to find people he can trust, people who actually have his best interest in mind. "Everybody's out there to try and sell 'the dream', to attempt to take advantage of up and coming artists." He's struggled with finding those genuine individuals in the industry who were focused on helping him get his music out there.
However, he still finds the career of a musician very rewarding, especially when he sees people commenting on his music and videos. "Good or bad, I always feel pretty good when people take the time out of their day to detail their opinions about my music."
When asked what his dream collaboration would be, Ozmosis stated he would love to work with the producer Kaytranada. He's a big fan of Kaytranada's work and loves listening to the beats he creates. He's always wanted to rap on one of Kaytranada's beats and have the chance to work with him.
Based off of his experience in the industry so far, Ozmosis offered a few words of advice to young and new musicians:
"Even though it's a pain and you may not want to, really try to learn all you can about the business side of music. I mean, you don't have to know every single thing inside and out but have a nice grip of knowledge just to be better prepared for situations so people can't take advantage of you. When I first started out, people were taking advantage of me left and right because I didn't know any better. Sometimes you wish you could just kickback and make music but if you plan on making money and a living off of this, you're gonna have to know the business side of this. Do that sooner rather than later to be more proactive versus reactive."
As for what's in store for Ozmosis in 2021, keep your eye out for a new project coming out later this year. For Ozmosis, this year is all about moving forward from 2020 and capitalizing on all the music he has ready to make and release.