Zechariah Ruffin, known as Zed Kenzo, is a musician and producer. They were raised on Milwaukee's north side and have been writing songs since they were a kid. Their dance and performance background (Ruffin is a classically trained ballet dancer and pianist) comes out in their bold, high energy live performances.  They are powerful and mesmerizing on stage.

What are you most proud of? "I'm proud of remaining true to myself and pursuing my dreams even through rejection and adversity."

Is there something new that you've started doing in the past 4 months? "The pandemic shifted my focus to crafts so I’ve been making Black Lives Matter refrigerator magnets, friendship bracelets and ZK t shirts"

Is there something you’ve stopped doing/caring about in the past 4 months? "It’s been hard to get music done with the pandemic and a difficult living situation during quarantine but I still care SO much about music. Now with the BLM uprising and my job opening back up it’s been hard to focus as well but now that I’m in my own apartment since last month I hope to get back into the swing of making songs ASAP. "

What’s the first thing you think about when you wake up? "The course of my day- usually it depends. Sometimes I wake up with anxiety about money and music but then it swings into how I’ll make the best of my day." 

Who do you think needs advice and what would you like to tell them? "People that don’t mind their own business or compare themselves to others- mind your own business and do you. Your life has its own trajectory so don’t worry about what someone else got going on"

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