We had the good fortune of connecting with Chaz Ultra and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chaz, why did you pursue a creative career?
I pursued a creative career because I love it. I’m not interested in doing unenjoyable tasks for the purpose of making money. It’s fun for me to make music, to make music at a high level and I can’t help the fact that I will probably be doing it for as long as I am able.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
What’s on the front of my brain right now is a new album I have coming entitled “The Eastern Realm of Complete Joy.” I have been making primarily hip-hop and rap music for some time and I had a lot of fun branching out with this album to further realize my voice as an artist. I’ve released plenty of music, but this feels like my first album. “Professionally” is a nebulous word to me because I’m not sure if there is anything “professional” about how I live my life. I’m a bit impetuous, dropped out of college and I haven’t had a job in 4 years. I think total commitment regardless of risk is the only way to create something truly groundbreaking.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I live in New York City and there’s definitely a lot to do here, but spontaneity is the highest virtue. Assuming the weather is nice, I would say they should stroll Central Park, maybe explore Williamsburg. I love where I’m living currently, some great spots in Park Slope. But by the end of the day I usually prefer to watch some classic Spongebob and party to turn-of-the-century house bangers. The best thing about New York is the people you spend your time with really.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I actually have a few people who I would like to shoutout: First is my mother and father for the wonderful job they did raising their three kids to give all of us the ammunition to be all we can be. Also, my brother Nick, he and I have always had a fantastic relationship, both with creative work and as friends.
Photos taken by Olivia Andrew