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GARZI is an original. The 22-year-old artist stands at the intersection of rock and hip-hop but aims to blaze a new trail – differentiating himself from the SoundCloud rap pack – with what he describes as, “Alternative 808s.” “I like to describe my music as me throwing up my emotions on the track,” he says. “I freestyle my feelings until it forms the song.”
Born Chris Garzon, the Miami native was always drawn to creativity. A theater kid, he initially wanted to pursue acting and formed his first band (The 3 Seas) in high school. A self-described lover of Warped Tour (he’s been several times), he gravitated towards rock, punk, and metal sounds like Memphis May Fire, Front Porch Step, and Of Mice & Men. “I loved the energy,” he remembers. It was a fitting soundtrack to feelings of isolation, of being an outsider during those teenage years. “I am a pretty peaceful, chill person but I listened to angry music. I was feeling a bit lost.” Still, GARZI was a good student and was accepted into the University of Florida where he majored in business and plant science.