We had the good fortune of connecting with JP Zabala and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi JP, how do you think about risk?
I love risk haha. For those who know me, know that I love challenges. Not in an egotistical way assuming the “I’m the Best” position, but rather I see it as an opportunity to level up and put different talents, knowledge or goals to the test.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’ve always considered myself as different in the way I work, and in how I deliver my art. With being a singer sometimes you can et caught up on how the only thing that matters is singing, but in reality it entails a lot more than just that. I put a lot of effort for my music to always sound different and a little extra than what you usually here out there, but I consistently remind myself that my work ethic that will make everything seem different and impactful.
It hasn’t been easy, but in spite of those challenging processes I wouldn’t change it for a thing, in fact I think it is adversity and how I’ve been able to overcome it, that define me as a person and therefore as an artist.
In Spanish there is a sayin that says “lo que facil viene, facil se va” which means that what comes easy, leaves easily. There may be things that in this career we (artists) may seem look easy, it really isn’t. it takes sacrifice, hard work, and believing in yourself.
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’ve lived and visited different and numerous states in the US (California, New York, Tennessee, Georgia) but I must say that I love Miami, I’ve lived here for 5 years and I don’t picture myself living somewhere else.
Whenever friends visit me it is obvious that our first stop would be going to the beach (any beach in south Florida is worth going) but perhaps my favorite one is Key Biscayne. After the beach for sure take em taste some good Cuban food. The following days would be a lot of sightseeing and visiting places like Wynwood while sipping some good Panther Coffee, during the night Brickell would be a definite stop to eat and perhaps for some good dancing Calle 8 never goes wrong.
For some more physically demanding activities I would take them fishing somewhere in the keys, and perhaps also visit the Everglades. As much as I’ve mentioned I still feel there is so much more to do in this beautiful place.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I love the culture created within “Shoutout”. I can’t agree more on how important it is to elevate those around us. What goes around comes around. There’s a book written by John Maxwell called “Talent is Never Enough”, where it pretty much explains how important it is to not settle in spite of talent or abilities you may have, but actually constantly pursue growth, excellence, hard work, dedication. This has been one of those books that I consider my career Bible.
There has always been people around me, that have believed in what I’m capable of, but one of those that has never left my side is my dad. Nobody what it was ever since I was young (er) haha. he always supported me 100%, to the point where he now does that with my music career.
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