What is your name? 
Hey, i’m Zac Clejan – my artist name is Clejan 😀 

What is your genre of music?
Trap Violin – a genre blend of classical violin elements with hard-hitting hip hop & trap production. 

Give us a little bio about you.
Coming from a family of musicians, I was inspired to start learning the violin at the age of 2. I was classically trained my whole life, but being from Atlanta, GA,I witnessed the rise of ‘Trap’ Music – I fell in love and started writing raps at an early age. I fell in love with creating music but felt like i needed more tools in my belt, so I took a hiatus to earn a marketing degree from UGA. I then worked corporate for a few years before taking the leap and pursuing music full time. 

What made you go into music?
Watching my dad play the fiddle and my grandfather play the piano together, i think I wanted to be like them. Also my mom totally forced me lol. As I grew up, even though I didnt like being forced to learn violin, i really fell in love with hip hop. It felt like the most genuine way for me to express myself. I knew if i could, i wanted to do it for the rest of my life. 

Who are your influences?
Lindsey Stirling is a huge inspiration of mine on the violin side. On the hip hop side, Eminem, Lil Wayne, and Kendrick Lamar.

Are you signed?
Not yet 🙂 Independent baby!! 

You released your single ‘Run It Up’, tell us more about the single. 
I love this track. It gets me hype!! I knew i wanted to take a violin solo and sample it into a bumping trap beat. With that idea in mind my co-producer Dela (@delamusik) and i made the beat pretty quick. The uptempo vibe led way to the flow, and the words ‘run it up’ came pretty quick after that. I was able to tap a friend and insanely talented rapper Scienze (@scienze) for the feature and what came out is the incredible track you hear today!  

Describe the track in two words.
Energising & TOUGH 

What was the writing and recording process like?
Super smooth recording process, only took 2 sessions. The writing process took a little longer – i knew i needed to reflect the message of the song – which is to go after everything you want in life with everything you’ve got because tomorrow isn’t promised – so I wanted to talk about just the most outrageous stuff i could think of, that was also as close to reality as possible. The result is a fun story about traveling all over the East Coast in a day to eat Waffle House in Atlanta, hit up South Beach Miami, perform in Brooklyn (also where Scienze is from) and make it back home to LA on a Red Eye. 

Who did you work with on the single?
The LEGEND, Scienze! We were introduced through a friend and hit it off really quick – knew we wanted to make a song together – when i showed him the first mix of this song, he was as hype as I was so i was happy to tap him for a verse. He absolutely crushed it in my opinion. 

Will we see a music video for ‘Run It Up’ and if so what can we expect from the creative process?
I certainly hope so! As of right now im not really making music videos unless a song starts taking off – so lets cross our fingers for this one. If not now, then someday soon. When it does happen, I envision a shot of me/ scienze walking through the different scenes we talk about in the video. I know I wanna start the song in a studio, recording the beautiful violin, and walk out into a trap house 😀 and we definitely have to hit up waffle house. 

Will we see an EP or Album and if so, what can we expect from it?
Most definitely! I will be putting out my third instrumental album by the end of the year, and all of the singles i’ve released this year and will release next year i’ll put together in a compilation album. Of course, i’m building a few projects in the backend i can hold onto if and when I get label interest… so we’ll see. 

What else can we expect in 2023?
More music, more collabs, and more content. I would love to go on tour headlining or opening for another act. I wanna play all over the world! 

Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
Doing a tour with lindsey stirling : ) 

What quote or saying do you always stick by?
‘Miles to Go Before I Sleep’ 

When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget? 
my violin/ equipment, water, a sweat towel, some weed & a snack. 

Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
@thetrapviolinist – come say hey!!!

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