Kevin Joseph Tervalon, was deeply involved in the club and music scene in New Orleans. He didn’t have the resources or connections to record but he could freestyle and had many songs written.

All of the DJs in his area knew him and when requested they would let him perform live.

He won many contests and was always on the scene to battle or just entertain. He soon realized many started rapping because of him but most knew him as the first from his area, the 6th Ward/ Treme.

Way back then he realized he encouraged many to try and he uses that as fuel today. “ I mercked Turbalo even though he had that fire, I went with my nature now there’s only Nzpya “. 

In 2018 he released his first solo project Turbalo Who 1? Since then he’s not stopped releasing songs and constantly collaborating, arranging, writing, promoting and fulfilling his role as founder of Nzpya Entertainment.

As usual he’s already inspired artists bringing out the best in them. People who had previously admitted defeat because of life’s overwhelming circumstances. Now they believe in themselves again and the industry gets its hero.

Today he’s focused on giving the world his sound. He says he’s lost so much and experienced so much hate, treachery and death that he can’t be tainted by what tempts so many others. “ I am Nzpya this is my nature and the essence of my character. The music industry needs a hero, the world needs inspiration.

Websites or Social Media Pages:

YouTube- Nzpya Entertainment
Instagram- Dawakslaya
Facebook- Nzpya Entertainment
Spotify- Turbalo

What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?

I mostly create Hip-Hop and my sound is gritty and southern with a deep voice. My flow doesn't allow me to just ride the beat in simple bars strides. I'm always twisting and turning.

How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?

Yes there is a story. I was raised in New Orleans and my friends couldn't or wouldn't pronounce my name right. The would hype me up quoting a Cracker Jack commercial. " He's a Cracker Jack kid giving all he's got, he's a Cracker Jack kid giving his best shot " but in place of Cracker Jack they would say Turbalo.

What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?

I listened to some of the greats and some of the forgotten like Whodini, Curtis Blow and Grand Master Flash and The Treacherou 3. I also was influenced when rap took its turn with groups like N.W.A. and Public Enemy. Today I hardly listen to mainstream since it seems to mostly miss the mark.

What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?

I am so busy everyday now, I have 3 other artists I work with on many levels and I'm currently doing the promos and scheduling and marketing. I'm in the studio often and the other artists I record are all about to drop some type of project.
We'll be shooting a video for Throw It Away in approximately 3 weeks. We have a show in Denver CO. on March 21st and we're hoping to hear back soon from a few out state promoters.

What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?

We at Nzpya Entertainment intend to do just that, inspire entertainment. I hope to bring more upliftiing and fun songs to the front. We intend to flood the market initially allowing people to acclimate to our sound while giving quality and quantity.

What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?

I do like to perform Machine and Own Da Nite a hunch since they are so high energy. However I've only just begun in 2018, I've had 8 live performances and I can't say I have a fave yet, ask me again by summer's end and I'll have a more definite answer.

What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus Far?

Of course getting the music heard and to the right people and scenes is a real challenge but not the only one or the biggest. It would seem my age and my southern drawl are the biggest hinderances. The prejudice is that only young people can make good Hip-Hop. Well listen to what I create and we'll have to revisit that issue.

What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?

I usually follow the track, I find what's relatable first. I write to completion, I hate to stop and restart although every once in a while it's helpful to stop. If I find a beat that I know I'm going to use then I don't engage with it much until I'm ready to give it my full attention. I've lost since awesome ideas during thought changes and distractions.

How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?

I recognize social media as a cornerstone for independence artists. I'm quickly becoming a Social Medialite since I'm constantly posting, informing and updating any who'll listen. Social media has given the independent artist the tools to succeed.

What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?

Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mats are always good as well as Arianne Granda, Drake. I don't listen often though. I'm always working on songs with the crew plus we don't want the extra influence.

What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?

I was restaurateur, I owned a large restaurant in New Orleans. I also helped establish and rejuvenate 2 others. I also dabbled with computers and some levels of construction.

Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?

That term success I can't answer just yet but I will say that just like your fingerprint you're unique. Expound upon that and never let someone tell you that you can't or you may end up old as I am trying to do the impossible.

What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?

Diversity, I would hire from the streets along with the college grads. Not just from big cities either. I'm certain more mistakes were made than stars. I've heard some phenomenal songs and some unbelievable artists upon my return and it cemented in my mind the fact that this industry is biased partly on longevity. It's time to revisit that as well, we've had plenty of 1 hit wonders who we knew were going to keep us fed. They got the money and got lost.

How Do You Feel About Originality?

I'm an original, without originality we all just wander. Originality feeds creation . Creativity is perpetual, without creativty we wither and fade.
To be an original in music is to be a creator. Not all can lead but all can follow.

Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You Or That You Would Like to Add?

Yes in fact there is. I want everyone to know that I've already inspired 4 people to return to their passion. For me and them it's very freeing. To have so much creativity bottled up all of the time is crippling. I started recording again for several reasons. First because I was almost wheel chair ridden but I felt incomplete knowing that I should've made this sound long ago. I lost businesses and possessions and then I was stricken by my birth defect. I had to do this. Also I record with my son and he has unbelievable flow. I knew this for years but he was going thru all of this destruction with me. I watched as he struggled with all my sickness caused us to lose. I knew inside of him that making his music would help give his mind some release and restore confidence. I made my songs and he and now others have joined me to not be forced into quiet submission.
We R Nzpyration 2 Dis Nation

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