Here in Seattle, we have – give or take – about a billion conventions. Two of our favorites, which both happen to be of the nerdy persuasion, are PAX West and GeekGirlCon. This year, both conventions landed in the same month and we thought that this seemed like the perfect opportunity to showcase Seattle Nerdcore rapper and total bombshell – Shubzilla!
She’s one hell of a geeky powerhouse; on top of her music, she’s the residing merch manager for GeekGirlCon and is also a co-founder and member of The NPC Collective, a space that supports nerds of color. We’re big fans of her work, and we’re over the moon that she’s a fan of us, too.
For those not familiar with your music, how would you describe it?
My music is catchy, aggressive, and bass heavy.
When did you start rapping professionally? Is it something you’ve always had an interest in?
I started rapping in 2011 and began doing shows later that year. I am trained as a dancer and when the wear and tear got to me, I switched to being an emcee.
Being on the mic has always been something that I’ve wanted to do, but assumed I wouldn’t get a chance to do. Retiring from dance pushed me in the direction to pursue this art form. To be honest, I didn’t know where it would take me. I feel super fortunate with where it has gotten me thus far! I’ve toured twice, done numerous shows, worked with wonderful people, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg!
What is your absolute favorite song to perform?
I don’t know if I can pick just one! If I had to pick one, it would be Necklace. It’s an incredibly empowering piece about catcalling. Performing that song makes me feel larger than life because I’m creating this narrative that puts me in control of the situation described in the song.
Are there any music artists that you dream of working with someday?
I’d like to work with Run The Jewels, Hall and Oates, Peter Cetera, M.I.A., Missy Elliott, Psy, Angel Haze, and Snow Tha Product. There’s more, though!
Are you deep into any particular fandoms?
I’m a fan of Sanrio, some anime, Netflix TV series (ie. GLOW), board games, and tabletop RPGs. Also Jean-Claude Van Damme movies. I know a shit ton about Sailor Moon!
Right now, I’m watching through Boruto and re-watching One Punch Man and American Horror Story. When I need a break from writing, I’ll play The Binding of Isaac. Haven’t beaten it yet, but I’ve come close!
If you’re in the greater Seattle area, Shubzilla will be taking the stage alongside Bill Beats on October 26th at the Central Saloon. Do yourself a favor and RSVP here, and make sure to follow her using the links below for updates on upcoming shows and new tracks:
Listen on Bandcamp: http://shubzilla.bandcamp.com
Listen on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3G0rozJPUigut63laX2W7Q
Badass photoshoot by @StephenKlise