“It’s a big music scene here, but we never get to shine. We get looked over by New York City because it’s a bigger city. We have a lot of artists and a lot is going on here.”
Check out the interview with 1face Harvey exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
1face Harvey: I’ve been into music since I was 10. Once I heard dudes like Kris Kross, Wu-Tang, Redman, DMX, Eazy-E, and now Future, I knew I wanted in. I love hearing a mixture of flows.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
As an indie artist people see you as either prey or they don’t care about you. At the same time you can’t sit down thinking things are gonna happen. By that I mean big labels and people aren’t gonna pay for you to get promotion. My advice is don’t be scared to pay for yourself because a lot of people will not until you’re major.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I want to be the greatest of all time and an inspiration to people coming from small towns all over. To help the underdog and still be known as the greatest rapper/songwriter.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
Not having a relationship with people in high places. If Chris Brown gave me a co-sign right now, people would rave. Coming up from the ground up is not easy, especially from a small town that gets picked on and where no major DJs are from.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
It’s a big music scene here, but we never get to shine. We get looked over by New York City because it’s a bigger city. We have a lot of artists and a lot is going on here. Every major artist who ever came from here has tried to bash us. It’s not fair to the city.
I stay working and my team does too. For the most part, a lot of crime goes on here but there’s not a lot of shootings. You have a better chance of knuckling up over here. I fight a lot over here.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Do your research before you do business with anyone. These people with money aren’t tryna spend bread on you until you’re hot.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
When I started getting paid for shows. It’s refreshing to not pay 100 dollars for a showcase with 10 people in the audience.
What is your inspiration?
Wu-Tang, Redman, Bone Thugs, Outkast, Snoop Dogg, DMX, Ghostface Killah, Method Man, Ludacris, Ice Cube, and more.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
If they have the right money, but you should do it for the love.
Where can we find you on social media?
Facebook: @ kyle.harvey.121