“To the kids out there trying to do music, promotion and an image goes a long way with the quality in the music. In creating a brand you have to give the audience yourself as a person and not what you think they like. Show them what’s different about you and what sets you apart from any other artist.”
Check out the interview with 3 Dice Ceno exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
3 Dice Ceno: It all started for me on a strip in North Miami freestyling and not taking it serious. With a little motivation from homies I started writing. From 2006 – 09 I created music with record label Mental Head Bangers and performed at Igloos, BlackHole, Sonars, and The Belvedere.
After three years I felt that egos parted us a group and other artists said that I should go out on my own. Through the situation I have grown as an artist and gone solo.
I’m currently doing shows with Bzell’s Building Bridges Movement, Lavar, and Afton Baltimore. I am also sponsored by clothing line Rube Boy Clothing and am a Digiindie featured artist along with magazine interviews and blogs.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
To the kids out there trying to do music, promotion and an image goes a long way with the quality in the music. In creating a brand you have to give the audience yourself as a person and not what you think they like. Show them what’s different about you and what sets you apart from any other artist.
Make cautious decisions. This is your career. Stay focused with where you are trying to go in terms of the lane you choose. And last but not least, invest in yourself. Money is needed in this venture.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
I have none at this present time as far as concepts and presentation of my flow. It’s making it a brand as far as the music goes in terms of my music being different. I feel I’m making some leeway.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
For promotion and advertising I find networking through magazines, blogs, and internet and non-internet radio. I don’t think of any certain way to do promotions and advertising. It all boils down to what makes you different and why people should listen to you as an artist.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I hold it down for three cities. Born in Washington D.C, raised in Miami, and out Baltimore for three years.
I have recently headed back in to D.C. for shows. It’s an entertainment city with a lot of opportunity and with different ethnic backgrounds. What sets D.C. apart from other cities is the go-go music that the city has created as its own. It inspires me to come different in my music and is acknowledged by fans and artists.
Miami is the city where I went through my trials and tribulations. Miami is based on life lessons and politics that consist of the struggles which is what you hear in a lot of my verses.
The city of Baltimore gave me rebirth as far as going from having nothing to where I’m at now. It gave me a new outlook on my hustle like going back to school in a sense and applied that to how I go about my promotion. It gave me my bar concept. All three cities built me into who I am now.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
A year from now I see myself doing way more as far as promotion, performing at shows out of town, video interviews, and meet and greets.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
Life is my biggest inspiration due to me having to wake up in it every day along with my listeners and family.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
A lot of the music is shit only because everybody’s riding coat tails and are being someone they’re not. Everything now is business over talent. I’m not with it.
Where can we contact you and find you online?