“Being superbly talented with the wrong resources. Major, major, major handicap for the up and coming.”
Check out the interview with 4doni5 exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
4doni5: At the age of 2 I was discovered in my great-grandmother’s Pasadena, CA residence singing and dancing. As I aged, I went on to win a series of local school and community talent shows/competitions. I’m currently an Atlanta resident and have gained local notoriety through open mic sets, sponsored performance venues, and karaoke spots. Anything to gain me exposure towards the success of my projects.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
Signed with VIP Talent Agency of Manhattan, New York. Promotion has mostly come from audience visuals at my performances, word of mouth, and social media outlets. Like the old saying goes, “Seeing is believing.”
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I ultimately haven’t set a precedence for what and where I would like to be and become for my career. I just know I want to be the best at my capabilities within my craft as an artist. Of course, I would like to win high accolades and accredited awards. I’m just optimistic about having taken this gigantic brave step in advancing in my career and seeing where this journey takes me.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
Being superbly talented with the wrong resources. Major, major, major handicap for the up and coming. Oh, and lack of support plays a part as well.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
In Atlanta, my current residence, there is a multitude of culture being spread through the plethora of local acts all seeking the same exposure. You have your different genre scenes, but overall everyone comes together when the event at hand is conducive. The scene is very competitive. As all are. Yet there is still room for originally true talented artists to flourish.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Keep God first. Be strong. Stay positive. Surround yourself with like-minded supportive people. Don’t ever give up, ever.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
The day I met Gammy winning rapper/actress Eve, and she confirmed I would be a star.
What is your inspiration?
Positive energy provided through some serious jams. I’m an avid music lover and listener. It’s very therapeutic for me. Also my younger siblings. Nothing drives me more than to be the best example of an achiever of dreams.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Depending on their business strategies. It’s very easy for non-talented people to gain success with the right business machine behind then. Otherwise, even very talented acts won’t attain to success without the proper machine behind them. Even if they are the machine themselves.