“Since I’m doing everything on my own at the moment I would say the hardest part is just trying to manage time and juggle all the aspects of having a successful music career.”

Check out the interview with A.N.T.H.E.M exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

SKILLY: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
A.N.T.H.E.M: It all started when I was around 6 or 8 years old and came across an old piano at a family members house. When i played with it I unknowingly played a broken chord and the harmonies the sound produced seemed to trigger something in my soul. From there I was hooked. I kept playing piano throughout my early childhood and taught myself most of what I know today. When I was thirteen I met a local rapper from St. Louis who was making some serious moves and had immense talent. He was intrigued by my talent and took me under his wing. Turned out he owned an indie record label called MoBeatz. It was here that I actually started producing beats for his artists. Every artist on the roster considered me to be on par with the pros. I was always the go-to dude for epic beats. While there they convinced me to also give rapping a try because I also used to write poetry and when I made my first track at thirteen titled, “Young Soldier”, they knew I had potential to be great. Sadly MoBeatz disbanded awhile ago and I’ve been doing it on my own ever since.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Have fun. Be Different. Be Bold. If its good music people will naturally gravitate to it. But most importantly, have fun.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Since I’m doing everything on my own at the moment I would say the hardest part is just trying to manage time and juggle all the aspects of having a successful music career. From PR to writing lyrics to producing beats and dealing with legal work. On top of that trying to make time for friends and family. It can get overwhelming.

We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
I think the best way personally is by word of mouth. People tend to build a closer relationship with the artist or a greater curiosity of the artist if they had a conversation in person. I feel like people would also then be more inclined to actually give you a listen. Surprise them and who knows.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
In my own opinion, I think it’s on par with the leading cities of rap music. It’s majorly underrated. I’ve met tons of talented artist and producers that are on par if not greater than some pros. But the scene for music is lacking. It’s hard to get your name out there as a rapper, it’s even harder from St. Louis. We had a few make it out, like Nelly and Chingy, who were able to get big and they had great music. But how many St. Louis rappers or artists are mainstream right now.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
Still grinding. Still making music. That’s all I know for certain. Hopefully making some sort of an impact on the industry. Hopefully seeing the beginning of a flourishing business.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
Musically, too many people to write but pretty much every mainstream rapper from 1992 to 2008 or something like that.
Personally, my family, my friends, other underground artists that I know, my haters. I think I look up to myself more than anything nowadays there’s always that life I should be living and that person I should be floating around in the back of my head. I’m always striving to make that a reality.

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
It’s not where it should be. I think people are aiming to sell records rather than creating musical gem pieces that can be remembered years from now. I feel like most people from the mainstream are all sounding alike too. There are some good ones too but they’re not “Mainstream” well most of them.

Thanks! Where can we contact you and find you online?