“For me I think the challenge, if you could call it that, would be people’s presumptions that rapping for Jesus is one dimensional.”
Check out the interview with Aaron P’Reach exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Aaron P’Reach: Open mics, use of the internet pushing out whatever little amount off tracks I had that were good enough to be shared on social media. StarNow is very helpful too. From all the above, I’ve been able to network with like-minded individuals and keep busy. Small beginnings do go a long way.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I film myself rapping over beats played out loud and outside the studio booth exclusively for the purpose of diverting the social media traffic. Either that or a cappella preview of something that I’ve recently put out.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
For me I think the challenge, if you could call it that, would be people’s presumptions that rapping for Jesus is one dimensional. As a Christian I simply keep praying, keep it moving, and unapologetically keep reminding them that this message actually speaks on every other topic that’s out there but with a difference.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
I’m a UK baby. We have our homemade sounds like grime, garage, dubstep, as well as unique hip hop, r&b, and soul sounds that let you know you’re not in the States but out in Central London. I believe there’s this danger of conforming to both that ideology and trying to play it safe sounding like another carbon copy of Craig David or Stormzy.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
I see a future where the need for labels and record deals would become more like necessities for promotion rather than production because sites like Reverbnation and Bandcamp have proven that consistently good quality music equals making your own work accessible far and wide.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Don’t compromise the integrity you had writing your first song at home for anything. I’ll also say that it’s important to discover and remember who you are in the Lord before the mainstream decides for you.
What inspires you to write your next song?
Whatever I deeply believe God’s putting on my heart, observing things around me, conversations with friends, stuff that’s happening in the world. All that good stuff.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
It may start with a simple thought or statement that grows into a verse or chorus. Then it builds from there. I’m an advocate for subject matter, I like to make sure that even individual verses have a sort of beginning, middle, and end vibe.
What do you think makes a great song?
A great song’s a song that has something to say. By that I mean a song that manages to entertain but does so because it makes the listener think. They actually hear the lyrics clearly, not just the nice beats and go “Yeah! I’m really feeling this!” because they hear the message and can sing/rap along to the track because there’s something in the message.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?