“Keep your DJ network tight and well managed. When DJ’s want music from an artist you have to take advantage right away.”

Check out the interview with Afro-preachah exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Growing up in church singing and choir directing at a young age. My father and grandfather are my biggest musical influences, both are Christian Baptist ministers.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
Social media! There are so many different ways to link your social media network to work for you and not against you. I may take a little time but time well spent. We are connected to our devices more than ever. So there’s always an opportunity to expand your reach.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
The biggest change and challenge is how hip hop and r&b music is played in the clubs. DJ’s are more high energy now. They’re only playing about 60 sec to 90 secs. You really have to be on your club banger game! Keep your DJ network tight and well managed. When DJ’s want music from an artist you have to take advantage right away.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
A lot of changes have happened in the Twin Cities, MN since the passing of our brother Prince. On one hand the hip hop community doesn’t really look for talented hip hop artists coming out of Minnesota beside Rhyme Sayers. But on the other hand now that Prince’s gone the music game’s opening up to new music locally.

Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
Future artists will be more independent over the course of their music careers because of the internet. Artists need to be savvy when it comes to new advancements in technology.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Practice as much as possible. Stay disciplined. Also going to schools and getting degrees in music won’t hurt either.

What inspires you to write your next song?
It mostly depends on the mood I’m in. I take it one song at a time. However the track comes I get in the zone for it.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
I put as much pre-production in my songs as possible. I listen to the track about 500 times to really get a good vibe for it.

What do you think makes a great song?
Making songs that everyday people can understand. Sometimes in hip hop artists tend to be cryptic and only write from their personal points of view; nothing wrong with that. For a great song you have to make people feel as if they’re welcome to party; not just a select few.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Official website: www.afro-preachah.com
YouTube: www.youtube.com/afropreachah
Twitter: www.twitter.com/afropreachah
Instagram: @afropreachah
Snapchat: @afropreachah