“I am from Omaha, NE. There’s a lot of very talented artists in my city. Many have made it out, many are still there. We are all hard working and driven.”
Check out the interview with Aj The Dread exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Aj The Dread: I can remember loving music as far back as 4-5 years old. Beastie Boys were my favorite at the time. When I was 16 I pirated a program to make beats. It was porn or being a full time gang member, and both got boring. From there it was only up. I fell in love with the beat program and made an entire tape full of some original beats. Soon after I freestyled in a car with a buddy and not long after I was a writer.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Stay focused on your own goals. There may be people you have that come into your life with similar goals. Remember why you are the passionate person you are.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Being original and stay true to your own passions is a challenge. Life gets tough when things around you are attracted by things you are against.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Exploring every outlet you come across is vital.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I am from Omaha, NE. There’s a lot of very talented artists in my city. Many have made it out, many are still there. We are all hard working and driven. The fans are loyal to the music they adore.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
Doing a list of interviews and preparing to travel overseas.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
Busta Rhymes, Special Ed, Nas, Biggie, Method Man, Redman, B.O.B., Rittz, Ces Cru, Outkast, Killer Mike, Cee-lo, Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix, Peter Tosh, and Damien Marley. These are just some. My musical inspirations for me come from everywhere.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I do enjoy some of the music coming out today, just not all of the music coming out.
Where can we contact you and find you online?