“The best ways for me to promote myself as an artist are through live shows and social media. Through live shows, you can give yourself a lot of exposure and network with a lot of people. You also never know who might be in the crowd at the time, might be that one person who could change your life.”

Check out the interview with Ant Tha Giant exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Ant Tha Giant: It all started 3 and a half years ago when I first came home from college. Even though I loved music all my life, at the time I had no experience in creating it. Eventually I met a couple of guys at my church who are very musically inclined and are also well versed in hip hop. It was a hobby for me in the beginning, but over time my skills had developed so much and my passion grew for it so much more that I decided about 2 years ago to go full-fledged with the music and pursue a career in it.

What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
The best ways for me to promote myself as an artist are through live shows and social media. Through live shows, you can give yourself a lot of exposure and network with a lot of people. You also never know who might be in the crowd at the time, might be that one person who could change your life.

What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
Ultimately I want to become a well-established independent hip hop artist who is known and respected worldwide. I don’t care too much to sign with a major label (with a few exceptions), more so than I just want to be able to spread positive messages and energy to the masses through my music.

What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
For me it’s trusting in people. I give people the benefit of the doubt most times, but there’s a lot of shady people in the industry who will try you and are looking to take advantage of any opportunity they can get off you. Also alongside that, learning the business side of the music so that you don’t get screwed over.

What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
I’m from the Bronx, NY. It’s cultural and filled with a mixture of different people. I’ve lived here for most of my life and it’s a cool atmosphere for me. The music scene is pretty huge over here. After all, this is the birth place of hip hop.

What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Definitely be original. In a world where there are a lot of trends and followers, I feel people tend to flock to originality a lot more as original people stand out from the crowd. Whether that brings positive attention or negative attention your way, the attention is still on you so use it to your advantage.

What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
Being able to perform at a Power 105.1 FM showcase. It was a really exciting experience! I have to throw a second thing in here. Also, at this showcase after I finished performing, I was approached by a person I had never met before who told me that he’s been following my music for a while and he rocks with it.

What is your inspiration?
I have a couple of inspirations. I’m inspired to leave a legacy behind and be remembered. I’m inspired by greatness to say the least. Musically I’m inspired by Eminem, J. Cole, Logic, Hopsin, and many other artists. Knowing their stories and their struggles and knowing that they made it out gives me great hope and inspiration.

Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Yes I do. You just have to know what the people want, what your demographic of listeners are, find a way to expose yourself to the masses, and network with the right people. In present day hip hop/rap there are a lot of “artists” who I feel bring no substance at all in their music but they’ve made it very big.

Where can we find you on social media?
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/atgmuzik
Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/atgmuzik
Facebook: Ant Tha Giant
Instagram: @atgmuzik
Twitter: @atgmuzik