“… Everything can change in a day if my music gets in the right hands. If it don’t reach that person I’ll still be doing me. It’s in my blood, I’m meant to do this and I won’t give up. All in all I can promise you I will progress more as the time goes on.”
Check out the interview with Anthony Skillz exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Anthony Skillz: Music started early for me. I was around the age 13 and when I got into high school it became more serious. Today I’m on the independent route and I’m doing everything. I’ve came a long way, that was in 2009 when I graduated so I have some experience behind me. Now I’m the CEO of an independent label called New Breed Movement.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
I’d have to say never give up. It’s a fight and not every outcome’s going to be what you want. Some of the best opportunities were because I was at the right place at the right time. It’s important to show face if you want to be an entertainer, you have to be where the entertainment is.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Independent’s tough. You have to do all the ground work yourself. As for tasks and challenges, most are financial. People don’t understand how expensive it is to do what we do. Another thing is getting people to believe in you and your work. It’s not so easy to get fans, not many people want to support us local artists.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Promotion’s key, one of the best ways to promo is word of mouth. Get out there and give your CDs out for free and show face, nobody wants to buy a CD from someone that didn’t work for it or they don’t know. Also another way to promo is social media, it’s free. All social media’s good promo.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
Welcome to Waterbury, CT, one of the most talented places in the world. There’s a lot of dope artists and people here in the “Dirty Waters,” but honestly not the most supportive place. I love this place, but everyone’s so competitive and wants more than the other. If we come together a lot more opportunities will open up.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I don’t know, it’s too early to tell because everything can change in a day if my music gets in the right hands. If it don’t reach that person I’ll still be doing me. It’s in my blood, I’m meant to do this and I won’t give up. All in all I can promise you I will progress more as the time goes on.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
I’ve always found myself inspired by the people. It’s not just musicians, it’s everyone. The guy I met yesterday at the store, Martin Luther King’s speech, the way I feel today. Who I look up too? I look up to the people that want to make this world a better place and the hardworking people that struggle every day to get to where they want to go.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
Yes and no. Music’s changed in my eyes, content’s lost and nothing’s really organic. In today’s age a lot of new styles are becoming the new thing. Trap and pop is where it’s at, everybody wants more upbeat and party music. It’s about a dope beat and a catchy hook, but you’ll see, I’ll help bring it back to where it used to be.
Where can we contact you and find you online?
Official website: www.anthonyskillz.com | www.itsnbm.com
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