“Footwork. You just can’t post music to websites with hopes of being discovered.”
Check out the interview with A’One “The Professor” exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
A’One “The Professor”: It all started back in high school. A friend of mine was preparing for a talent show and wanted me to hear what he was performing. That’s when I decide I can do this. Then I went home and wrote my first song. I and a couple of friends decided to do the same talent show just for fun. We ended up coming in second place. The feeling I got when I was on stage was amazing and that’s what did it for me.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
If you are passionate about it, don’t give up. Don’t let no one stop you from achieving your goals and living your dreams. At the end of the day the only one that can stop you is you.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
The hardest thing for me at this point is knowing who and who not to trust. I’ve been burned so many times in the past by people talking a big game with no results. I just leave everything in God’s hands and keep my faith. Everything happens for a reason. My blessing is coming.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Footwork. You just can’t post music to websites with hopes of being discovered. Some people do get lucky though. You got to get out there and do shows. Sell CDs. Have some business cards with your links, website, and contact info. There’s been plenty of shows I’ve been to where artists just shout out there info. Who is going to remember that?
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I come from a small city, Warren, Ohio. I love my city and wouldn’t trade it for no other city. I am the man I am today because of what I’ve seen and been through in this city. The good and bad. There are some amazing local artists in Warren. The fans here are like any other city. You have a variety. You have those who love lyrics. You have those who just love a beat that can get you dancing no matter what the song is about.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I see myself at peace with whatever the future may bring. I would love to say at next year’s BET Awards. Only time will tell. I tell you one thing, I will still be making my music.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My family is my biggest inspiration. I do this for them. I want a better life for them. Who do I look up too? In the music industry I would have to say Michael Jackson. His music is universal and will live on forever. Also Prince. What he did for people was truly amazing, a true humanitarian.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
The music coming out today is different. I honestly don’t like half of it. There are some good artists like Kendrick Lamar, Big Sean, J. Cole etc. A lot of the guys out today are an acquired taste. Not for me though. Their beats are good. I just don’t understand half of what they are saying. And the image some of these guys are painting for the youth I just don’t like it.
Where can we contact you and find you online?