“They have to realize there are more ways to have your music heard and appreciated than mainstream. Once they understand this they will have the key and the advantage.”

Check out the interview with Archangel. exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
I didn’t desire to do music. I’ve always been a fan of it but never really wanted to be a person known because of it. I was writing poetry and a one person I grew up with around the neighborhood saw a poem, he felt I needed to be pushed into music. His name was Jason “Chino” Riddle, may he rest in peace. He pushed me enough to make me actually go ahead and try it out.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
The internet is the mecca now. I know I used to sell cassette tapes at school. When that changed to disc I passed those around at clubs, neighborhood, etc. I posted flyers in every urban store around along with word of mouth.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
Understanding that it is a business. Most forget that part and I did at a time as well. I felt my talent would be the proof. It’s made people aware, but in the same sense this is a business so there are other things that supersede talent.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
As far as the radio is concerned they are bandwagon. Whatever is popular they will play. The scene has been overshadowed with the crab in the barrel syndrome for years; it’s starting to look past that. With the artists that I see now they are working together to change the mindset of what outsiders believe is Memphis.

Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
I honestly have no idea. They have to realize there are more ways to have your music heard and appreciated than mainstream. Once they understand this they will have the key and the advantage.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Study the business. If you don’t understand at least 10% of this be prepared to be disappointed. This is a totally different animal and if you are not prepared you will be eaten alive.

What inspires you to write your next song?
Life and the pursuit of living.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
Idea and composition. That’s pretty much it for me. Once the dialogue is created I’m all the way in.

What do you think makes a great song?
Songwriting skills. What I mean by this is the ability to create a vision that anyone can see and appreciate. It has to be collectively matched with the production in order for it to captivate an audience.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Official website: www.itstheamannnnnn.com
YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCPwpmt97WPIN75Zu4TTzjfA
Facebook: www.facebook.com/19archangel84
Twitter: @man1startist2nd
Instagram: @man1startist2nd