“Every time you speak, every time you do anything, it should be with the intent to push forward ideas, concepts, and business.”
Check out the interview with Aristotle-Nice exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Aristotle-Nice: My history in the music business begins with the Forever Entertainment compilation CD. Shortly after that, a year or so, I dropped my first underground solo EP entitled Unsigned Truth Vol. 1 then Vol. 2 soon followed. From there Satan’s Arch Angel, my first solo CD, was made available online. The Blood River album followed and was dedicated to my real life brother Samuel DuBose who was infamously murdered by former UC cop Ray Tensing.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
You yourself is the best promotion, every artist should be his or her own walking billboard. Every time you speak, every time you do anything, it should be with the intent to push forward ideas, concepts, and business. The internet of course, communication and networking all go hand in hand; there is no shortage of outlets online.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
Successful in what I love to do which is music, and when I say successful I mean financially. I also want to be one of the most respected at this craft we call hip hop and rap.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
Waiting is the hardest thing I’ve encountered. You have to have patience or things are going to get sticky. I know you heard patience is a virtue, well especially in the music business.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
The city I live in, Cincinnati, Ohio, is a very unique place. Racial tensions are high. It’s very hilly, the weather is bipolar. The people are rude, but it’s home. The music scene is still in its infancy. It’s growing slowly. It’s not really the place for rap music. Still I would say that living here isn’t bad overall, especially when you are from here; you kinda get used to it.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Have patience, communicate, gain information, have a strong team, be resourceful, and never ever give up. Keep working smart, as well as hard. Be a sponge, capitalize off of every opportunity, keep your head up, and eyes and ears open. Be sure to give it everything you got because that is all you got.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
The release of my Blood River, my best musical piece to date. It’s likely to open a lot of doors.
What is your inspiration?
My kids, myself, my family (Bridgette Shepherd and Samuel DuBose). This is who I do it for, what I do it for, and the only thing that drives me today.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Anyone can be successful now. With the internet anyone can gain followers and fans.
Where can we find you on social media?
AristotleNice is my branding, so I am AristotleNice on every social network.
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