“Embrace your individuality and learn to appreciate things as they are.”
Check out the interview with AtotheVee exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
AtotheVee: I began writing raps in 8th grade which would be around 2003. I didn’t begin actually recording professionally until 2007. I started taking rap more serious by trying to fill the void for substantial music and not the typical cars, clothes, and drugs raps. I dropped my first two solo mixtapes in 2014, Free Lunch volume 1 and 2.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
My biggest advice to the kids and the youth is to not hesitate on your dreams. Don’t second guess yourself and don’t compare yourself to others; this is what makes us all individual. Embrace your individuality and learn to appreciate things as they are.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Some of my hardest challenges, honestly, is just being honest with myself. Being a Libra sometimes I tend to be a perfectionist and I want everything to be perfect now. As an artist I realize growth is vital to perfect your craft. Keep working and you will see results.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Word of mouth is the best promotion. I’m a firm believer that the music speaks for itself, but you have to get people to listen to get to that point. Doing shows and interaction with the fans is crucial to artist growth. The more people that see your name the more it interests them. Even after all the promotion, it always boils down to quality.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
Originally I’m from New Orleans, born and raised. Moving to Dallas, TX after Hurricane Katrina in 2006 changed my life and I had to refocus on what was really important. In Dallas the fans are so-so, but the music scene is huge. I feel me not being from here helps me stand out from the crowd while also being appeasing to the listener.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
A year from today I see myself as one of the best upcoming artists and I will use this year to continue my rise going from nobody to a known name all while increasing my catalog and consistently pouring out quality music. I also plan to open an apparel store based in Dallas and to continue to build the brand for 6th Planet.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
J. Cole and Big Krit are two of my favorites out now because they do it all, from the beats to the lyrics to the sound. They both know themselves as artists and I live the mold they ate building. Other influences include Lil Wayne, DMX, Curren$y, Nas, Pharrell, and my favorite artist as a kid was Fab.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
Honestly, the state of music has gotten better and worse at the same time. We got legends like Kendrick and J. Cole, but we still get the occasional one hit wonder. Nothing wrong with party music, but where do we go for substance? That’s what’s missing from most radio stations.
Where can we contact you and find you online?