“Remember you are your product. Make sure your product is quality and that you believe in your product, which would be believing in yourself.”
Check out the interview with Austin Fillmore exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Austin Fillmore: Growing up music was a big part of my family. My mother grew up in a home where everyone was required to play an instrument and my father being from Guyana it was normal for them to have music blasting in the house. I associate some of my fondest memories with certain songs my parents would have on repeat.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
I don’t I have one big advice but a list of things I chose to live by based on my experiences which I feel has lead me down the path of success. Be you. Respect everyone, your elders, god, and especially your parents. Gain Knowledge. Stay humble.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
The hardest challenge I have had to face is myself If you can push and encourage yourself through the tornado of doubt, you can conquer anything that comes your way.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
I don’t think there is one thing in the art of promotion and advertising that you can clearly say is better than the other. Doing everything puts you in better positions. Remember you are your product. Make sure your product is quality and that you believe in your product, which would be believing in yourself.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
Chicago is an amazing city. I constantly tell people I firmly believe we are the best summer. There are countless kinds of artists and forms of expression in my city. The fans here are great. They love hard and party even harder. We get 4 months of solid good weather a year and when that weather hits they take full advantage of it and come out and support.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I have a lot of goals for the next year that I believe will happen. So a year from now I see myself as a XXL 2018 ‘Freshman,’ a regular on Chicago’s radio airwaves and in major cities, and having an even stronger fan base of loyal loving people who connect with every song I release.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
I think my Parents have to been my biggest inspiration. I look up to them and can’t thank them enough for all they have done and haven’t done for me. Musically wise gotta show love to the ones from Chicago who have paved the way for me like Common, Kanye, Chance, and Twista. As of right now I’m not looking up to anyone but God.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I honestly like 80 percent of the music that is coming out. It’s raw, unapologetic, and forceful. That being said I’m hoping that a more positive message comes from more of the music that is popular which is where I step in and feel my #Feelmore movement has done and will do.
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