“I try to be realistic in goal setting, you usually don’t jump on the first try and touch the rim.”
Check out the interview with B. Hatch exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
B. Hatch: I’ve loved music since an early age. It started when I was young watching MJ and trying to impersonate him the best I could. Music grew for me from that point. From singing in church in my teen years, to studying rap/hip hop later, it just kept growing. 2015 was my first performance. It was in Dallas, TX and I placed 3rd for the Coast 2 Coast Mixtapes’ national talent contest.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Consistency, personal progression, and expect rough times. Consistency is in the work ethic. Personal progression should be you chasing your musical peak, wherever it is. That growth should be there the further you get into it. Rough times, you go through a lot in this life, you really do. I’ve buried two siblings along this journey.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Being heard is hard. To me, it’s one of the biggest things because in order to gain an audience you have to be heard. So whether it’s competitions, social media, radio play, etc., you have to be heard which can be a challenge.
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 think social media is a consistent advertisement that yields positive results. Everyone is trying to be seen and heard so you have to do more things than one. But outside of social media, I think performance sells you best. Nobody can question you if you go on stage and display your talent on a high level. Period.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
My city of Little Rock is tough. Your people (fans, family) are loyal to you period. But if you’re not known then it can be harder to be seen and heard. There are definitely some talented people in the city and the state honestly. If that unification of the fans and the artists can truly grow, the sky is the limit.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I see myself opening up for a major artist. I try to be realistic in goal setting, you usually don’t jump on the first try and touch the rim. It takes warming up, jumping a few times, getting your steps right. So I definitely plan to reach my peak and be seen on an international/national scale. However, I know that time has to be put in to get there.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My biggest past inspirations are plenty: Motown, Staxx Records, 80’s r&b, late 80’s hip hop. Today I have multiple: Chris Brown is the unofficial next step to MJ dancing, singing, acting, everything. Kendrick, J. Cole, Krit, Big Sean, and Drake are the Rap Gods today. They have the grit, the skill level, delivery, stage presence, and pure good music.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
Music today is 60/40 to me. The popular crowd wins out over good music a lot of times. I still don’t know exactly why that is, but there is still a lot of great music outside the people I mentioned. I’m not just saying this because I am an underground artist, but we need to support underground artists more.