“Critics. There’s always someone trying to down play or throw shade or minimize what you do as an artist. The way I overcome is to utilize that energy being misplaced and using it as fuel to go harder and be better.”
Check out the interview with B.Mercer exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
B.Mercer: Music business-wise I linked up with Coast 2 Coast Live Events because a friend of mine signed me up without me knowing and I did my first show with them and never looked back. I started to gain a lot of clout and exposure through them. You can say it all began because of them.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I do my best to just focus on the music making aspect, but in this era you have to wear different hats. What I usually do is have a team of people, a street team if you will, who along with myself just go out and tour, networking, and promo with other artists.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
Critics. There’s always someone trying to down play or throw shade or minimize what you do as an artist. The way I overcome is to utilize that energy being misplaced and using it as fuel to go harder and be better.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
The music scene is more or less the same as anywhere trap music and down south appeal has taken over. Now there’s nothing at all wrong with that, the energy is dope and a lot of hot records have come out. We’re in New York and it’s kind of lost its individuality and authenticity. It’s like we are afraid to sound like ourselves.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
The future of music, as long as I’m here and my team is here, will be found; for now it’s in shambles. Artists can help contribute to the game by being themselves instead of everything they believe is rocking or think people will like. You can’t be afraid to be different and try new things
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
As I said earlier, you can’t be afraid to be different. Be yourself, be unique, and be multi-layered and multifaceted. You have to not be afraid to push the envelope and dare to go “there” and where others won’t.
What inspires you to write your next song?
Anything, just life itself. I’m very sensitive to everything around me and a lot of times I don’t even write. I just go into the booth with my soul.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
I drink about 10 cups of coffee and tea and indulge in some “special clouds.” However my spirit feels, that’s what goes on record.
What do you think makes a great song?
Not over thinking it and not worrying about if anyone likes it for starters. Incorporating your daily life and ideals into your records I feel will make a great record.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Facebook: @mercy mio