“You should always keep making your goals bigger than the last.”
Check out the interview with Basic exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Basic: My boy Treyton and I were hanging out at my friend Steven’s house. Trey started freestyling over this beat and I asked if he rapped. He said for fun and we decided to make a track called “Medusa.” I’ve progressed so much since then. That song was my first and it was about smoking weed and all that stupid stuff. As time went on I started rapping about real things going on because I knew people wouldn’t take me seriously rapping about all that.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
I started with Soundcloud. I posted a link on Facebook to a song about my ex over Logic’s “Nikki” instrumental and I got 900 plays from it. I’ve burnt CD’s and just gave them away to friends and family and they seemed to get my name around more. Also it’s great to have merchandise.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
All I have ever wanted to be was a musician. I aim to be a signed/sponsored rapper. I’ve been at it since 8 years old and I’ve come quite a long way since then. Before that, I wanted to be an underwater welder like my father, but I’ve become way to close to music and I actually know a lot about it unlike underwater welding.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
I think the hardest thing about being in the music business is facing the negativity or overcoming obstacles. I’ve never really had a problem with money because I don’t make much doing this. But yeah, it’s hard being a musician, especially a rapper because a lot of people are gonna find out and play with your name, in good and bad ways. That’s when you step it up and make changes to better your music and self as an artist. It will all pay off, trust me.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
The city I currently live in is kinda rough. I live on an Indian reservation in Montana, city of Wolf Point. The music scene around here is interesting. A lot of people here have been getting into the rap game. I’ve done collabs with a couple and might continue to do so. It’s kind of a competition here too with this music, that’s why you gotta have the highest mindset and confidence.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Always stay humble. Put all you’ve got into it. It really will pay off. And have faith too. With whatever you believe in, have faith. It may take years, it may take months, but you can’t let yourself give up. You should always keep making your goals bigger than the last. It helps you grow as an individual and will definitely help you as an artist.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
I think the best thing that’s happened it my career was building a name for myself, especially being the age I am; 17. Along with that I’ve got 23,000 plays on one of my remixes and 2 songs have over 24,000 plays. One of them being my life story about growing up poverty stricken and having parents on drugs. But life is amazing now. I’m truly blessed.
What is your inspiration?
My inspiration is all the local artists trying to get out of where they are and use music to cope with problems or the ones who only have music. This goes out to all of them. I was mainly inspired by Logic though. He has a story similar to mine and he’s come a long way and was in a rough environment growing up.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
That’s a really good question. I believe anything is possible, it’s up to you to decide if you’re gonna make it and get out there. If you put in the heart, time, effort, and all you’ve got into it, you can make it anywhere.
Where can we find you on social media?
Facebook: Gage Anthony
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