“Some of the hardest challenges and tasks in my position is making sure that everyone on the team is on the same page and not straying away from the part they’re supposed to play … Even though we do have our own personal lives, it’s about making sacrifices. And in the music industry that’s what you have to do to be successful.”
Check out the interview with Baytey exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Baytey: It started back a while ago living in a place known as Pioneer City, a neighborhood in a small area in Severn, Maryland which is about 20 minutes outside of Baltimore in A.A. County. I always had a special love for music. I started taking it serious when I teamed up with my childhood friend Adam “Addiemak” Arnwine in 2001 and Lawrence Carabani and started Kaz Records which was more of a crew than a label. From there we put out numerous records in the early 2000’s and created a small buzz within our area. In 2009 I started a label that is now known as 100 Muzik and I’ve been on the move ever since.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
My biggest piece of advice would be to just be yourself. In this industry, every artist feels like following a trend in music is the best way to make it. But what they fail to realize is that trends fade away and now you have to find another trend to make you hot. When you are true to yourself, the music you make will also be true as well as relative to the people because true music is timeless. It’s about longevity, not being hot for the moment.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Some of the hardest challenges and tasks in my position is making sure that everyone on the team is on the same page and not straying away from the part they’re supposed to play. If we all stay focused and have a strong work ethic it’s not going to be as strenuous to be persistent and consistent with putting out music. Even though we do have our own personal lives, it’s about making sacrifices. And in the music industry that’s what you have to do to be successful.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
The best way to promote and advertise is through the internet (social media, website, etc.), especially for indie artists that are working with an indie budget. It’s cost efficient and you have a broader audience that can be reached. Also, people who are true core fans can stay updated with what you’re doing on a daily basis. It’s more intimate because they feel like they’re right there with you.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
Honestly, I think my city, the artists, and fans are extremely dope. There’s a lot of talent in the D.M.V. and the best thing about it is now we are finally getting the recognition for the musical talents that we were blessed with. The fan’s in the D M.V. are some of the most supportive and will ride with you as long as you are consistent.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
A year from today I see myself having a level of success where I’ll be able to put other artists from my area on and give them a chance to be heard so that they can become successful. But until then, I keep grinding so I can make it happen.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
Truth be told, I can’t say that there’s a person that I look up to. I definitely get inspired by the people because the people that I see come from the same struggles and go through real life situations just like me. I can understand that. I try to express these struggles (whatever it is) in my music so that the people know that I understand because I’ve been and still go through things like that.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I think today’s music is dope. Some music I can really get into and some I just don’t prefer to listen to. But what I do love and appreciate about today’s music is how it evolved to become very popular, especially hip hop. There’s so many different artists coming out and making some phenomenal music as well as the producers.
Where can we contact you and find you online?
Facebook: @Baytey | @100Muzik
Twitter: @warren baytey
YouTube: @Warren Baytey