“A lot of people also don’t want to see the next person come up. It’s basically like a royal rumble and every man for themselves out here.”
Check out the interview with BC “Lil Ceeda” exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
BC “Lil Ceeda”: I’ve been doing music since I was 6, but my real journey started my junior year in high school. I was in my high school’s rap group named 618 Boyz. Our manager at the time was our school’s social worker Linda Wittman who came to us with a nationwide music contest through NIDA (National Institution Drug Abuse). We entered the competition and won 1st place. We won a 3 day and night trip to L.A. for the Grammy weekend in 2011.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I do a lot of word of mouth. I let a person hear my music and tell them it isn’t me just because I want people to listen to the words in the song. After they give me feedback I run with it. I get a lot of followers like that and a lot of people in my city check me.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
I actually do a lot of studying on my craft meaning I watch people’s come up, the rises, and the falls. A lot of great artists get overlooked because they aren’t speaking about money or the lavish lifestyle they’re living. Which would you rather be, the guy who tries to fit in or the outcast?
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
I’m from St. Louis, MO. It’s crowded with talent, but a lot of it gets over shadowed by the surroundings. We hang when we know we should be making use of our gifts. A lot of people also don’t want to see the next person come up. It’s basically like a royal rumble and every man for themselves out here.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
I really don’t have input on where music is going to be in the future. I just know I want to be able to say “I was a part of the change,” whether I get a good or bad outcome from it. Just know I stayed true to myself in the process.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Do what comes from the heart. Don’t just dish out anything because of the wave right now; be yourself. Heart felt material will always last longer than anything.
What inspires you to write your next song?
Just to remind myself I still have another song in me. I challenge myself mentally to help me become the artist I aspire to be.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
I think of a subject, then the points I want to get across, and how I can come about with a different approach. After I gather all of my thoughts I write them and then record.
What do you think makes a great song?
Lyrics and concepts; that’s what I feel make a great song.
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