“Instead of being a part of today’s era, I recommend being different.”

Check out the interview with Big Love exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.­­­­

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Big Love:
I started writing songs at the age of 12. When I was in school some of my friends and I used to make little raps and freestyle during lunch. After a while I started taking my songwriting serious. When I turned 16 I started recording. After my first recording experience I started pushing my songs and people started feeling me. I had my first performance in 2014 and ever since then I started pushing myself harder and harder to be more than the next person.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
When I drop a song I automatically drop it on Soundcloud. After I dropped it I put it on Facebook and Twitter and tagged people in it. I get people to share it as much as possible. Same with my music videos. Sometimes I pay for promotion with the different teams that I interact with to really boost my plays and views.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
The greatest challenge would have to be home town support. You have to be popping in other states or cities before your local audience really supports you. People you know swear that they support you, but they only support what they want to support and not the artist as a whole.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
I’m from Monticello, AR. In my hometown everybody wants to rap but nobody is serious. I don’t like the fact that some of the people in my home town actually have talent but don’t do nothing about it. I like the fact it gives me more exposure and it makes me feel like I’m the only one representing.

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 think the future of music is going to be more comedy then realism. Artists now have the same flow and they all use different auto tune settings to make them sound a certain way or more different. Instead of being a part of today’s era, I recommend being different. I tell myself how I can take a record and make it sound different every time.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Make each song you create sound different from the last. Have fun. You can’t let the business side of being an artist overcome the fun in making music. It’s an art. It’s your art. Be creative.

What inspires you to write your next song?
Different situations inspire my music most of the time. I usually write about what I know, what I’ve been through, the situations I face, what I’ve seen, or what I’ve heard. I try to keep it as real as possible.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
I choose a beat first (most of the time). As I’m listening I write down the first thing that comes to mind or I freestyle a few bars to see if that’s the rhythm I want to take or the bars I want to use. Sometimes I write the hook first. Other times the verse might come first. It all depends on how I vibe with the beat.

What do you think makes a great song?
In my opinion to make a great song you need a catchy hook, hard lyrics and punchlines, and crazy ad-libs. Me personally, I love to ad-lib. If the hook is catchy and it sounds good and the verse has some good punch lines then you are set. As soon as you add the right ad-libs at the right time then it just boosts the song up to whole different level.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/big-l-o-v-e
Twitter: iam_BigLove
Instagram: Biglove.iam