“The music seen in my hometown is cool, everybody’s got their own following, their own style, and their own movement going on; I dig it.”
Check out the interview with Big Toke exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
killy: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Big Toke: This all started in Orlando. My bro Lil Toke told me Preacher lived down the block so I went with him to see the studio. From there began meeting contacts. I was homeless for a while so I had to stop. When I got back up I hooked up with Loose Kannon Takeoff’s people at Trackset Studios and his camera man Loc Deezy. I’ve been putting in work ever since.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I’d say by promoting my music in the trenches and getting it to the people that are now going through the same shit I was going through. When they see my real life and they hear my music they can see the realness.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
The greatest challenge in today’s music business is getting it out to the masses. I overcome by coming with crazy new and different sounds, doing business with the right media outlets and blog distributers, and creating solid relationships with them.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
The music seen in my hometown is cool, everybody’s got their own following, their own style, and their own movement going on; I dig it. If anything, I don’t like how the city will support locals heavily from anywhere but Orlando; that shit’s crazy.
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 Orlando. Other artists can be a part of it by fucking with local artists. Artists from the city can just keep working on their crafts and get into doing business with the right promoters, media outlets, and music distributers.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Just stay on your grind, keep the pedal on the floor, and the guns to their head – ya dig?
What inspires you to write your next song?
My day one fans, people that have been jamming my mixtape since the day I dropped it and putting people onto it every day. I’m writing songs they want me to write science before I wrote songs I wanted them to hear.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
All this shit just pops up in my head while I’m living my everyday life going through my struggle. I’m just so different from everyone else, it’s just that easy for me to create my songs.
What do you think makes a great song?
Lyrics. The word play. I don’t count bars or nothing, I just listen to how the words are put together, then the flow, and the realness.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Official website: www.AftonShows.com/Toke2x