“Everyone doesn’t have to be famous to be deemed as a successful artist … I don’t let the Industry dictate to me whether I am successful.”
Check out the interview with BIGHAND-NO exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
BIGHAND-NO: I begin doing music in 1989 with my little cousin for fun. The more I practiced the better I became at it. So I would write songs day in and day out. I remember a period when producers were hard to come by.
I bought the equipment and learned to create my own beats. My experiences in life and in the industry were grooming me to become who I am today and lots of work trials and tribulations is what built me.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
Conquer your city before you decide to go on tour. Be hungry, be original, and never stop creating. Consistency is the key to success. Put yourself out there for the people.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I want to be a household name that’s remembered as a great. I want to be somebody who worked from the bottom to the top and built my empire. I want my company W.A.S.T.E. Entertainment LLC. to be a prominent figure in the music industry.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
Having the balance between the art and the finances. Everything else is easy. We are self-sufficient. We are a one stop shop.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
My city has untapped potential. There is plenty money to acquire here and plenty of talented artists. Most artists don’t really support each other. We need more unity.
DJs, promoters, and radio personalities use our hunger and passion as a way to make money. The radio doesn’t play our music and only really support the mainstream artists from other areas. But it’s a great place to live because it is the capital of the world.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Grind hard and stay consistent for your fans. Stay down because that is the only way to succeed. And pull your pants up lil’ ninja.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
Directing and filming a documentary about our movement. Completing all the things I accomplished throughout my career individually as an artist and as a company owner.
What is your inspiration?
My inspiration is my god, family, and life’s journey. I create my music from emotions and the harsh reality we all face every day. We are all fighting against time. Leaving an inheritance for my children so they never have to endure the struggles I have faced.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Yes, being successful is in the eyes of the beholder. Everyone doesn’t have to be famous to be deemed as a successful artist. I would be content with a hardcore fan base that shows up anytime I have a show, drop a project, or some type of event that catered to them. I don’t let the Industry dictate to me whether I am successful. Wherever you are in your career, success is being happy with whatever you have. You can always strive for more.