“I see myself giving back to my community by creating a junior engineering club for young audio engineers to cultivate in the city. I wanna give back.”

Check out the interview with B.L.A.C.K. Baron exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
B.L.A.C.K. Baron: I started in high school. My strong suits were orchestra and band. I couldn’t wait to get home and make beats. I was also in the poetry club after school. I brought my two favorite hobbies together. I started promoting the music I was creating. It was then that I felt I was primed for the industry.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Hone your skills. Never be afraid to be different. Weird and outlandish are the new black. Give your all into your music and pour your soul into it.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
My hardest challenge thus far has been making the people aware that I’m not the cliché they’ve experienced. Being independent I have to take care of all positions to ensure my success. From promotions to budgeting to merchandising to marketing.

We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
I love to promote via social media. Instagram has been my best platform allowing me to draw in fans through samples of my music. Interacting with your listeners direct is most important in my opinion.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I come from the north side of Atlanta. I love my city, we all grew up together. I get to say I had a chance to see the new wave of music cultivate in my city. Ask anybody and they’ll tell you they performed on the north side; Club Cali, the Red Train, and Texano to Mariachi. Fans out here show hella love. There’s never a time they don’t support. Gotta love the north side.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I see myself doing what I love the most. I see myself waking up to record a record about the epic night from the night before or the movers and shakers I had the chance to say I’ve met or known. I see myself giving back to my community by creating a junior engineering club for young audio engineers to cultivate in the city. I wanna give back.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
Andre 3000 was and still is my biggest inspiration. I grew up seeing Outkast and the rest of the dungeon family make a collective change in the sound of southern hip hop. In today’s world I look up to all the artists from the past that made advancements for the genre of hip hop. I also look up to Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole. They show me every day that I can write reality and still make a connection with the people.

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I’m more of a social listener of the new music we have out now. When I go to the club I listen, but I’m not crazy about the minutia we call rap.

Where can we contact you and find you online?
Official Website: www.iamblackbaron.com
YouTube: @iamblackbaron
Instagram: @iamblackbaron

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