“No matter how much money I can be making using my degree it wouldn’t bring me the joy that I have, can, and will make with my music.”
Check out the interview with Black Sun exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Black Sun: I started making music in high school just as something to do. I formed a group called 5-1-3 with my brother and a friend and sold our CD throughout the school. I didn’t really take it serious back then and came back to it when I was finishing up college. While in school I realized that’s not the life I wanted for myself, I was and am so passionate about my music that I can never see myself completely happy without it.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
For me the promotion side is hard. The music is only half of who I am. There is the internet which is becoming the most efficient way to promote. For me I gain the most fans at my live shows. I really am an entertainer. I can entertain a crowd without even playing my music.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
My greatest challenge in today’s business is keeping up with demand. Mainstream artists, those signed or established, are able to put out so much music in a relatively short amount of time that people get used to that. If you can’t keep up with the rate of music people kind of forget about you.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
In my hometown I particularly don’t think the music scene is amazing. Nothing against my hometown, I love it, I just feel like you have to get out or away to actually thrive in the culture. I wish more people would work together here so we can all spread. It’s like everyone is trying to be in competition with each other and at this level you’re only hurting yourself.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
The future of music is determined by the consumer. Whatever sells, that’s the way it will go. I’m not particularly impressed by its path, but that’s something I will change. It’s becoming less and less about lyrics and more about the beat and something easy for people to sing along to. Produces are the ones making the hits now.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
My advice to them is that it’s not easy. I would tell them to be themselves and if you really want it you can never give up. Also to invest in yourself or no one else will.
What inspires you to write your next song?
The passion. If the passion ever left me then I would stop. The passion is the reason I don’t have a corporate or regular 9-5. No matter how much money I can be making using my degree it wouldn’t bring me the joy that I have, can, and will make with my music.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
There is really no steps for me. I can create music from nothing, so really it’s all about building. I produce almost all of the music for my own songs, any idea can spark a song. Sometimes while making a new beat I can catch a flow and start writing the song immediately. That’s the best because you can build your instrumental as you write.
What do you think makes a great song?
For me a great song needs three things: a dope instrumental, a catchy hook, and it needs great verses. Without these things the song will never reach its full potential.
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