“Watch out for scams and vultures. My 2010 release was through a record company called Deka Records that was a scam. They released my music, as well as many others, in foreign markets and ran off with the profit.”
Check out the interview with Bless the Best exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Bless the Best: I’ve always been in love with the music. I started writing in the 5th grade and I haven’t looked back. I started selling CDs at church at age 12. I really started getting serious and working on my craft around the age of 16. That’s also the age I started producing my own beats. I put out a homemade album in high school featuring a few of my friends and it helped build a small local buzz at that time.
In 2007 I released a compilation album with some friends in Minneapolis. After high school, I attended Full Sail University to further my knowledge as a producer and engineer. In 2010 I released a project entitled Master of Ceremony which was produced by Stereo Symphony (Detroit) and Grand Melody Music (Minneapolis).
I released an EP entitled Love Over Lust Vol. 1 in 2014. In 2015 I released Love Over Lust Vol. 2 which is available on iTunes and all online music stores now. And that brings us to where we are now, doing an interview with Skilly Magazine.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Stay cool. Don’t let anyone see you sweat in this business. Watch out for scams and vultures. My 2010 release was through a record company called Deka Records that was a scam. They released my music, as well as many others, in foreign markets and ran off with the profit. They still owe me royalties to this day.
Last, but not least, be original. The easiest way to stand out is to be you. You have to determine what you want to represent as an artist/writer.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Keeping all of my business organized is probably the toughest challenge for me because it’s just me working by myself. From producing tracks for my projects and others to setting up time to record to setting up shows, promotion, keeping up with timelines/deadlines, and managing my website/content. Things can be pretty hectic. Having a team behind you is a must. That’s my next step.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Honestly, radio, TV, and social media tend to yield the best results from what I have seen. Having your own website definitely helps as well.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
My city is full of talent, but fans don’t really support local music because it’s not in their face like mainstream media. I’m looking to fill that void though and get good music heard in St. Louis/E. St. Louis. Fans will show up to events that they know about. We just have to get the word out.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
On an international tour, hopefully headlining shows. Building my brand and starting my record label.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My adversity is my biggest inspiration. I feel strongest when the odds are stacked against me. It fuels my fire. I look up to artists that have had longevity in the business. Nas is my favorite emcee.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
There is a big difference between what is on mainstream radio and what is feeding the underground. I don’t really rock with the new wave of music, but there is some new music that is good. I guess everything isn’t for everybody. I like substance and good content and I don’t find much of it being promoted on mainstream media.
Where can we contact you and find you online?
Official Website: www.blessthebest.com | www.blessthebest.bandcamp.com