“Everything comes to me natural. I feel like people get writers block because their music is not real.”
Check out the interview with Brandon Mays exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Brandon Mays: I have been rapping since 1999. I was a freshman in high school. My friends and I use to freestyle every day after school. We had freestyle competitions. We got so popular the whole block used to be full of cars because everybody wanted to be around us and listen to the freestyle battles. We created a group called Flowhouse and were popular in our hometown of Cuero. We recorded vocals over instrumentals for years. I didn’t get serious until 2014.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and my website for promotion. I mainly use every social media site. I pay for advertisement through social media to help get my name out there. I even perform at local venues from time to time so fans can actually see me perform. I submit music and video anywhere possible to submit music to online.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
My greatest challenge is getting my music heard. Getting my music to the right people. Nobody pays attention if you don’t stick out or have a million views or followers on the internet. I’ve paid different online promotion companies and none of them work. People in this music industry promise you the world, but at the end of the day they are out to get you.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
There’s not too much of a music scene where I’m from. Nobody is really serious about it. I get lots of love from my city, but if I go to the next city I get no love. There’s lots of jealousy and haters where I’m from. Nobody will support you until they are sure you’re going to make it or you have already made it.
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 feel like the music industry is leaning more towards the rap/singing artists and auto tune. Nobody is really into the hard core New York rap and the west coast style. Artists are really growing there fan bases on their own and just grinding independent with their own resources. I look forward to the grind and growing my fan base.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
To just grind, hustle, and do whatever you feel is right for your music. Don’t trust anybody in the music industry unless you feel it in your heart that you need to make that move. At the end of the day, keep grinding, build a buzz, continue to make moves, and don’t stop grinding.
What inspires you to write your next song?
I just love music period. I listen to instrumentals from different producers and just keep going through beats until I find one that I like. When I hear that beat that I like, I just go with the flow. Everything comes to me natural. I feel like people get writers block because their music is not real. I just find the right beat and write about my life.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
Listen to instrumentals for hours or even days until I find the right beat. I put headphones on and write everything in my iPhone. I just store all my verses and songs I’ve written in my phone until I’m able to save money to go to a studio. When I get in that studio, I record back to back songs until my session is over with. All work no play.
What do you think makes a great song?
Just being real. When the words, the hook, and the subject is real. When you can relate to it, that’s what makes a great song.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Official website: www.amaysing5music.wixsite.com/mays