“The only thing I dislike is that so many of the most talented people do not pursue their dream. They just sit here and rot in the city. They are not confident when they should be. I know they can make it.”
Check out the interview with Bubba Grump exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Bubba Grump: I have always loved music my whole life and have been a musician since I was 9 years old. By 29 years of age I owned a flooring company and was making great money, but it wasn’t worth it and I honestly spent my money on my past addictions.
I wasn’t happy and one day I just packed up my dog and recording equipment, and gave up my business. I got in my car and drove all around this country networking and putting out my music. I did this back in 2011 and haven’t stopped living this way since. It’s been wild.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I started out on Soundcloud and started networking with artists from all over the world. I built relationships with these artists and we often did global collaboration projects together and cypher tracks. This way each one of us got our music blasted out from country to country worldwide.
I also friend request anyone from anywhere on Facebook. I actually become real life friends with many of the thousands of the people on my Facebook page. I don’t even usually tell anyone I am an artist unless they ask. Eventually I share it with them and they appreciate it much more for just being a friend and not just a person who wants to share music and nothing else.
I’ve met many of my fellow artists in person and actually drive from coast to coast just to meet them and do work in person. I love the way I approach it because the friends I have made is all the payment I could need for my work.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
The biggest challenge for myself is myself, not the music business. I do my best to stay positive and motivated and hungry. I can say the music business is what you make of it. Know that if you want to be a star or famous or respected or heard, you best stay on point in your life and how you treat others – whether in real life or especially on social media.
The people you want to see you may be watching your every move and you might not even know it. Many of these big dogs in the industry are on your friend’s list disguised as someone else. I know from experience. So watch your step and act right.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
My hometown is Lowell, Massachusetts and I think our music scene is incredible. Many of my friends have blown up and made it to the top and we all have love for one another. It’s a city of talent and a city of people who know struggle and who are hungry for better.
The only thing I dislike is that so many of the most talented people do not pursue their dream. They just sit here and rot in the city. They are not confident when they should be. I know they can make 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?
The future of music will be amazing. It always has been and always will be. The one thing artists need is unity and love, even if they don’t write about it we all need it to get through the struggle of life.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Network and build relationships anywhere and everywhere. Do people right and take criticisms with gratitude. Be humble and always move forward to the dream even when you feel hopeless. It will pay off, I promise.
What inspires you to write your next song?
My travels and intense life of past drug addiction and violence. How I have overcome many obstacles and what I see and live every day of my life. I have endless things to inspire me because I am about seeing the human race become more positive as a whole. Our world is spinning out of control seemingly. It will never do that though it’s all a mind trick. I put out a message on every track to awaken our people to rise up above the darkness trying to consume us all.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
I just write lyrics all the time. I go through intimate beats until I can actually find the one. I lay out my vocals and boom, you got a new track just like that.
What do you think makes a great song?
Anything from the soul, something real.
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