“Living in Wichita overall is very laid back and somewhat quiet. The music scene here is rapidly growing and we have a very large pool of talent here. We have so much talented artists/DJs of all sorts.”
Check out the interview with BuddyRoe exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
BuddyRoe: Growing up I never really paid much attention to what the artist had to say, more so was listening to the beat and how it made you move. Living in Wichita, KS I ran into someone that changed my life completely. Larry Thomas (RIP) and I collectively worked on music always honing the craft of creating beats. This was the point in my musical journey where my mind opened realizing that there was tons of great music throughout the world besides the south.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
You cannot take shortcuts in this business. Network and build a business relationship with a very strong and certified promoter. Collaborate on creative ideas to promote your music and their company as it will go hand in hand. Network with other artists, make their fan base your fan base too. Network with as many DJ’s as you possibly can.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
What I ultimately want to become is just successful. Owning my own record label giving other artists an opportunity to be successful. Owning a clothing line in which I have in the works. Own property to be able to give back to the community.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
The hardest thing about being in the music business is learning to balance time. Learning how to set aside time for your family and friends. They definitely need you just as much you want the music. Also understanding that these are some of the things that you may have to sacrifice to be successful.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
Living in Wichita overall is very laid back and somewhat quiet. The music scene here is rapidly growing and we have a very large pool of talent here. We have so much talented artists/DJs of all sorts. Sometimes we do feel like it’s “Kansas vs Everybody” for being overlooked, but we just love music and will and have worked with everybody.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
The best advice that I can give is to stay humble. You cannot let this music business console your ego. You have to stay hungry. You have treat every moment like that first moment you had. Stay consistent. You can’t treat it like a part time job or voluntary work.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
The best thing that ever happened to me in my career was linking up with Devon Bray of Bray Films. He was the first videographer that brought my first single “Potential” visually to life. I was impressed with his work as well as he was with mine. We’ve constantly worked throughout the years and even to this day we are still working with each other.
What is your inspiration?
My Inspirations are my kids and my family. Those that are around me who have been very motivational. Most importantly my grandma who has been the biggest influence thus far to not give up and to continue even stronger than before. I wish that that she was around to enjoy the success of her grandson.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
I do believe anyone can be successful in today’s world of music. It’s really about how much work and grind you put into it. Staying creative and innovative is key. Reinventing yourself without losing yourself is important for being successful. Don’t follow the trend, be the trend.
Where can we find you on social media?
YouTube: Buddy Roe
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