“I’d say the saturation of music and the day and age … where anybody can upload music to the web. It makes it so much harder to find good music … It’s a challenge that’s for sure, but the cream always rises to the top one way or another.”
Check out the interview with Bvndo exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Bvndo: I began recording about 4-5 years ago when I met up with a very well-known musician named Balance. From there he took me under his wing and became my mentor. I’m on the label SINFUL Ent. I have music on iTunes and Google Play, and as well as multiple mixtapes on Datpiff. I get radio play regularly from Twin Radio and other outlets. I’m a sponsored artist from Rude Boy Asia, and had placement in Coast 2 Coast Magazine, Indie Nation, and RBL Magazine as well.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
I feel like you’ve got to spend money to make money especially as an independent artist. I’m always looking to get on every blog and every music outlet as possible at whatever cost. You can never have too much exposure.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I want to be able to make a career out of the music, get paid to do what I love on a daily basis, and provide for my family with it. I have big dreams such as charting on the Billboards, having successful albums, and getting a front row seat at the Grammys as at least a nominee whether it be as an artist or a producer. I feel like the sky is the limit.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
I’d say the saturation of music and the day and age of the music scene we’re in where anybody can upload music to the web. It makes it so much harder to find good music these days due to that reason. It’s a challenge that’s for sure, but the cream always rises to the top one way or another.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
My area has a pretty big music scene with a lot of hungry artists. The lack of support from the community as independent artists is a struggle. I have my core fan base and they seem to follow my music, but I feel like the city could get behind artists more in a positive way and uplift it a little better. I reside in Pulaski, Virginia in the 540.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Just stay at it, stay owning your craft and creating good music. The naysayers are going to come but that shouldn’t discourage you from creating and following your dreams. Work to get better every day and don’t give up. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication and time spent in the studio. Just got to stay grinding.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
I would say getting placed in Coast 2 Coast Magazine with Slim Thug, that was super dope! Getting recognized on a national platform from a small town like Pulaski was amazing. I’ve grinded hard to get where I’m at and I don’t plan on stopping till I’m there one day.
What is your inspiration?
I have a lot of musical influences, but the main inspiration to keep going on and not give up is to just be able to look my mother in her eyes and tell her she doesn’t have to work anymore. I want to return what she’s given me by taking care of her the way she has done for us growing up. That’s my number one inspiration. That woman’s amazing.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Yeah, somewhat. It seriously only takes a hot beat with a catchy hook to put the internet on fire and lift you to superstardom. But staying there is the real key, longevity and consistency for years and years is real success in my eyes.
Where can we find you on social media?
Official website: www.bvndoHQ.com
Facebook: Dee Wilson