“What I don’t like about it is that New York has lost it’s voice. A lot of NY based artists are trying to sound like other styles to fit in instead of staying true to what a NY style artist is. It saddens me to see this because it makes it seem like we are no longer unique…”

Check out the interview with C.P. exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

SKILLY: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
C.P.: I actually started in junior high school. I was accepted to a performing arts school (Harbor School of the Performing Arts) on a vocal scholarship. Before that, I knew I could sing, but was not confident I could do it on a professional level. After being accepted, I saw that I could hold my own and even act as well. Touring and performing around the NY tri-state area, and even out of the country made me see that I can do it. I fell deeply in love with the music industry. I saw this was something I definitely want to do as a profession and not just a hobby.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
Outside of the obvious performing at showcases, I use social media like any and everyone else, but I do something called “Cover Song Thursdays” or “CST”; where I do a cover song every Thursday to showcase my skills and love for all kinds of artists. My band members join in on the fun as well.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
In today’s business, it seems like no one wants to support the up and coming artist until they hit a certain plateau, which is very challenging due to the fact that many labels want to see your following. Many of us have a following but not all of them truly come out when it counts. It makes it look like we have no one supporting us. That makes my journey of getting to the top that much harder.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
The music scene in New York is very saturated and congested with good music and not so good music. What I like about it is that it makes you work hard to be better than the next man or woman and gives you a tough skin when grinding out here especially with NY being the Mecca. What I don’t like about it is that New York has lost it’s voice. A lot of NY based artists are trying to sound like other styles to fit in instead of staying true to what a NY style artist is. It saddens me to see this because it makes it seem like we are no longer unique.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Make sure your business is in line first before anything else. Make sure you have a good team that is in your corner to support you. Lastly, never lose your love for the art and never stop reinventing your craft and skills.

What inspires you to write your next song?
Everything and anything can inspire me. My first love is songwriting. A word, A beat, something I saw, an idea; anything and everything inspires me.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
I need an idea. Once I have the idea, I can build my song together. Having a beat makes the song writing process much easier but it all stems from the idea for me.

What do you think makes a great song?
A great song has a perfect balance from start to finish with different highs and lows; valleys and mountain tops. The song can tell a story and make you feel like you have experienced what the artist is talking about. When that connection is made, you know you have a great song on your hands

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
All social media outlets such as:
www.facebook.com/iamooakcp
www.twitter.com/ccaldwel1
www.instagram.com/cp_caldwell
www.soundcloud.com/chocolatep
www.google.com/+charlescaldwellIAmOOAKCP
www.youtube.com/chachidaone1
www.iamooak.com

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