“The best thing that has happened in my career is people telling me that my music changed their life … Music is therapeutic for me. So the fact that certain people can listen and connect with it the same way I do, it’s special.”

Check out the interview with CeD exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
CeD: I started making music when I was 10, I’m now 20. My friend E and I used to make music in my mom’s basement and we made a group called C&E. We didn’t like the music we were hearing on the radio so we thought about it and decided lets just make the music ourselves. I’ve been making music ever since. Now we’re in a group called Sotrioty which includes E, singer TaeJauN, producer Joseph LeViege, producer Blizz, and graphic designer Tommy Kennedy.

What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
It’s funny because promotion is something I need to get better with. I focus so much time on my music that I forget about the promotion at times. I think the best way to promote is to be creative with promotion. You have to do something different than most artists aren’t doing.

What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I just want to make the best music the world has ever heard. Period.

What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
I think the hardest thing is trying to get people to listen. There are so many artists out there that are repetitive and that are doing whatever they hear on the radio. They have no originality. When a good artist actually comes around and tries to get people to listen the people will think he’s just like everyone else and won’t even give the artist a chance.

What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
I’m from South Jersey. There are some really dope artists out there, but the music scene’s not big at all. If you want to get known out of South Jersey you’re going to have to push yourself 10x harder. I actually moved to DE for school and I’ve been here for almost 2 years. Overall I love where I’m from. Shout out to the 856!

What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
My biggest advice is don’t get caught up with what type of music the radio plays or what type of music the world likes. Never try to imitate. Be your own artist. As long as you love your music that’s all that matters. The fans are going to come as long as you perfect your own craft.

What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
The best thing that has happened in my career is people telling me that my music changed their life. That’s why I make music. I make my music to help myself out of situations. Music is therapeutic for me. So the fact that certain people can listen and connect with it the same way I do, it’s special. It’s amazing really.

What is your inspiration?
I’m inspired by life in general. My biggest inspiration has to be my dad resting in heaven. He’s the person who taught me all about music. My mom too, she put me on to a lot of great music also. My biggest musical inspirations are artists like Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, and Kanye West.

Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
I feel like anyone can be successful in life no matter what you do. You just have to work hard and work smart, never give up. I know it sounds cliché but it’s true. Never let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. If you believe in yourself that’s all you need, that’s all that matters. Keep faith in God and keep pushing.

Where can we find you on social media?
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/sotrioty | www.soundcloud.com/ced1996
Twitter: CeD___
Instagram: Ced_StaySoulful