“The greatest challenges that I honestly face in this business is the change of the way the music is sounding.”
Check out the interview with CEO Cleezy exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
CEO Cleezy: I got my start by being a big fan of this music that we call rap or hip hop. I come from Jamaica Queens and I used to watch a rap group by the name of RUN-DMC. I then got my influence from them because RUN DMC was from the same city where I started.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I promote my music in a way that it is distributed through over 30 digital outlets like iTunes, Groove Play, Google Play, Spotify, YouTube, etc.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
The greatest challenges that I honestly face in this business is the change of the way the music is sounding. For instance, I can establish a certain sound and a few months later a new wave of sound can be popular in a matter of weeks. So, by doing this I can always stay up with the times and proceed harder by adding my 808 bass lines and double my snares and kicks to add a little more flavor to it to make it differ from the modern music that’s being played nowadays.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
The music scene has similar ways to my hometown as far as the dress codes, B-Boy stances and the swag imitated by what is being seen on national television. I like it this way, but I don’t like how people compare me to other rappers’ work and ambitions.
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 the music game is going to be less creative and more imitation of other artist. Reason why is because there is no hard work put into this music no more, everyone is accepted for anything that they bring to the table nowadays. I really don’t think true art is going to be a part of it anymore.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
The advice that I can give to other artists trying to achieve success is this: stay true to yourself and this game of music and don’t let anyone deteriorate your sound or your passion for being successful in this music game.
What inspires you to write your next song?
I have to say it is my mood. For example, if I am angry I will come up with thoughts that are unusual for the average listener’s ear, or if I’m in a good mood I will be nice up to the extent as to where I would make hits (songs for the radio). My inspiration comes from my success from previous songs.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
I take no steps, it just comes in a natural form as to where I’m constantly focused on making hit material.
What do you think makes a great song?
I think what makes a great song is constantly being focused. Ready, willing, and able to be the next big star meaning you’re going to constantly rise above all the rest. Strong determination also plays a major part of a great song. I feel if a person is really eager to make good songs he or she has to know about the certain do’s and don’ts when making a great song.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Official website: www.ceocleezy.com