“You have to fight for your opportunity and once you get that opportunity, you have to fight for your spot.”
Check out the interview with Charles Devon exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Charles Devon: I grew up in Detroit Michigan where I started singing at a very young age. I used to perform for my family during holidays and gatherings and pretty much for anyone who would pay attention. I attended Detroit School of Arts for high school where my love for music grew immensely. However, it wasn’t until I moved to Tucson, AZ in the summer of 2012 that I started writing and performing my own music with a band around the city.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Silence the noise and the nay sayers ok? Listen: family, friends, enemies, and strangers will speak into your life so negatively because they simply don’t understand your dream. Always stay true, believe in yourself, believe in God, and trust the journey.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
In this industry everything is a challenge. You have to fight for your opportunity and once you get that opportunity, you have to fight for your spot. I think the hardest challenge for me is remaining true to who I am and what my gift is. LA or “La La Land” can chew you up and spit you out if you let it. Remaining true to yourself in all aspects is hard, but can be done.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Social media has served me well thus far, there is so much you can do to optimize listeners and viewers. I think also having a really nice and functional website is a great idea. Also, posting your music in online groups and blogs is good too. Just get your music out there. Give out CD’s, give cards with USB drives, contact social media personalities; never stop promoting.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I live in Los Angeles. The music scene is over saturated and a lot to take in. However, the city has amazing artists and some of the most loyal fans. I have a crew that comes to just about all of my performances to support and it feels great to have people in the audience who knows your music.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
Man, great question. A year from today I just want to be successful in my own right as a singer, songwriter, label executive, and host. Shout out to my podcast This Ain’t A Movie.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
I have a few inspirations. Luther Vandross, Anita Baker, and Chaka Khan. Top three artist that have inspired my sound and artistry thus far. They all just had that thang you know? In today’s world I really like Tory Lanez, Sam Smith, Adele, and The Weeknd.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
You know, music is always changing and always evolving. I don’t think music is the same as it was in the 80’s and 90’s, but I am not mad at the creativity and expression that the artists of today have. My thing is, if it makes you feel good then put it out. Chances are it will have the same impact on someone else.
Where can we contact you and find you online?
Facebook: Charles Devon Music