“My advice is to really think over your day-to-day activities. If most of your time is spent figuring out how you can better your music, then it becomes easy when you finally figure out how to reach people (which now any regular person can do if they utilize the internet correctly)…”
Check out the interview with Chinedu exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
SKILLY: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
CHINEDU: It all really started the summer after I graduated college (At the University of Illinois). Throughout my last year in school I started really thinking hard about what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. At the end of the day I knew two things; One, I didn’t ever want to work for someone else, and two,I absolutely did not want to go through with my original plan of going to medical school. That same summer, I packed my bags, moved to Los Angeles, and never looked back.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
Music is only one of my outlets. I am also a model, an actor, and a fitness entrepreneur; just to name a few. I use everything to promote each other. I already have people that know me for a lot of different things other than music (mostly fitness related) and the more that grows, the more people I can show my music to (along with whatever other project I have going on at the time).
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
The greatest challenge that I faced at one point, was getting my music heard once I decided that I was good enough to start putting myself out there. I was able to overcome that challenge pretty easily by using the internet. Other than that, I don’t face too many challenges in the entertainment industry. I really only focus on myself, while having fun and making friends along the way. I’m not too worried about anything else.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
I grew up in Oak Park; it was right outside of Chicago, so everything that happened there trickled on straight to us. The hip-hop scene was so strong that every other kid I grew up with wanted to be a rapper. I never really liked how I literally lived a block away from having a Chicago zip code, but was never really allowed to say I was from Chicago until I moved away.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
I don’t know how to explain it exactly, but music is definitely changing. I can only speak for hip hop, but there’s a completely different feel now than there was in the music industry just a few years ago. I think that record labels as we know them today will soon be a thing of the past. They’re already becoming dinosaurs because of the internet/social media. There are still some perks for sure, but your average artist that otherwise would never have been heard, can now reach out to as many people as they want, all without a big label backing them.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
The biggest word of advice that I can give to upcoming artists that are trying to achieve success is not to overthink it. If your music isn’t catching on then there’s usually only one of two things wrong; there’s a problem with the way you’re marketing yourself, or there’s a problem with your music. My advice is to really think over your day-to-day activities. If most of your time is spent figuring out how you can better your music, then it becomes easy when you finally figure out how to reach people (which now any regular person can do if they utilize the internet correctly).
What inspires you to write your next song?
I’m usually inspired by a mixture of everything that is going on in my life at that particular time, with what was going on in my life previously, with what I would like to happen in the future.
What do you think makes a great song?
I think that a large piece of the musician should always be in the song, while at the same time making it relate-able to the people that the musician is trying to get his/her message across to. Once that musician can do that to anyone; no matter what the listeners original music genre of preference is, then that artist has made a great song.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
I’m all about social media! Connect with me here: