“Just seeing other artist’s stories and other successful people and how a lot of them came from the bottom. That’s inspiring.”

Check out the interview with Chino Marks exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Chino Marks:
I’ve been writing since I was 14. I studied and networked for a couple years when I was in high school and kind of stopped making music in the midst of doing that. I turned 20 and knew exactly what I wanted to do and that was taking the initiative to actually make music my career because I felt like I did my homework. I shot my first video “No Respect” in June 2015 with THD (of Unsung Media) and the rest was history from there.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Study, do your homework, stay consistent, and network. Be good to people too. I was always told your voice can get you a long way. No handouts. Invest in yourself. Work for your place. I’m still working for mine so we’re all chasing the same thing. Create art, think outside of the box. Too many rappers, not enough artists.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Just maintaining personal life and music life can sometimes be difficult, but all in all I try to remind myself that I’m not gonna be in this position for so long. I know staying dedicated, being patient, and remaining confident will help me in the best ways possible.

We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Facebook, Twitter, etc. Honestly, anywhere I go I’m telling people who I am. I’m making conversation with them to let them know I’m a cool guy, so it wouldn’t hurt to give me a listen.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I represent Chicago and Hammond (a city in northwest Indiana) about 20 minutes from Chicago. I’ve lived in Hammond a good majority of my life and I feel like a lot of the artists in my area have so much talent. As for the fans, they aren’t as diverse as Chicago or any other major city. It’s kind of harder to capture the attention.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I honestly don’t know exactly. I do know a lot further into my career that’s for sure. Everything to me is just improving. Everything to me I prefer to be unexpected, I just like it better that way. Hopefully something great comes along my way, but for right now I’m just gonna continuing working and gonna see what I can accomplish while remaining humble.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
Just seeing other artist’s stories and other successful people and how a lot of them came from the bottom. That’s inspiring. I struggled too and I see what my mom does and I do this for her, for my family, and people that believe in me. Chance The Rapper also inspired me, he has succeeded being an independent artist from Chicago.

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I like some of it. I’m very open to what music has to offer. I won’t really talk down on it because every artist has a different sound that obviously captured the right people’s attention. If you don’t sound the same, you attract people of all sorts. No matter what, people are gonna like what they like and who am I to tell them they can’t like it?

Where can we contact you and find you online?
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/kidd-chino
Facebook: Chino Marks
Twitter: @Chino_Marks
Instagram: @Chino_Marks