“My experience has been solely based on a piece of music or a beat that I can feel something extraordinary in how it makes me feel.”
Check out the interview with Chris Hagan exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Chris Hagan: Through a very close family friend of my parents, a guy by the name of Gregory Dennis. It all started when I would post video clips of myself spitting several bars of different songs that I had written over some familiar beats that most people could relate to on Facebook. Greg saw one of the video clips and wanted to know if I was serious about doing this as a career versus continuing to play pro basketball overseas.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
Being that I have management (Gregboy Entertainment Group) in which I am contractually obligated to, most of that is coordinated by my manager. I am also very active with social media networking which is exactly how we came across you guys, here with Skilly Magazine.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
Having a solidified promotion and marketing budget to be able to create a demand for people to hear and want to buy my music. It’s all about supply and demand, if there is no demand there is nothing to supply. Overcoming this challenge only pushes me to work harder in doing as many shows of exposure as possible.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
In Houston the most popular and current artists would be Destiny’s Child/Beyonce’. Houston has really grown in the industry following a close race behind Atlanta and New Orleans. There are ups and downs, so I just take the bitter with the sweet. I’m all about bringing back music that matters and bridging the gap between hip hop and the word of God.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
Being that music is an international language, it will be here for much longer than my lifetime and yours. It’s art in its rarest form. We as a human race love music, so I believe it’s here to stay. Artists can be more involved by giving back to each generation before and after them. Children are our future, and God is everlasting.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Just keep working to perfect your craft and to not be afraid to take constructive criticism. One can never stop learning. Be patient and never give up because dreams do come true only if you put it into action and never be afraid of hard work. My father taught me that. Shout out to my dad, Kenneth Hagan.
What inspires you to write your next song?
The spirit of God, my beautiful wife Chantera, and the desire that I have to want to see every living soul come to Jesus for peace of mind.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
My experience has been solely based on a piece of music or a beat that I can feel something extraordinary in how it makes me feel. Being that I was a drummer in my church, I can feel a dope beat when I hear it as well as a good melody and harmonies.
What do you think makes a great song?
Keeping the melody simple and a great hook. There’s a reason the chorus is called the hook, it’s what hooks you to a song. The song topic needs to be something of significance with a message.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Facebook/Gregboy Entertainment Group LLC