“The hardest thing about the music business is just the business side of things. Most artist are creative minded and typically speaking, creative-minded people aren’t always the most business savvy.”
Check out the interview with Chris O exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Chris O: I’ve been a performer for as long as I can remember. I started re-enacting my favorite movies in the basement for my late great grandfather. After my family saw my passion, they enrolled me into Cincinnati’s SCPA (School for Creative and Performing Arts). I doubled majored in drama and vocal music. I attended college in Los Angeles for acting since it was my first love. While there I gained a larger appreciation for hip hop and made my first mixtape while in school.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
I think the strongest tool that we have at our disposal is social media. I was so stubborn and hesitant to get involved in it and that came back to bite me in the ass. I wish I would’ve taken advantage of this completely self-sufficient, easily accessible way of promoting yourself and creating content much earlier.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
Without trying to sound cocky, I’m multi-faceted so I’d like to see myself succeed in many areas. I’d like to see myself succeed in my music, acting, and even comedy since, I too have a strong background in stand up and improv. A lifelong goal of mine, not dream/wish, is to be an EGOT which means winning and Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
The hardest thing about the music business is just the business side of things. Most artist are creative minded and typically speaking, creative-minded people aren’t always the most business savvy. That used to not matter as much back in the day when you just hired a manager who had the connections and knew the ins and outs of the record labels.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
I’m originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. The culture there is a mid-western small big city. L.A. is another beast. It is one of the biggest entertainment epicenters of America. Everyone out here is trying to make it, has made it, or never did. Land of opportunity, yet often referred to as land of the snakes.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Take advantage of social media to the fullest, network and support likeminded people, and stay persistent and consistent. Be yourself, don’t buy into the trends because they are simply that; trends will fade away. Don’t focus on what’s “trending” focus on being a trend setter.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
I’ve been very fortunate in my journey thus far. Many highlights worth mentioning, but one takes the cake. The best thing that has yet to happen to me in my career was working with A-list producer Jazze Pha. Unfortunately, I’m not at liberty to discuss too many details, but I can tell you that the song we’ve started working on is a sure fire banger.
What is your inspiration?
It’s hard to pin point what directly “inspires” me; however, I definitely get motivation from a few things. I motivate myself. I set high goals and do everything in my power to achieve them. My friends and family also motivate me, we love and support one another more than anyone else.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Yes. Now, more than ever, literally anyone can be successful. With platforms such as YouTube, Soundcloud, and even Instagram artists have the power to brand themselves, develop their own fan base, and create original content which is why you have so many new artists/style of music emerging every day.
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