“I think just making connections with people and creating a good team of likeminded individuals goes a very long way.”
Check out the interview with Cid Kronic exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Cid Kronic: When I was younger my grandpa was an amateur country singer. He was someone I looked up to as a kid and he died when I was about four years old. I think that had a big impact on me. About seventeen is when I actually started going through puberty and my voice started to change. I couldn’t really hit high notes, I was in choir early one, and it sounded rough. I was already very in love with hip hop. I have a singing background and I can still sing a little bit, so I decided I would try rapping. It took me a couple years to finally create a sound that I felt was/is unique and original.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
I would say my biggest advice would have to be to really just avoid what people say and ignore the hate. If music is what you love to do, do it. You have to be all in and work your ass off. It takes sacrifice. With music nothing is off limits. Strive to be different. Be original and fuck what anybody else has to say about it.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
I would say that honestly the biggest thing for me is dealing with the people around me. This world is so full of hate and it is hard to look past that. I struggle with anxiety and depression. That can really make it difficult to want to stand out and be different. It is very hard not to conform. I do a great job of dealing with it though.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
I think just making connections with people and creating a good team of likeminded individuals goes a very long way. Features help, but building relationships with others is a very big thing. Meeting people and creating long term fans is the goal. Just word of mouth and the power of social sharing is great. Just gotta find those people really love your product.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
My city is surrounded by small towns and it has been very difficult to build a local fan base. It is hard to perform because a lot of people don’t really care about hip hop where I am from. I have had a little bit of success in building relationship with people in the bigger cities that surround me. I have performed a select few times. I do have somewhat of a local celebrity status despite not being a rapper. A lot of people just like what I stand for
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I see myself rocking arenas and inspiring millions. I can honestly say with my success this far. Hitting over millions of views across my Soundcloud and really drawing some major attention by magazines, blogs, even some major artists have been showing me love. I have really established myself in a way that people from here don’t really get the opportunity to do.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My idols differentiate. The people who truly inspire me though would have to be Donald Glover and Marilyn Manson. Donald Glover is a rapper/singer/comedian/actor and he finds the time balances it all. Manson is obviously somebody who really took being yourself to a whole other level. That is someone who truly does not care what anybody thinks. I love that.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I feel as if music keeps evolving. I don’t have one set genre that I listen to. My mind is truly open to anything. Music today has evolved so much. All you can do is respect and appreciate art in whatever form it comes in. These new artists just like myself are trying to change the status quo. Bringing new styles to the table is great.
Where can we contact you and find you online?