“I have learned to let the professionals do what they do. I stick to the creative aspect of making music like coming up with concepts and let the engineer, producer, and videographer do their craft.”
Check out the interview with City Boy exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
City Boy: I’m from West Los Angeles where entertainment and hip hop flourished. After high school I moved to Sacramento and landed in the state pen. It wasn’t until I was 21 that I started pursuing my passion for music. I slowly collected recording equipment to make beats. Before long I had a couple mixtapes.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I have recently had my promotions team focus on getting my videos in rotation on as many networks as possible. The Sacramento music scene is thriving right now and I have been teaming up with local videographers to put together visuals for all of my solos as well as supporting other local artists with features and appearing in there videos.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
In today’s over saturated market it’s tough to be taken seriously as an artist until you really take that step. I have learned to let the professionals do what they do. I stick to the creative aspect of making music like coming up with concepts and let the engineer, producer, and videographer do their craft.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
I live In Sacramento, CA and everyone I know is buzzing off local artists making major moves in the industry. The cost of living is lower here and major artists come here to work on projects. The only problem is that everyone claims to be a rapper or a producer, but only a few are really putting in the footwork to make it in the industry.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
Everybody thinks they are going to make that one song that’s a hit and is going to get them signed. The truth is that it is most likely not going to happen. It takes years for an artist to establish themselves and create their own unique sound. Artists need to stay consistent and make their music easily accessible. The future of music is in our hands.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
It is very important to set goals and stay consistent. Do something that you love and do it well. You are more than just an artist or musician and you will need to wear a lot of different hats to be successful. Don’t limit yourself and always focus on family first. Put in the work and everything will fall into place.
What inspires you to write your next song?
I try to grab bundles of beats from different producers and feel them out. I write what I feel and what I hear to the instrumentals. People sometimes think I’m crazy the way I brainstorm, but when the song comes together they understand the madness.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
It just depends on the project. I usually take some time to vibe out to the beat and then write something. I usually come back to it a couple times. When I’m done writing I’ll hit the lab and knock a song out in about an hour or so. On features lately I just show up and write something on the spot and record right then and there. I make it happen.
What do you think makes a great song?
Production is so huge. It is mandatory to have a couple solid producers on the team. I’ve got my secret combination down now to where I just spit some fire from the heart, usually some shit I’m going through at the time. Then I like to double it up and just layer it up nice.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?