“Things like music just always came naturally to me and I love it. It’s my art and whether it’s good or bad I want to share it. And if I can get paid doing what I love, that’s dope too.”
Check out the interview with Cleatis exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Cleatis: I grew up always fascinated with music. I always liked the musical toys. I was playing solos on the recorder in music class in elementary school. I also played alto saxophone for about 5 years and 2 of those years played first chair in the middle school jazz band.
I still love to play jazz, but I never owned a saxophone so I stopped playing. Things like music just always came naturally to me and I love it. It’s my art and whether it’s good or bad I want to share it. And if I can get paid doing what I love, that’s dope too.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
I’m still a kid myself. I’m only 18, just turned 18, so I can’t really say nothing to the kids. I’m still learning myself.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Just trying to keep level, be two steps ahead at all times, and not getting lost in the sauce.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
The internet. Because the internet is full of fans who don’t know that they’re fans yet.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
We got a lot of crazy talent in our city, it’s dope. I got a collective of talented young ass kids called theNATIon Collective. We are all younger than 20. I got this one kid, J-Sinister, I call him Baby Kanye, and he is super clean at production.
And then I got this bruh … I’m going to stop because I’ll do a roll call of all of them. But look these up: JETTi, Asylum, Cartel Garci, and anyone I’ve made a song with. But the fans are lit. They always are. I’m still not used to it.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
Probably still getting lit.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
André 3000, Childish Gambino, Gucci Mane, Fight Club, Quentin Tarantino films.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
For the most part I love it. My favorite new artists are mostly from Atlanta. Raury, Father, Rae Sremmurd, OG Maco. The Sauce Twinz are super dope, they’re from Houston.
Where can we contact you and find you online?