“I am in the process of building a youth organization through my brand called MayNothingStopYouth. Through this organization we will empower the youth through positive music and take action toward a better society.”

Check out the interview with Cliz exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Cliz: Music has been a part of my life ever since elementary school. When I lived in Pearl, Mississippi I used to belong to my school’s choir and I took part in that for years until we moved. I was an army brat so we moved around several times. Our final move was to Florida in 2006. Prior to moving here I was not a huge fan of hip hop because of the stigma of the genre.

I listened to the big names like Eminem and Jay-Z but as a whole, I was not a fan of hip hop. When I was introduced to Lil’ Wayne after moving to Bradenton, FL and I fell in love. His wordplay, rhyme schemes, and the way he would compare words and phrases together was unreal to me. That is exactly why I fell in love with this genre of music.

What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
Network, shake hands, and kiss babies anytime you are at any type of musical or entertainment event. You will never know who you are going to meet. If you perform, do not just walk off the stage and crawl into a corner. You must socialize with people and be friendly and welcoming to those who approach you. Always have merchandise, business cards, or something to leave with the audience. Make sure your Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube are on point with professional pictures, videos, and promotion for your artistry and/or brand. If you don’t take yourself seriously and act professionally, people will treat you accordingly.

What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
Being a recording artist is not my only venture. Eventually I would like my brand, MayNothingStopYou, to be a multi-versatile conglomerate ranging from artist development and music production to a full blown yoga studio for my fiancé and her ventures. I am in the process of building a youth organization through my brand called MayNothingStopYouth. Through this organization we will empower the youth through positive music and take action toward a better society.

What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
The hardest thing has to be the people you meet. The egos you run into will always baffle me. I’ve done business with people that always carry a sense of entitlement and it makes the business that much tougher because you have to sift through the real and the fake. You will have people that use you as strictly a means to an end. But after a while of dealing with people like that, you learn to figure out those people at first sight.

What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
I live on the outskirts of Bradenton/Sarasota, FL which is a great town for the older generations to retire in. That is a good thing and a bad thing because it makes the music scene less susceptible to hip hop, but these people have a lot of money and some are willing to fork a lot of it out to young talent in the area. But the overall living situation is almost bar none. Sarasota is turning into the new South Beach especially since Siesta Key Beach has been ranked the #1 beach in the nation for the past few years. More and more people are starting to migrate here for vacations and even living arrangements.

What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
My brand is the perfect advice, MayNothingStopYou. I literally made this my brand because of all the failures that I’ve encountered with few successes. I know deep down that I was made for this. I was put on this earth to tell a story to people across the world in order to instill love in people’s minds. You will find out quickly that you will encounter more rock bottom days then cloud 9 days, but all I can say is if you were meant for this do not ever quit.

What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
Just recently I released my new full length project, Personal Journal Vol. I, and it has resulted in various opportunities. First I was awarded best rap album from The Akademia Music Awards. After that, blog after blog picked up my latest album. I have landed shows all around the country from New York to California. I am now in the process of setting up a full tour because of it.

What is your inspiration?
My inspiration is inspiring others. Helping others has always been my number one. Since I was a kid I was always involved in some type of community service, one way or another. And in 11th grade my fiancé and I put together a church benefit for Agape which is essentially an orphanage for the youth. Still to this day I am getting more involved with the youth to help them achieve what they truly aspire to be. That has and always will be my inspiration.

Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
To be honest, there is one platform that makes it possible for anybody to make it today in music and that is social media. With all these websites at our disposal, we have the ability to reach people all over the world at the click of a button. It is beyond words how useful this is in today’s world of music.

Where can we find you on social media?
Official Websites: www.MayNothingStopYou.com | www.itsclizzy.com/his-music
Instagram: cliz
Twitter: itsclizzy
Facebook: itsclizzy
YouTube: itsclizzy
Reverbnation: itsclizzy
Soundcloud: itsclizzy