“As far as the traveling aspect goes, our studio is about an hour and a half away from where we are. It can be arduous and tiring at times due to the fact that our sessions are usually early in the morning, but it’s worth it every time.”

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

Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Conceptz: My brother (Short Fuze) has been doing music long before I (Highrowglyphfix) ever picked up a pen. He was in a music group back in the early 2000s and due to differences the group split up. I started writing back when I was 16-17 and once I built up the courage and catalog I eventually showed my brother. He was quite impressed and the rest is history and here we are today.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Stay focused, don’t get discouraged, and work very, very hard.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
We’d have to say the hardest challenges in our position right now would have to be our full-time jobs and traveling back and forth from the studio. Our full-time jobs help pay for most of the things we do. As far as the traveling aspect goes, our studio is about an hour and a half away from where we are. It can be arduous and tiring at times due to the fact that our sessions are usually early in the morning, but it’s worth it every time.

We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Definitely social media and performances. Social media because there are so many outlets that you can tackle and at any moment, someone could be listening and get in contact with you. Performing because even if one person or an entire crowd is feeling your music, you know for a guarantee that you have a fan that’ll definitely follow you on your journey and possibly help and/or support your success.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
We’re located in Orange County, New York which is about an hour and a half from NYC. The rap scene up here is pretty scarce and the fans are about the same. There’s only one other artist that we know of that is doing music on the same scale as we are. As far as the fans go, we know we have close friends and family that definitely support us but to be honest, this area we’re at isn’t really hip hop savvy.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
We definitely see ourselves continuously grinding whether it be more shows, music videos, singles, etc. We learned a long time ago that each year that ends up passing us by we thrive and improve. There’s no doubt in my mind that if 2016 isn’t our year, we’ll most likely learn something valuable from it and use that intel to help us further exceed into the next year.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
If we’re strictly talking about music, than it’s hard to tell. We’ve been introduced to so many genres of music and we feel they all have inspired us to create music of our own. If you mean generally speaking, it would definitely have to be our parents simply because no matter what we wanted to do in our lives, they were always been there backing us 100%.

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
To be honest, we feel as though that the majority of artists that are emerging today – whether it being rap, pop, r&b, and so on – are simply following trends that have been happening over the last couple of years or so. We do believe, however, that there are some artists that are still producing great music but that is a very small ratio.

Thanks! Where can we contact you and find you online?
Official Website: www.ConceptzMusic.net
YouTube: @Conceptzification
Reverbnation: @Conceptz2016

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