“Another challenge is gaining listeners. I’ve learned in order to gain listeners, it all starts with how much work you put into getting your music out there. I’ve learned you have to pay attention to detail and treat your music as a resume for a job opportunity.”

Check out the interview with Coraezy Hitz exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Coraezy Hitz: This all started when I was a toddler traveling with my mother. My mom was a traveling local artist at the time. She would take me and my little brother with her to various churches and we would watch her play the piano with her live band. Seeing that at a young age created a drive for music within myself.

By the time I was a freshman in high school I recorded a fair number of mixtapes. Even though I took a ton of verbal criticism and got rejected over half the time, I eventually got my handful of friends who supported me and encouraged me to keep going. I purchased my own studio equipment to the standards of my liking and I’ve been recording from my house ever since.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
My biggest advice would be to never let other people’s judgment stop or hinder you from continuing to record. I’ve received a lot of no’s before I got a single yes.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Some of the hardest challenges in my position is finding the time to juggle it all. Between my full time job, selling tickets for my next show, writing new music to perform at future shows, editing and mixing/mastering my own music to the best of my ability.

Another challenge is gaining listeners. I’ve learned in order to gain listeners, it all starts with how much work you put into getting your music out there. I’ve learned you have to pay attention to detail and treat your music as a resume for a job opportunity.

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 best way to promote and advertise your music is to upload it online. Post it for people to listen and download it for free. I’ve learned that good music will spread itself. If you give people easy access to your music, you get a better turnout when it comes to advertisement and gaining a crowd for future shows.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I was born in Columbus, Ohio, but I grew up in Pataskala, Ohio which is a different county in the east side of Columbus. Where I’m from it’s much slower than other big cities. It’s really laid back and full of open fields. Literally the “sticks” as some call it.

I honestly enjoy the peace and quiet I gain there. My city has a tremendous amount of talent. I can say that we have a variety of up and coming underground artists. The fans are incredible and very supportive. They’re honestly not just fan’s, they’re personal friends.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I see myself traveling and working on my music full time. I’ve came a long way as far as sustaining my independence. I’m very confident that I’m on the right trail to doing so.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
The people I look up to are Tech N9ne, Kendrick Lamar, Rittz, J. Cole, Krizz Kaliko, and many other underground artists that made a name for themselves. I totally relate to the way they came up in the game and I’m definitely inspired and consider those people my biggest inspiration.

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
As far as underground music and indie artists, I love what I’m hearing. There are some incredible up and coming artists. But as far as current commercial hip hop, I’m honestly disappointed. I feel like a lot of current artists lack the drive to push their pen.

Where can we contact you and find you online?
Official Website: www.coraezyhitz.com
Facebook: @coraezy
Reverbnation: @coraezyhitz
Email: rae_benson@yahoo.com

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