“It is so hard to get your music on the radio if you don’t have thousands of dollars to invest in a good radio promoter. I am focusing on getting my music placed in advertising, TV shows, and feature films.”
Check out the interview with Craymo exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Craymo: Music possessed my soul at an early age, and I got involved in the local hometown variety show as a teenager and haven’t left the stage since. I graduated high school in upstate New York with dreams of going to Los Angeles, so I packed my bags and flew across the country.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I have used different promoters and publicists, tweet for songs campaigns. I pitch my songs to TV shows and films. I have befriended many fellow musicians and artists and we help support each other and cross promote. Power in numbers.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
Getting on FM radio. Getting to the new set of ears, gaining new fans. It is so hard to get your music on the radio if you don’t have thousands of dollars to invest in a good radio promoter. I am focusing on getting my music placed in advertising, TV shows, and feature films.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
The music scene in Orlando is getting better. I like that the clubs and venues are much more intimate here. I don’t like that it seems like everyone has a band and it is so hard sometimes to get people out to your shows.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
The internet has opened up the world for indie artists. My song “One Love One World” was brought to China and used as a learning aid to teach children English. The future is licensing. Pitch your songs to ad agencies and music supervisors. The future is still visual. I believe music videos are becoming more and more relevant again.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Seize every opportunity that comes your way, you have to be proactive. Believe in yourself. If you don’t, nobody else will. Do a Google search for “submit music” and submit to everything that is relevant to you and your sound. Don’t ever pitch a song for a TV, film, or ad project that is a style and feel that is totally wrong for what they are looking for.
What inspires you to write your next song?
Life man. It’s really organic. A song melody, lyric, or hook will just pop into my head at random moments of the day and I record them on my phone recorder and save them. As quick as they come into my head, if I don’t document it, it may just quickly leave and be lost forever.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
Write a verse that makes sense. Play with different melodies and tempos until you get them right. Write out the changes, verses, pre-chorus, and chorus.
What do you think makes a great song?
A great hook. I am a pop music lover, songs that make you wanna sing along to. Not everyone will remember your verses, but everyone remembers a great chorus hook.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Official website: www.craymo.com