“As an artist if you take your music serious you should always invest your money.”
Check out the interview with Crissdawg exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Crissdawg: It wasn’t until I was like 19, I met my boy Jesse and he had already been rapping here and there for a while. I never even knew how to rap, but I started writing more and more and chasing this shit. I fell in love with it. We started our own little collective and label called SNA, and we went from recording in the closet to studios then to selling out events in our town.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
Network. That is the most important aspect in promotion you can do for yourself as an artist. Everywhere you go try to put your name out there. Social media is a must in the industry nowadays too. I personally am still building all my accounts but Soundcloud is a really good way to promote your music. You can do research and find repost pages that will repost tracks and get your music out there.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I want what many artists want, I’m chasing this money. I want to be an icon in hip hop music, I want everyone to know who I am and what I stand for. My goal is to sell out stadiums, own foreign cars, and have a mansion. I want to be able to give back to my family and my friends who were in the struggle with me. I want to open a studio in my hometown where aspiring artists can record and develop their sound for free.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
I would say the hardest thing is just paying dues in the come up. Spending all your money on your music and promotion while trying to work and travel is tiring. It’s hard to get your name out there because the industry is so flooded now, everyone wants to be a rapper or a producer. I think its dope that music itself is growing in the world, but it makes it harder. You just gotta be different.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
My city is a weird town to live in honestly. It’s full of college kids and retired old people. The music scene is really wishy washy here to be straight up. I love my hometown, don’t get me wrong, but the hip hop scene here isn’t that good. It took us like a year to really build a fan base here. It’s still a hustle to get dope turn outs in the city, but that just makes you have to grind harder to get it.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
I’m still trying to come up, but always invest in yourself. As an artist if you take your music serious you should always invest your money. That means paying for quality studio time, quality production, and promotion. I took almost a year off from releasing music to record and actually get top quality production. Once you invest in yourself and rank up your production, other artists will take you serious.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
My career is still at such a young age, but I would say it was dope to be reached out to by DBS Studios in Atlanta and being able to go there and record my first single as a solo artist. This is where Metro, 808, 21 savage, Migos, and many more have gone to work; it was really inspirational for me. Being able to work in a studio of that caliber opened my eyes to really investing in myself.
What is your inspiration?
My son, family, and my team. That’s everything to me. Without all three of those aspects in my life I would not be where I’m at today. Also, my drive to not live an average life inspires me to go harder and harder with this music. I know I was destined for this, I don’t see myself doing anything else. This is what I was put here to do, this is my passion, and this is the life I chose.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Oh yeah, definitely. It’s not just about being a good artist though, I know super dope artists that haven’t gone anywhere and terrible artists that are making moves. It’s all about your drive and your work ethic. You gotta grind for this like it’s all you got. You can’t be afraid to take losses, you can never win unless you lose. It comes down to how bad you want it and how hard you’re going to go to make it.
Where can we find you on social media?
Facebook: Chris Chafin