“Continue your grind. Don’t listen to the naysayers. If anything, use their negativity for fuel to your already burning desire for your craft. If you want to be an artist, figure out your niche in music and be the best at it.”

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

Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Cuse:
I started professionally recording at the age of 18. I am 24 now and have set up my own studio equipment. For the most part I am my own audio engineer, except for the help of my ABGEe HoodieGang bro AlEe and DJ Mr. Wilsawn, I record and edit my own material. 2016 was the first year I seriously hit the music scene, especially throughout the state of Missouri.

What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
I believe the best ways an artist can go about promoting themselves is for people, other than the artist themselves. It works out much better for that artist if his or her song or video is being shared by fans rather than the artist throwing it all over social media themselves. Self-promotion is key, a must.

What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I want to be remembered as a great musician/artist. I want fans decades from now to say, “Cuse made some bomb ass music. His music spoke on so many levels and made people want to be a fan.” As I accomplish my dreams and goals, I’d want to start my own record company and talent scout, along with my bro AlEe of course.

What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
The hardest thing about the business is being patient, understanding that with continued hard work, timeless hours of studio time, and the right situation things can come together and dreams can come true. Not wanting to get too ahead of yourself, completing all projects fully is key.

What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
An “F’d Up Little Town Of Nothing” is the acronym used to describe my hometown of Fulton, MO. Everyone thinks they can rap. It’s tough to get exposure because as soon as you play someone a song, instead of giving you your props or criticism, they immediately want to get in your studio and record their own song. It’s quite entertaining at times.

What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Continue your grind. Don’t listen to the naysayers. If anything, use their negativity for fuel to your already burning desire for your craft. If you want to be an artist, figure out your niche in music and be the best at it.

What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
As wrong and painful as it sounds, getting my jaw broken was the best thing for me. It gave me a quick reality check on how fast music can be taken from me. Four weeks, I sat there with my mouth wired shut in pain, not able to eat, and having a near death experience when I thought I would drown in my own vomit.

What is your inspiration?
Easy, my motivation is my son, my mom, dad, and the town of Fulton. My dad Robert Sr. passed away five months before my birth, but he named me after him before he passed. He told my mom, who wanted to name me James because he already has an older son named Rob, that he knew I would be great and he wanted me to carry his name.

Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Yes. I feel all a person needs in order to be successful these days is give effort, find what type of music they’re great at, no matter how it sounds, and push that until it lands in the right hands who can help make your dreams come true. I am a firm believer in that system.

Where can we find you on social media?
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/cuse1-3
YouTube: CuseTV
Facebook: Cuse @iamcuse
Twitter: @The1Cuse
Instagram: @Iamcuse

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