“I honestly think the future of music is now. The format is all online distribution. It was a lot harder when we had cassettes and CDs. Now all you do is upload it and bam there you go.”
Check out the interview with Cyr The Don exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Cyr The Don: My friend A.B. Arias and I had gotten a four track Tascam recorder from mutual freind Woo Garza. We had a regular tape recorder before that and would just play beats in the background that A.B. would make on his Korg N364. A friend of mine, William “Dolla Bill” Evans, and I made an album called Hood Politics; it was mixed by DJ Rapid Ric and my friend DJ Koop. It was well received by rap fans and I think the fact that Ric was hot at the time helped more people be drawn toward it.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
Word of mouth is the best. I’ve heard from people all around the world that love my music. The Internet age has definitely helped in that department. I have fans in Brazil, Japan, the Netherlands, Australia, China, Mexico, and Canada. It’s really crazy and I’m just glad that the people that listen to my music genuinely love it.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
Being mostly Mexican doesn’t help much to be honest. I think people are coming along as far as racism, but it’s like we don’t get the same recognition. I’m raising my son as a single father and I have a lot of responsibility, the biggest challenge is just making time to record. I write all the time and A.B. is always sending me beats. I’m lucky to have a producer as one of my best friends.
I think the greatest challenge as an independent artist is keeping doing your own thing and to navigate the business as you see fit. The majors are always going to be bigger but nobody said they’re better. I have a lot of love where it counts and that’s all that matters.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
It isn’t shit, Corpus Christi is the home of Selena; of course you know that story. Hate comes from all angles. Like Pimp C said, “Boys frown when you up and smile when you down.” I’d like to see it get better, but our city is still growing and expanding. I’d also like to see more support from local radio but we shall see how that goes.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
I honestly think the future of music is now. The format is all online distribution. It was a lot harder when we had cassettes and CDs. Now all you do is upload it and bam there you go. Look at Post Malone, he blew on Soundcloud. I think the future is now.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Just keep doing you. Never let anyone tell you what you can or can’t do. Be your own boss.
What inspires you to write your next song?
My mother. May she rest in peace.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
I always make sure and have a concept beforehand and usually write a hook first. Then I go over ideas for beats with A.B. or I’ll have a beat first and just write to it.
What do you think makes a great song?
Honesty. Also, I think the person singing or rapping has to feel it. I don’t believe in people ghostwriting for me. I’ll never perform or record a song someone else wrote.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Official Website: www.cyrthedon.com
Mendez mixtape: www.datpiff.com/tape/746319