“Show the people you’re consistent and upload your links and music to as many platforms as possible.”
Check out the interview with D-NO exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
D-NO: I started out just freestyling at school with friends; never really took it seriously. I’ve always been a fan of music, all types that’s what I did when I was upset – I listened to music. I had never recorded my voice until one year ago when I made that first song I created, it was like I got hooked. I started recording tracks every day, cut friends off, cut the world off for music. From there it never stopped.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
Social media is one of the number one ways to promote yourself I believe. Show the people you’re consistent and upload your links and music to as many platforms as possible. You may not be able to market them all, but that’s just creating more of a chance for someone new to discover you.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I want to be the CEO of my own record label and help artists like I grow into successful artists and business men.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
Starting from scratch. Struggling to get noticed. Not knowing no one and not knowing the business aspects of the game.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
I really never liked my city. I’ve always wanted to see the world. They’s no industry opportunities where I’m from. It’s just a small town where everybody knows everybody. I’ve had my share of fun in Knoxville, TN though, but I feel like it’s more to see in this world.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Just don’t be afraid to reach out to people. Don’t be afraid to get shit down. Be ready for the hate and criticism. Always show people that you’re consistent with your craft. Make yourself marketable.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
Being the first artist to get a full mixtape review on time2bring Radio show and seeing all of the positive feedback and support. That’s when I realized I really held a talent.
What is your inspiration?
The struggle. You’ll get tired of going without being in the streets with nothing. Trapped in the same city your entire life and never getting a chance to see what’s out there; that was my inspiration. I want a better future, not only for me but my kids and family.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Yes. The game has changed, you don’t have to have vocabulary nowadays; just a good beat and a nice flow. If you’re connected with the right people you’re in. It’s not how it use to be.
Where can we find you on social media?
Facebook: D-no Azan LymeLyfeent
Twitter: @d-no Azan Muhammad