“Our city really doesn’t have nothing to push us to that next level. We got to do the extra grind to get a chance by going out of town and doing venues. I came to my senses to pack up and move to a state and place myself to get that chance to be heard.”

Check out the interview with Da Competitor exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Da Competitor:
On my mother’s side we have a lot of family members that are talented in music, as well as a few on my father’s side. It started when my uncle sat me down at age 7 and taught me how to play the drums. He gave me the basics and I found my rhythm. Once I got in middle and high school, I knew this is what I loved and want to do.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
I’m a hip hop producer so my advice would be do you! Never try to be like other producers. That’s not using your own mind to create. Do what made people fall in love for what you bring to the music world.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Making a detailed beat for artist. It’s just a little more of a challenge because you will have some artists that like to have a part in the creation rather than something that comes from the heart. It’s bitter sweet at times.

We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Any blogs that you can name of go ahead and flood them with your material. Everyone stays on Facebook so I think that’s probably in my eyes the number one spot to do so at this present time.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
My city is coming up with a lot of dope emcees and producers, but we lack the music ambition here. Our city really doesn’t have nothing to push us to that next level. We got to do the extra grind to get a chance by going out of town and doing venues. I came to my senses to pack up and move to a state and place myself to get that chance to be heard.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
Doing music.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
People that inspired me to do what I do is Black Milk, Nottz, Pete Rock, Premo, Illmind, Havoc, Alc, 9th Wonder, and of course favorite producer J Dilla. I come from that type of music tree. I’m just trying to help spread and rep that type of hip hop.

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
No to be honest because everything sounds the same. I don’t know who is who now.

Where can we contact you and find you online?
Facebook: DA Competitor
Instagram: @mcduffieboy