“People will not take you seriously if you don’t take what you do seriously. I know it’s tough to do a lot as a starving artist, but if you want it bad enough, you need to make it happen.”

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

SKILLY: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
D.L: Between 2005/06, we were established as one of the up and coming talents outta of Dayton, Ohio a city of workers and grinders. Either you had a job, or you got it out the mud. We used our skills to make something special as a team known as Da League. We have opened for big names, and done plenty shows. Since the beginning, we have a big catalog of music we were signed in 2016, so ten years of hard work paid off. So now we are going to another level in our journey of music. It has been an adventure, but it is well worth it. We appreciate and love music.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Stick to it. Even when they are told to stop, or told they cant do it. Always reach your highest level in life. Advertise the shit out your music. Learn the business end. Pay for everything, don’t ask for free stuff. People will not take you seriously if you don’t take what you do seriously. I know it’s tough to do a lot as a starving artist, but if you want it bad enough, you need to make it happen. Go to as many networking events you can. Meet people. The music business is all about who you know, how you handle your business, and not so much on talent. Get your self-aligned with ASCAP, or BMI, and register your works. Never give up, and stay focused. Hard work really pays off. Put your faith in God and everything will be ok.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Overcoming adversity, and seeing through all the BS that the game has to offer.

We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
The internet! The promotion game is crazy to navigate weeding out the vultures that prey on independent artists. It’s a rough road, just make sure to check people out, if they are legit, then you will see that in reviews online.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
Dayton is one of the roughest cities in America. We have a huge drug problem with I70 and I75 running through the city. So we have seen a lot. The artists are always jocking for the top spot in our city. We see past that and we are looking more worldwide. The fans are hungry for someone to bust through the city bubble and make it mainstream.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
Doing music at a higher level. We see our selves elevating and with a little luck on a bigger stage. For us, it’s about progressing. Better music, better business, and more knowledge.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
Biggie, 2Pac, the whole Cash Money movement, Nas, Jay Z, DMX, 8 Ball MGK, Scarface, Outkast, Snoop, DJ Quik, Bone, and many many more. We love music. As far as the business end goes Dame Dash, Jay Z, and Master . We have yet the listing to an interview where we did not learn something from those guys.

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
We fell like this new wave is just that a wave it will be gone just as fast as it come. It’s different from everything in the past, new beats, new rap styles, new business model. That’s the beauty of rap/hiphop it is almost a breathing entity it morphs and changes a lot. It is always evolving, no other genre of music can say the same. We respect it for what it is. Some of the new guys have some hits some don’t but they are out here grinding and we solute that.

Thanks! Where can we contact you and find you online?
You can find us everywhere.
Our record label’s site: http://www.tamarecordlabel.com/da-league
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DaLeague937/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/lxg_dayton
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/daleague937/
Other Links: http://www.numberonemusic.com/beatpunishers
Other Links: https://www.aliveshoes.com/da-league
iHeart: https://www.iheart.com/artist/da-league-31354987/
VEVO: https://www.vevo.com/watch/da-league/twerk-it/USLZJ1729801
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/da-league/1159794480