“… when it comes to artists being more a part of it, it would just be to stay on top of the genre as best as you can.”
Check out the interview with Dalton exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Dalton: Basically it all started with me just messing around with a couple friends vibing out to some instrumentals, but as the time went on I kept practicing and I progressed. I had a couple singles I released in 2015 that somewhat got my name around my hometown, but it wasn’t until after my very first show in August of 2015 that decided I was going to get super serious about it and in October of 2015 I started working on my very first LP that later released March 11th of 2016.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
Being from a small town I’m very limited to the amount of resources compared to big cities like Toronto or Los Angeles. I focus on being consistent and promoting myself as professional as possible. Being completely independent makes it hard when it comes to funding sponsored ads, but my steady work ethic always finds a way to make it work.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
With all the different services within the internet that gives availability to pretty much anyone. It almost makes it harder to get noticed. I’m just really focusing so much time on every song giving that special quality which is appealing to the fans but, at the same time trying to stay unique as possible.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
The hip hop scene in my hometown is okay. I really love the support I get from all the people in my hometown. Without the fans an artist is nothing, so I thank everyone who has supported me and continues to do so. What I don’t like about the scene in my hometown is that some of the people who are involved in the hip hop scene are doing it for the wrong reasons.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
The way music keeps on developing at a consistent rate it’s hard to say exactly where it will be in the future, all I can really say when it comes to artists being more a part of it, it would just be to stay on top of the genre as best as you can. Keep making meaningful and good quality music and evolve with it as much as possible.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
The best advice I can give would be is just work. Also, there is going to be haters no matter where you go and no matter how good you get, so remember always believe in yourself. There’s gonna be a lot of constructive criticism, some good and some bad; always take it into consideration and if it is bad don’t be quick to get down on yourself.
What inspires you to write your next song?
Different feelings, emotions, or life events are definitely a huge influence in writing the next song. Regardless I’m always working on something. Sometimes the beat helps me find the rhythm and vibe to be creative and create something amazing.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
I’ll ether have a general idea or topic that I wanna write about. The process is usually finding the right beat that fits the mood that I’m looking for and depending on if I’m making a banger/club hit or if I’m going for something more lyrical/meaningful. Sometimes it just comes to me, but then on the other hand it may require some research on the specific topic that I’m writing about.
What do you think makes a great song?
What I think makes a great song would definitely be: great production/catchy beat, very lyrical/poetic, catchy hook, relative to the specific audience your targeting, something that has yet to be done, and must have a great mix and master.
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