“Always look at what you want to achieve realistically because if you think you’re gonna make one track and be a millionaire then that’s just not going to happen.”

Check out the interview with DanTheRealist exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
I started weighting lyrics when I was younger, around the age of 8-9. I was laughed at for being rubbish by my older brother and his friends. And for that reason I just carried on and seemed to want to prove a point that I am not as bad as he made out. I then progressed to bounce music and emceeing over the top of it and somehow it just worked.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
For years I’ve been doing bits and bats, here and there, and never really found I was getting anywhere. I then felt I had to ask myself “where do I want to get to, how am I going to get there, and what am I going to change to make this happen.” So I started again, started working with local talent, and pushing my stuff on Facebook.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
To be different and not be like anyone else. I’ve struggled for years to think I wanna break through, but the only way is to be you and no one else. Never focus on anyone, just do you and keep pushing.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
For rap there ain’t a lot of things going on in the area which is really upsetting, but then I look at it as an advantage to do stuff that no one is doing. A lot of people say they are doing things and they do music, but no one is actually doing it.

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 believe it’s going to be more updated and more technical. New genres of music will be adapted by the music industry and it’s always evolving. Artists can be more a part of this by being themselves and always willing to try new stuff while sticking to what they no.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
You’re going to get knocked down and told that you can’t do what you want to do, just pick yourself back up and keep trying until you can’t anymore. Always look at what you want to achieve realistically because if you think you’re gonna make one track and be a millionaire then that’s just not going to happen.

What inspires you to write your next song?
Experiences I have been through. I tend to bottle up everything, so I write what’s deep inside my subconscious; stuff that I’ve been through, bad break ups, etc. I can never talk about them, but give me a pen and paper and it will flow. If I try to write something else I tend to get writers block because it’s not true to how I’m feeling.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
Normally start off with a melody in my head, then get my producer to make the beat that I’m thinking off, then get the beat, then lay the hook, and after that I will write lyrics. Get all that recorded, get some adlibs on, and then leave it to my producer.

What do you think makes a great song?
Passion, feelings, experiences, and a lot of time. You can’t rush.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
YouTube: DanTheRealist
Facebook: Dan Warrilow
Twitter: @DanTheRealist
Instagram: @DanTheRealist