“I feel an artist’s self-promo game has to be strong first, as far as trying to get some exposure goes.”
Check out the interview with Darion Scott exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Darion Scott: Getting inspired by great music and realizing that I had a talent/gift with creating music and playing instruments. Once I realized that, I knew I wanted to start contributing the art form and letting the world hear, see, and feel my sonic paintings.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I use social media to promote my music. I connect with fans and other artists at my performances. I also try and go out to the mall, college campuses, or other spots to hand out physical CDs and spread the word about myself. I feel an artist’s self-promo game has to be strong first, as far as trying to get some exposure goes.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
Having to maneuver through the bulls**t, having a talent, but trying to convince the world of why I’m better, different, or more unique than the other millions if not billions of up and coming artists trying to also make it. I overcome by continuing to stay true to my artistry and by realizing this is a business, so making sure to not get business and pleasure mixed up all the time.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
There’s not really anything that I dislike about the music scene in Seattle. I like the ambition, the determination, and the passion the other up and coming artists have. The music scene is real unique, but compared to other coasts our list of artists isn’t as extensive. I like it that way though because that gives me more of a chance to showcase my talent from a rap perspective being that there hasn’t been that many big hip hop acts.
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 feel that once there is nobody writing for hip hop artists and once there is no redundancy and mediocrity in the game that the future of music will be even more dope. It might sound weird, but I’d ghostwrite for just about any genre except for hip hop. Artists can be a part of it by continuing to be creative. Thinking of ways that’ll push the culture forward for the better.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
I’ll give em’ the same advice that I give myself which is to have patience and understand that it’s probably not going to be as easy for an artist at first. Also, be willing to put in hard work and be willing to master your craft, your sound, your cadence, and just knowing that there’s other artists working hard to get to the level of success that they want to be at also.
What inspires you to write your next song?
Some people say, “You’re only as good as the last good thing you did.” I feel like I raise the bar for myself so trying to top my best work is always a fun little challenge.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
Trying to live life, trying to get out and experience things to where inspiration comes to me. I know people say “no idea is original” or “it’s nothing’ new under the sun,” but I still try and find ways to say things in a way that hasn’t been done or said a particular way yet.
What do you think makes a great song?
Multiple things, but I feel capturing a moment in a record is dope. Life is all about capturing the moment. Where the listener feels where you’re coming from even if the listener hasn’t necessarily experienced or witnessed that moment yet. It’s just dope that we have the technology and electronics to be able to do so.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
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