“Keep at it and don’t let anyone tell you that it is impossible. If they do, you tell them that patience is well rewarded and good things come to those who wait.”
Check out the interview with Darnell (D~BOY) Johnson exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Darnell (D~BOY) Johnson: It all started in my home state Kansas. At 15 I started freestyling with my brothers. We rapped day in and out and eventually started recording over instrumentals, but that only made my passion grow from wanting to be a rapper to producing to owning my own recording studio.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
Advertising, promoting your music, social media to help build your fan base, do performances every chance you get, word of mouth. It also helps to know somebody who knows somebody. Don’t give up.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
Known, respected, and at least one platinum record, but a gold would be an excellent start.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
Having the patience to let it fall in place for one and all the people who want to try to deter you from doing what you want to accomplish.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
Tulsa is alright. I like the size, it’s spread apart. Denverroe also throws shows at least once a month. In fact, before I moved here to Tulsa Lil David from Denverroe contacted me and I performed in Joplin, MO where I opened up for Lil Flip. Overall living in Tulsa is worthwhile in my opinion, casinos are everywhere.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Keep at it and don’t let anyone tell you that it is impossible. If they do, you tell them that patience is well rewarded and good things come to those who wait.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
Meeting Celly Cell and Luni Coleone at Table Steaks in Lakewood, CO. Performing on stage and in countless venues. Hands down the number one greatest thing to me is to be somewhere and hear someone bumping my music.
What is your inspiration?
Female writer/vocalist/studio owner Christina “Icesis” Springer is my biggest inspiration. We met almost a decade ago online and have been very close ever since, even though we have not met in person, you would think we have. Family, friend, and fans but also the critics for unknowingly giving me that extra push that everyone needs once in their life.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
If music is as important in their lives as mine, then yeah without a doubt they can be. With the right actions and help anything is possible.
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