“Getting your name out there and letting people know what your brand represents is key and I feel that social media at the moment reigns king in that aspect.”
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Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Bill Perry (David): I was a rapper back in the 80s as well as a break dancer. Eventually I started the band that brought Demetrios and I together called Fadetoblaq in 2012. Demetrios and I always wanted to develop our own hip hop concept album so we started to devise many concepts for a full-length LP, David v. Goliath Vol. 1: The Epiphany was the result.
Demetrios: My start in music came at an early age with playing the saxophone and idolizing local rap artists in my hometown of Calhoun City, Mississippi. I have dropped a few albums since then, but on a minuscule scale. It wasn’t until I moved to Oxford, MS and began a pursuit into live music that I really found my place and voice.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Bill: Learn as much as you can about the business of music like marketing, copyright and publishing rights, social media savviness, and residual payments from royalties from various music ventures. And always maintain your professionalism. In this business of music, your reputation is everything.
Demetrios: My biggest piece of advice for the kids trying this career on for size is to never give up and always have a backup plan. I’ve seen too many young cats in this industry hit it hard, make a little money, and when the eventual slow-down phase began they had nothing to fall back on.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Bill: I’d have to say keeping up with all the rapid changes occurring in the music business. Staying hip to the changing tides poses many challenges for me as an indie artist because it’s all about your own hustle today; you don’t have to be signed to a major label deal to gain a wider fan base.
Demetrios: We live in a world that is currently trying to find itself again and with the introduction of social media this search has turned many of us into monsters and heroes. My biggest task is differentiating which one I want to be and whichever I choose, be that to the best of my ability.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Bill: Staying active on social media is a great and effective way to keep your followers engaged in what you’re doing. Also utilizing online networks that cater to your needs as an artist helps broaden your audience exponentially because certain networks may reach people you wouldn’t have otherwise.
Demetrios: Social media is key whether it’s via Facebook, Soundcloud, or Instagram. Getting your name out there and letting people know what your brand represents is key and I feel that social media at the moment reigns king in that aspect.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
Bill: Oxford, MS is a very eclectic town full of many kinds of artists. The venues bring in top name acts from various genres and we have many local bands that represent many styles of music as well. Oxford is definitely in the top three cities of Mississippi when it comes to an active nightlife.
Demetrios: I live in a town that still hasn’t escaped from its past. Though I love my state and the city that I live in, I understand that I am giving a dose of music that many aren’t ready to take. When you dive in to social issues and issues of race, you tend to have people turn a blind ear to the music that you speak.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
Bill: Better off than this year.
Demetrios: Making more music.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
Bill: My biggest influence is my dad, Bill “Howl-N-Madd” Perry. He taught me how to make a living as a music artist as well as taught numerous life lessons that I’m forever grateful for.
Demetrios: My biggest inspirations growing up were Threat (Calhoun City, MS), Pastor Troy, UGK, Eightball and MJG, Playa Fly, Jay-Z, DMX, Kingpin Skinny Pimp, Rakim, Tupac, Bill Withers, Johnny Gill, Coltrane, and a host of others. In today’s world I still look up to the greats, but I give my biggest nods to K.Dot, Eminem, Royce Da 5’9, KRIT, and J. Cole.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
Bill: Music is a reflection of how society sees itself. I like some things and some things I don’t. It’s a matter of extrapolating what you like from the plethora of music that is out there nowadays and not getting caught up on what you don’t like. Like the people that create it, music is not perfect.
Demetrios: I like what I listen to. We all know most music these days is trash especially in the mundane world of recycled trash, lyrics, styles, and thought processes. I tend to only stick with those who have a mind for themselves.