“Over the past few years I’ve perfected my craft and been able to win two prestigious awards at The Akademia Music Awards for best hip hop/pop for my single “Running Man” (2014) and best rap/pop for my single “Smooth Operator” (2015).”

Check out the interview with Daze The Nomad exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Daze The Nomad: I started to take my music career serious in the summer of 2000 in Jersey City, New Jersey. The first time ever in the booth is when I hooked up with producer and mentor Deo who guided me through the ropes while he was working on the album U Got Miilk with Miilk Bone who released a single with Biggie Smalls. Also, I’ve worked with Norman “Storm” Bell (CEO of Purfek Storm Group from Jersey City who currently works with Ky – Mani Marley (son of the great Bob Marley).

Over the past few years I’ve perfected my craft and been able to win two prestigious awards at The Akademia Music Awards for best hip hop/pop for my single “Running Man” (2014) and best rap/pop for my single “Smooth Operator” (2015). I believe hard work and dedication is the key to success.

What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
I feel the best way to promote yourself is to be very active on social media like Facebook and Twitter. Network and interact with fans, producers, and etc. on a personal level. Build a one on one relationship. Have a professional website to be your main social platform to attract more fans. Have a budget because nothing is free in this world. Remember what works for you may not work for others and vice versa; manage your money and time wisely.

What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I will like to become a motivator speaker/advocate/activist when it comes to the foster care system.

What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
Being around fake people. Also, not having enough money to finance your project(s).

What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
I’ve come from all walks of life growing up in the foster care system in the state of New Jersey. Camden, NJ is my hometown but I’ve lived in other cities. Now I currently live in Philadelphia, PA. I represent Camden right across the bridge from Philadelphia. It has its crime and poverty like any other struggling cities in America, but with the right leadership it can become a great city like it used to be.

The rap scene in New Jersey is mostly an underground scene between two major cities. For example: if you live in north Jersey then you’re next to New York City and if you live in south Jersey then you’re next to Philadelphia. Overall the Garden State has so much history when it comes to the hip hop music scene.

What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
My advice will be to never give up even when you get discouraged. Write, write, and write. Perfect your craft to the best of your capabilities. Stay well grounded and humbled. Lastly, be around positive people that can help advance your music career.

What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
Winning a prestigious award at The Akademia Music Awards in Los Angeles for best hip hop/pop song for my single “Running Man” in 2014. I also won another award for best rap/pop song for my single “Smooth Operator” in 2015. It’s great to finally get the recognition that I deserve, but I still have more work to do.

What is your inspiration?
My inspiration is other peoples’ achievements.

Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Yes, with the right set of skills and people in your circle then the sky is the limit.

Where can we find you on social media?
Official Website: www.dazehiphopmusic.com
Twitter: @daze_thenomad
Facebook: dazemusic2
Instagram: @daze_thenomad