“We want to become successful and be noticed, at least have something played on the radio and have a number one song on Billboard. We want to make it in this industry, but everyone has their time. It’s our time to show our true colors and skill level.”
Check out the interview with DC Mack & Khaotic Jake exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
DC Mack & Khaotic Jake: We started just doing it as a hobby, but began to enjoy it much more and we became more passionate about it. Before we bottled up our problems, and the music became an escape. We could express how we felt through it, it shielded us from any conflict. There’s no greater feeling in the world like there is when you enter the booth.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
The first would be handing out CDs, then YouTube, then picking a hot single and going to open mic clubs, then networking with different people from different states and having it spread. Word of mouth plus taking constructive criticism and molding your product to make it better.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
We want to become successful and be noticed, at least have something played on the radio and have a number one song on Billboard. We want to make it in this industry, but everyone has their time. It’s our time to show our true colors and skill level.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
The funds; coming up with the money for studio time, videos, promotion, photography, beats. It all costs a hefty chunk of change, but you got to factor that in. You have to invest in yourself because if you don’t, who else will. You got to brand yourself and what you’re selling, which is you’re product.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
There’s no music scene, especially rap. We have the Merle Fest every year but it’s mainly country and blue grass. The town’s small but growing. Nothing much to do here, but we make the best of it.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Just never stop and if you progress each year it’s a sign you’re coming along. Keep your head up.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
It started as joking rap, comedic and landed on Tosh.0. It was fun and had a blast. We’re wanting to take away from that and let people see a much serious side, something never seen before.
What is your inspiration?
We don’t know what it is to tell you the truth. There’s just something in your heart that you can’t let go.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Yes, everyone has a shot. Just depends on how hard you shoot for it and you’re connections.
Where can we find you on social media?
YouTube, Soundcloud, iTunes, and Spotify. The name is literally spread around.