“When you’re grinding from the bottom up its sometimes hard to keep artists focused. It can be a headache sometimes dealing with so many impatient personalities and egos, but I love what I do!”

Check out the interview with Diezel The Great exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Diezel The Great:
It all started in 2001 when I was just a 15 year old sophomore. First week of chemistry class I was sitting down writing poetry when a classmate, Gary “X-Calibur” Thomas ll, asked me if I was writing rhymes. I told him sort of, but I never really tried to write a song before and he tells me writing songs is just like writing poetry to a beat. The journey into the industry didn’t start until around 2009.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
There’s one thing that I would say to anyone trying to come up in this music industry: always believe in yourself. The first step to being successful is believing in what you are doing in the first place. You’ll have to disregard the negative energy towards what you’re doing. Not many will have faith in you because they can’t see the lime light yet.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
It has to be being the vice president of D.C.R. and the CEO of D.C.R. NW and D.C.R. South. When you’re grinding from the bottom up its sometimes hard to keep artists focused. It can be a headache sometimes dealing with so many impatient personalities and egos, but I love what I do!

We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Personally I feel like any promotion is better than no promotion. Most of our artists have successfully reached the iTunes music charts with no promotion. Promotion and placement go hand in hand. If your music goes through the right channels it can have even greater success.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I grew up in Lawrenceville, Georgia in Gwinnett County. By the time I was in high school Gwinnett was notorious for drug raids, B&E, and gangs. The thing is Gwinnett is the richest county in Georgia, there was so much going on out there that didn’t make the papers or news reports because of that reason.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
To be honest with you the way the blessings seem to keep pouring in on me. I truly believe I will be another industry success story! I’m going to work hard to try and make that happen! I have yearned for the world to scream my name and I made a promise to myself to never let go of the throttle.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
Russell Simmons is probably the biggest inspiration to me. When I read his book Super Rich it helped changed my life. It taught me that I was already rich. Non music related though is the reverend Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith, founder of the Agape Spiritual Center in Los Angeles, whose teachings keep me grounded in a world full of chaos.

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I don’t listen to a lot of new music mainly because I am an artist and I’m always trying to be original. I don’t want to be one of those artist who sound like everyone else. On rare occasions I’ll listen to the radio and have heard a few newer songs. I do listen to The Weeknd and Bruno Mars though.

Where can we contact you and find you online?
Official website: www.diezelthegreat.wix.com/diezelthegreat
Facebook: www.facebook.com/diezelthegreat
MTV: www.mtv.com/artists/diezel-the-great
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/darnell-diezel-simpson
Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/atla
Twitter: @big_Diezel
Instagram: @DiezelSimpson