“Portland, Oregon is very unique. People think we have no hip hop culture here, but you will be surprised about this town.”
Check out the interview with DJ Budget Money exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
DJ Budget Money: I started back in the late 90’s in Idaho. The journey through this entertainment business is a rough road. This industry is always changing. I learned to adapt and evolve with the times in this entertainment business.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Don’t sell yourself short. Remember that you may think you know it all but you don’t. Everyone is always a student no matter what level you are at in this game. Also don’t forget where it all started.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
The politics is one of the hardest things to deal with. Also business owners that think that we shouldn’t get paid what we’re supposed to be getting paid.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
The best ways to promote is hit every angle that you can to get your name out there, for instance social sites, word of mouth, paid or non-paid advertisements; basically any avenue you can imagine.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
Portland, Oregon is very unique. People think we have no hip hop culture here, but you will be surprised about this town. There is so much hip hop culture here it is so unreal it impresses me a lot. It’s like we are united here and we all see the big picture. The fans are all about this culture and other cultures. We keep it so real here and we’re always on the grind.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
Year from known I’ll still be grinding and doing what I love to do till I start pushing up daisies.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My biggest inspiration is everyone that put their work in and paved the way of this culture. No matter who is your biggest icon in this culture or just an average person, everything about this culture is my inspiration. I look up to anyone that is about his/her craft, I’m a student for life.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I have mixed feelings, but it’s an interesting subject to talk about. This culture is always changing. Like DJs we always move forward. It doesn’t bother me, just remember respect the ones that paved the way; that’s all.