“Everyone wants to be the best but not many want to work together. On the east side though, a lot of artists are starting to work together and actually make it better for everyone to make music and just live.”

Check out the interview with DJ @Fro exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

SKILLY: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
@FRO: I’ve always had a big love for music growing up. My mom used to keep me in church and there I started to become involved in music and other theatrics like plays and presentations. From there I learned to follow my passion and be true to myself and all those around me and started taking choir and theatre classes in middle and high school. In high school, I became more adjusted to performing and being in front of people. I was in numerous musicals and vocal choir concerts and took home many cities and state solo/ensemble vocal events through the high schools. Around the time of my senior year, I left home and I met some friends in high school I began staying with. One of my roommates was a music lover and had a little home studio with recording equipment so. During the time I stayed there, I was always trying to record some shit and be in the booth. A week or two in my friend taught me how to use the equipment and I started recording my own tracks. At that time we used a free recording DAW called Audacity and I released my first song ever on Reverbnation I believe, called Angel Lust. After that, I went MIA for a couple years going through life and not being able to record until I started buying my own equipment. Within a couple years of meeting an amazing woman whom became the mother of my child and working hard, I eventually bought everything I needed to start making music myself. Literally the day I got my laptop, I already had everything I needed, so I downloaded Audacity and got to work. It wasn’t until around december of 2016 I started to learn more and network and start reaching out to other artists and producers in the city and around the world. The first song I released, which all my links lead to, was written that February in 2016. It wasn’t until 2017 when the company DistroKid came into play, that releasing the music to platforms was affordable for me.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I do almost all my promotion free of charge. I looked for as many free promotional things as possible on websites like revebnation and Facebook ads to post and spread the music. I just recently bought a sticker maker machine to make free to low cost stickers for people to have.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
The only challenge is finding the right opportunity that doesn’t cost a lot and doesn’t rely on waiting. I’ve met many business entrepreneurs in Milwaukee that have done a lot of successful business with me and a lot of other people. Their guidance and knowledge they give me is worth the somewhat downfalls I face.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
The music in Milwaukee is getting better than it used to be. It’s different depending on the environment really on the northside most people don’t really fuck with others cause it’s kinda dog-eat-dog in Milwaukee. Everyone wants to be the best, but not many want to work together. On the east side though, a lot of artists are starting to work together and actually make it better for everyone to make music and just live.

Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
The future of music is more club and dance music like EDM. Because as technology advances so will ease of access tools and music tech as well. I’ve already seen people make music off lights and colors and such so if it gets to a point we can make music by thinking that’ll be the zenith of music for humankind.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
It’s very simple and it can’t be fabricated. Be yourself, stay yourself, have confidence when performing and recording and don’t ever limit yourself always try to find a way around your problems.

What inspires you to write your next song?
My inspiration is drawn from my family, my kids, my life, and what i can teach to the next person.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
When I make a song, I usually listen to beats for hours till I find inspiration usually by freestyling words. Once I hit a good subject or a good sound, I work on the structure of the song like the flow, the bars, the message. After that, I’ll decide to buy the beat or make one myself. After all the recording, I mix and master it and then decide a plan to market before I release.

What do you think makes a great song?
Great songs are made by inspiration, support, and thought-out ideas even if it’s a freestyle.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
I’m all over social media. My links are below:

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/5ZfaO77XEPCFgpZIkaJZAg
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/what-you-mean-single/1318886801?app=itunes&ign-mpt=uo%3D4
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/music/album/DJ_Fro_What_You_Mean?id=B42yi4pv5gj5ydqeg3lmpf4ib4q