“I am going to be the highest paid hip hop DJ. They’re going to give me a Grammy. Let’s just say I’m the Kanye West of the DJ game.”
Check out the interview with DJ Gucci exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
DJ Gucci: To be honest you have to promote! To me the only way people are going to help you is if they see the hard work that you put in yourself! I’m a DJ/personality so I have to work extra hard because people look up to you. I’m a movement. I’m the guy who changed the way you listen to hip hop.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I am going to be the highest paid hip hop DJ. They’re going to give me a Grammy. Let’s just say I’m the Kanye West of the DJ game.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
The naysayers and the janky promoters who are wolves. All they do is ride hot DJ’s coat tails and steal all their money. It’s also a must to have your business affairs in order.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
I’m from Chicago and I love my city, but it’s super messed up because people from here don’t support each other. For you to make it in the business you have to go to other states and rock out. When you do that and all the other states are rocking with you and then all of a sudden you’re the Chicago kid.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Stay consistent. I don’t care if you have one fan or two billion, you have somebody that’s rocking with you so you can’t stop that groove. Believe in yourself and your craft, stay consistent and I promise success will find its way to you.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
We get down to Miami to go to the WMC and when we got there it was over. I always turn that grain of salt to sugar and I went onto the beach and set up. All these people came out of nowhere and it was a party, but the police shut us down. As we packed up a couple asks for my picture and autograph. They told me I was going to be famous one day.
What is your inspiration?
God’s number. In all of my walks he has been there with me standing tall. Next is my mother because she was a strong woman in life. She was always a business owner and was always the boss. She raised me to be a boss and she always told me do what make me the happiest. She taught me go for the gusto.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
No because I’m on top of my grind type of guy and it’s hard for me to make it. You can’t be lazy in this field. You got to go and make people know who you are. To answer the question, not just anybody can be famous in the true music game. You have to work for it.
Where can we find you on social media?