“Be yourself and perfect your craft. If you always want to be better, then you learn endlessly. Knowledge is power.”
Check out the interview with Sneak Harris exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
SKILLY: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
S.H: I started as a DJ/producer about 6 years ago, really developing my craft. I listened to a lot of the Cooking Soul, J Dilla Production. I describe it as a mix of Big Krit and Harry Fraud. Classic 808 Production from the beat machines. I started my journey in 2011 creating the Digital Sneakerwire. I began with podcast, then I moved to be a media director at an internet radio station. Then I moved on to Media Content Editor at The Hype Magazine. That plugged me with a lot of independent artists and veterans.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
I would say to the youth to be yourself and perfect your craft. If you always want to be better, then you learn endlessly. Knowledge is power.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Being a DJ, you move at a fast-paced. Music is innovation. Your catalog can change in a night. As a producer, the constant grind and lab funk, bad smells, bad days.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
I tend to use word of mouth and networking digitally to gauge a following. One artist will talk to another artist, and others will support by passing the love. As hip-hop speaks, spread love. It’s the Brooklyn way.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
My music came from an east coast Hip-hop influence. But the West Coast always shows love. And the dirty south artists represent. It’s all in my music cross-influences. I am a worldwide DJ. I produce at my home based in San Antonio, TX.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
Honestly, I see myself reaching the music masses. Experimenting with new technology and technics.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
Pete Rock, Rakim, J. Dilla, Wutang Clan. My Pops I respect his mental toughness. He still doesn’t get exactly how accomplished I am as an indie artist, but he respects my skills. In today’s world, I look up to the Hip-Hop Forefathers Jayz, Rick Rubin and the Brooklyn heads.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I agree with the new wave of artists in Hip Hop. I prefer a more classic 90’s era shallow tempos heavy bass phonic. But the movements in Chicago and DC are solid. As an alternative to youth. Survival of the Fittest.
Thanks! Where can we contact you and find you online?
Contact me at Premier Kicks 101 Vintage Sneaker Business. Follow on Instagram @sneakvault
Follow on twitter @sneakvault
Or email me at Sneakerwire@gmail.com