“Anyone can rap about anything. It takes metaphors and similes to really take a song to the next level. That is why people love Lil Wayne. He raps using a wide range of similes and metaphors to get his point across. But, rappers like J. Cole and Kendrick paint pictures with there words. So it takes combining those things to make a great song. A great song doesn’t always become popular either. Sometimes the hidden gems are better then the single…”
Check out the interview with Kidx_ exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
SKILLY: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Kidx_: I started my musical journey as a singer covering popular YouTube singers J.r. Aquino and Jeremy Passion at house parties. But music has always been apart of my life because everyone in my family raps. Bulletproof, my father, paved the way for a lot of artists in Orange County. He was the one who sparked my interest in becoming musical. My brother, Yung Proof, is the person who helped me with my delivery and style. Rapping came to me over time when I would sit in the studio while my brother and dad would record. I would write verses just to keep for myself. I was embarrassed to share them, but as time went on I became more comfortable around the booth. I dropped my first rap song called “Low Key Simping.” I loved it, so I wanted to continue, but our studio crashed and we went without music for two years. Then one day we had a friend come over and help set us back up. Scott Sesuj brought music back to my life, and from that moment I haven’t put my pen and pad down.
What inspires you to write your next song?
I am inspired by every thing in my life. Every situation has a story to be told and different perspectives they can be told from. The biggest thing I like to do is come with a concept and write a story around that. My interest in films also helps me tell stories within my song because I can see the scene in my head as I write.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
First,I find the concept, then I listen to the beat and feel my lyrics out. Once I catch a rhyme, I start writing down my thoughts in a certain writing structure that helps me organize my thoughts and bars easier. After I finish writing, I change any bars I feel are weak, or doesn’t go with the song. Lastly, I record in my home studio.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I promote my music through Facebook. The whole spam your friends with your music thing haha. I also promote through Soundcloud and Reverb Nation as well. I also do performances around my city to help my sites get more hits.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
My biggest challenge is reaching a wider audience. I promote a lot but getting people to listen to your music is hard because everyone raps, so they think “here goes another guy with basic music.” That’s why I put my everything into every song I make. I overcome this by continuing to promote and make quality music. So, when people listen they want to hear more.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
The music scene is very big in Orange County. I like that everyone makes different types of music and people push themselves to be the best in the OC area. I love that my biggest competition is my brother. He pushes me to make the highest quality music that I can. What I don’t like, is people who don’t like collaborating with each other. I would love to make music with some of the people around my county, but some just don’t want to do the same.
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 will be conscience rap. In my own opinion I’m not a huge fan of the Young Thug type music. I like music with meaning. The innovators of the future will be Kendrick Lamar, Drake, and J. Cole. I feel like artists need to write real relatable music in order to stay with the future of the rap industry. I make music that a certain audience can relate to but everyone knows are real situations.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Stay true to your craft. I will quote Bruce Lee, “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.” You need to establish your style and then make the best quality music you can.
What do you think makes a great song?
A solid concept and passionate rappers. Anyone can rap about anything. It takes metaphors and similes to really take a song to the next level. That is why people love Lil Wayne. He raps using a wide range of similes and metaphors to get his point across. But, rappers like J. Cole and Kendrick paint pictures with there words. So it takes combining those things to make a great song. A great song doesn’t always become popular either. Sometimes the hidden gems are better then the single.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
I’m on Twitter and Instagram @kidx_
On Facebook www.facebook.com/kidx714
On reverbnation www.reverbnation.com/kidx1
On soundcloud www.soundcloud.com/Kidx-3
And my personal FB www.facebook.com/Xavier.m.barnett