“I was groomed more as a writer, thus my weakness is my freestyling (mediocrity). Thus is something I am working on constantly. One just has to find his/her comfort and drive.”
Check out the interview with Don Hemingway exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Don Hemingway: For starters I am an up and coming artist out of Mobile, AL. Not only am I a solo artist, I am also part of a rap movement called First Class consisting of myself (founder), my 1st cousin Veli, and Meechie handling our public relations. But damn, Veli and I have been music fanatics since I can recall. Just about everything we did involve music.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
As a starving artist I had to learn the value of networking. Social media is a source of free advertisement; do take advantage of it. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat have become my best friends. Engage with your audience. Fans and those who support you like to feel appreciated for the support.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I definitely cannot give you the master plan, but trust First Class has major plans that run much deeper than rap. Until that time comes we are remaining focused on just dropping more music. We don’t aim to drop just anything either. Meechie told us he wants nothing less than bangers, or as I like to call them “Sick Apes.”
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
Honestly your success depends entirely on you. I uphold myself to high standards as does First Class. I was groomed more as a writer, thus my weakness is my freestyling (mediocrity). Thus is something I am working on constantly. One just has to find his/her comfort and drive.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
Mobile, AL has a rich history in music. Hell we are the true founders of Mardi Gras. As far as the rap scene Mobile has a lot of young talent trying to make it (Rich Boy being an example). My city has a heavy arts agenda which I admire.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Be yourself, believe in yourself, and always keep God first. Always find time to practice your craft, and watch out for “crabs in the buckets.” Don’t worry about circumstances right off, first focus on your music. Most importantly have fun doing whatever you do and strive to be the best.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
I have been writing since 2013, yet I did not start rapping until recently on my birthday on July 15, 2016. I dropped my first two tracks “Pinball” and “You See It.” It was the absolute best birthday present I could give myself.
What is your inspiration?
Doe B and Bankroll Fresh, rest in paradise to both. I dedicate my music career in part to Doe B because he was on the road to putting Alabama’s name on the map before he was killed. Bankroll Fresh knew how to put together a mixtape. The majority of his tapes I can listen to from beginning to end.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Most definitely. Lil Yachty said so himself that he could ad lib a whole song and still drop a hit single. I choose to uphold myself to high quality music.
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