“My greatest challenge is not wanting to be put in a box. I don’t make music for one race of people or one type of style. My music is for everybody. How do I overcome the stereo types? I just do me and let my actions, my message, and my music speak for itself.”
Check out the interview with Donny Spontane exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Donny Spontane: It started a few years back through a lot of hit and misses and trial and error and life’s situations. I had to find myself, question my sanity, and go through a lot to learn the game and my purpose on this planet called Earth. I feel my journey has just started.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
Outlets like Soundcloud, YouTube, and performing at events, clubs, parties, etc. Freestyling and battling in the streets. Also rubbing elbows with artists that are in the game.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
My greatest challenge is not wanting to be put in a box. I don’t make music for one race of people or one type of style. My music is for everybody. How do I overcome the stereo types? I just do me and let my actions, my message, and my music speak for itself.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
The music scene in my hometown is not where it really should be because Jersey artists lack unity and we don’t come together as a whole the way the south does. I love the artists that are repping Jersey and I like the battle rap scene, I just wish Jersey didn’t have a crap mentality. When Jersey artists get a buzz and a huge following they never want to share their light with nobody else that’s from Jersey.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
If you asked me this question years ago I probably had a better answer. I’m not really sure at this point. The game is not the same. It’s not like how it used to be. People don’t make music from the heart anymore. We have to evolve as people, yet people hate change. Music has to evolve eventually or it will fade away.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Go do something else if you think you’re going to be successful overnight. Don’t sell your soul for fortune and fame. You will be famous way before you ever start making money. You better learn all you need to know about the music business. It’s not what you think it is.
What inspires you to write your next song?
Everyday life. Worldly events. My life (the good, the bad, the pretty and the ugly). And sometimes just spontaneous creative ideas I come up with that excites me.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
I do my hooks first, then the verses. Most of the time I write my verses or sometimes I get my Jay Z on and write the words in my head and spit them out. I freestyle my thoughts poetically too. Spoken word is another way to make music as well too. I also like to harmonize certain areas in the verses or sometimes harmonize the whole verse and I do the same with hooks.
What do you think makes a great song?
A song that speaks to people that they can relate to. A song that they feel is telling their story. A song you can’t help but to keep playing it over a 1,000 times and each time it feels like it’s your first time hearing it. A song that can change your mood at any giving moment. A song that makes you laugh, makes you cry, makes you want to get your life together. Songs that help you get through the hard times and struggles a lot of us face in this realm called life.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Sure you can follow me on Twitter @donnyspontane and also on Instagram @908donnysworld. You can contact me at Dwillie908@gmail.com.