“I will probably say this more than once. You have to be your number one fan. No one will help you get to where you want to be in life.”

Check out the interview with Doopey LaMaggx exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Doopey LaMaggx:
This all began more than 10 years ago in my bedroom. I used to lock myself in my bedroom because my mom was struggling with a crack addiction, plus years prior my dad killed his dad. I would rap what I wrote at school and it took me places. As I got older the stages in my career got more and more serious. My team and I now have a song with Kcane Marko who is signed to Sony.

What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
I will probably say this more than once. You have to be your number one fan. No one will help you get to where you want to be in life; educate yourself and prepare your mind for what you are setting yourself up to do and execute the task at hand to the best of your ability.

What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I’ve always wanted to be an actor. I love rapping, but acting was my first love. If none of my dreams come true then I’m perfectly fine with leaving a positive mark on another person’s life.

What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
The hardest thing about the music business is the business itself. Anyone can rap, but do have what it takes to be your own biggest fan? To push yourself, network, make songs, have long nights and early mornings? The hardest thing is the life of an artist.

What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
I live in a small town called Elkhart, Indiana. A lot of people from Chicago have moved here because of how Chicago is. My city used to be peaceful. The music scene here is not supportive and it’s not positive. No one wants to see another person succeed. It’s sad because a lot of artists here already think they’re famous.

What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
The best advice I can give an upcoming artist is to be original. Be yourself and write your song from your heart. You will not make the cut being like everyone else rapping and singing about guns, sex, drugs, and violence. Network your craft and be confident in everything you do and you should go far to whatever it is that you put your mind to.

What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
The best thing that has happened to me is opening for Mike Jones, DJ Clay, Cappadona, and meeting other famous faces. I love climbing the ladder of the business, but I believe the best is yet to come.

What is your inspiration?
What inspires me to write lyrics and to perform is just the memories of me first starting out. Writing has always been a hobby of mine, but once I started to do my own lyrics and play with verbiage, rhythm, and melody I fell in love with music and writing my own stories to the rhythm. The memories alone won’t let me stop writing.

Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
No, even though some of the trashiest artists are getting signed it may seem anyone can be successful in music. You have to have that drive and behind the drive you have to have the look, talent, and potential that no one else has to be successful in today’s world of music.

Where can we find you on social media?
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/doopeylamaggx
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Doopey74
Twitter: www.twitter.com/DoopeyLaMaggx
Instagram: www.instagram.com/doopeylamaggx