“I see myself a year from today doing the same work, but on a higher magnitude.”
Check out the interview with Dope Gwalla exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Dope Gwalla: It all started in a basement. I used to record songs for fun. My brother and I used to record and make balog instrumentals on a cassette tapes layer by layer. It was all for fun but later on I met some guys that also liked making music. We formed a group and started working. During this time we were working digitally off of laptops. We used to freestyle every song just to work on delivery, punchlines, rhymes, and quick thinking.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
My two cents would be stay true to yourself and keep your eyes on the goal. Work ethic and consistency is key. Never let anyone tell you can’t do anything.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
My hardest challenge is connecting with the right people. This industry is so saturated that you never know who you’re dealing with. There’s a lot of scams out there trying to take money from the young and talented. Watch how and who you invest with.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
The best way to promote and advertise your music is through social media. Social media is a good medium to advertise. With that being said, tagging a large amount of people to your work isn’t very effective means of promotion. Find a network of people that help you reach out to people with marketing strategies.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
My city? I don’t have a city. I was born in Fort Wayne, IN and I moved around a lot in my childhood. Therefore “my city” is wherever I’m at. Where I’m from the artists kinda have to the same sound as each other. Geographically we’re influenced by the Detroit and Chicago sound. The lingo is totally different and the sound is unique. The fans? There’s mostly haters.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I see myself a year from today doing the same work, but on a higher magnitude. I plan to make my music stand out. I just need to work with the right people that actually support me.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My inspirations are my family and life as a whole. I’m sensitive to people and things that happen around me. I can’t really say I look up to anyone, but I listen to a variety of people. I don’t look up to individuals because I think that makes a person want to mimic their idol.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
The music coming out today is really catchy. There’s not many artists with actual substance. I feel like the industry has dumbed itself down. There’s a lot of non-sense music getting put out. Rap isn’t cut and dry anymore because there’s so many sub-genres out there like drill music, trap music, mumble rap, crunk, boom bap, and hyphy music.