“The hardest would be keeping a good budget to put out this great music. Being an independent underground artist, everything done is self-financed. But like anything in this world that you want, you will find a way to make it happen.”
Check out the interview with Draeco exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Draeco: It all started with writing to instrumentals back in the day. I kept at it, started making little recordings, and thought “hey, I’m good at this.” From there it went to open mics, shows, and opening up shows for some established artists. At this point it’s just making sure I put out great quality whether it’s with my songs, projects, or videos.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Invest in yourself and stay focused. If you really want it, stay at it constantly. There’s a million people chasing the same thing so every moment you waste someone else is getting closer to that success.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
The hardest would be keeping a good budget to put out this great music. Being an independent underground artist, everything done is self-financed. But like anything in this world that you want, you will find a way to make it happen. Now that I’m getting extra money from the music sales I get, it’s starting to help a lot more.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Self-promotion is biggest because who better to promote you than you. Do this through social networks and face to face meetings. Networking is a major key also, you can make connections that can help you but you can also be of help. This can help elevate you even more.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
There are a lot of artists who are all making different styles of music. You’re bound to hear something different and something you like. You could hit a spot like The Music Room in Atlanta where I did a show at and catch some great talent perform. If the fans like it then they are behind you. Once you gain a fan they’ll always check for your music and that’s what I love about it.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
A year from today I see myself with a solid fan base and making decent money from music and shows as well as from songwriting.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
I’ve always admired 2Pac. This was a guy whose intelligence and writing ability elevated him to be one of the greatest. The fact that you know what he wrote and spoke about was so real that you connected and felt it. Michael Jordan is another. This guy went from being called mediocre in high school to the greatest. He worked on his craft through everything to become one of the most dominant forces in his game.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
There’s some great music coming out today. I know a lot of people complain about a lot of the music today, but they’re not really listening. There’s some great talent out and I’m enjoying it.
Where can we contact you and find you online?
Official Website: www.draecoonline.com