“Every day you have to be putting in work musically. To me it seems like that comes easiest when you really believe in what you’re doing.”
Check out the interview with Dru C exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Dru C: I always wrote poems and lyrics, but I never used to write over hip hop beats until I was about 14. It was really just fun for me at the time. For a while I never shared the shit I wrote, but when people started hearing tracks I would leak they all told me I was dope. I started performing just at parties in high school and once I graduated I really ended up taking it more seriously than I ever thought I would..
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
Personally I rely mostly on word of mouth and whatever I can get off of social media posts.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I have a passion for hip hop and I love where the industry is headed, but to tell the truth I was never somebody who you’d expect to land in this scene. For me music was always been something I found fascinating, therapeutic even. If I can use my talent in hip hop to help me live out some of my other dreams that would be some pretty crazy shit.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
I’d say the fact that it revolves around money is the biggest thing that I struggle with. Music is about love. It’s about passion and expressing creativity uniquely. When it becomes a business the love turns in to greed which I’m not really cool with. I think artists should work together to help this genre grow.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
Denver is a cool place. With weed being legal it’s kind of like a hip hop hub right now. Kids all across the city are starting to pop up spitting rhymes, but nobody has really ever popped from Denver yet. There have been a few bright lights, but no real stars.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
This is a hard place to speak from given that I feel I’m still trying to come up, but from what I can tell so far consistency is key. Every day you have to be putting in work musically. To me it seems like that comes easiest when you really believe in what you’re doing. You gotta have faith that you know what’s best for yourself and that you’re actually doing it.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
I’ve opened for some pretty big artists. Getting on Chris Webby’s Chemically Imbalance tour was probably the best just because of how big of a crowd he can pull. There’s a big difference between performing for 30 people and 300 people. Those hyped up live shows are where the whole reward is.
What is your inspiration?
My Dad really inspired me musically. He died when I was 14, a lot of my early raps were really deep and introspective as I tried to handle that. Eventually I got really into drugs and lost some really good people from my life. Hip hop was a way for me to tell my story and deal with my problems internally in a way that didn’t seem to hurt so bad or hurt anyone else.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Definitely. With the world as connected and digitized as it is today all it takes is a solid talent, a good plan, and some luck virally to really blow up. 20 years ago a kid like me could have never stepped into the world of hip hop as comfortably as I can now. As long as you have passion, you can make it anywhere in today’s world.
Where can we find you on social media?
Facebook: Drew Clement