“In the future music will be more independent. Since the advent of social media users/artists can create their own fan base.”

Check out the interview with Dru Paris exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Dru Paris:
I was always making some form of music as a kid. I played the guitar, I was in the church choir for a little when I was young. I was in a rock band in junior high. My brother used to rap and he passed away, so I started rapping a couple months after that and never looked back.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I use social media to promote my music and word of mouth generally. I often use Snap as a means of marketing as well, making videos that are interactive with the viewer as well as informing them about an upcoming event.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
Being heard is probably the biggest challenge. So much media’s coming from every angle. It’s up to the artist to cut through. For me I believe in networking with the right people and making quality music that can speak for itself. If it’s good, someone will show someone else.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
I don’t know much about the music scene in my hometown (Staten Island). New York as whole, yes. I love everything about the artists emerging from NY: Aboogie, Young MA, ASAP. I love it. What I hate is that these DJs play the same songs over and over again.

Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
In the future music will be more independent. Since the advent of social media users/artists can create their own fan base.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Keep grinding. All that hard work is gonna pay off.

What inspires you to write your next song?
Life itself. Situations we all can relate too.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
Listen to the beat. If I can vibe to it most likely I’ll start freestyling. From there I’ll record what I said and start writing it. I’ll edit some words and tones. When I’m done I’ll spit it over and over again. All songs are subject to change though. Even if they make it to the studio

What do you think makes a great song?
Subject matter. All great, timeless music is about something we can all relate to time and time again. Hype/dance trend songs only last so long.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Official website: www.druparisofficial.com
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/druparisofficial
Instagram: @Dru.Paris