“Listen to nobody but yourself; the minute you doubt that’s the minute you are out.”
Check out the interview with DUBEU exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
DUBEU: I started at the age of 9. I used to write poems and a friend of mine was rapping them as a joke, but other kids actually liked it and when he told them who wrote these raps kids told me I should consider it. As a kid we go through phases. One minute you wanna be a cop, a firefighter, hell even an astronaut, but this stuck to me. I started recording in high school during my freshman year using only a Rockband 2 mic and Windows recorder.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Listen to nobody but yourself; the minute you doubt that’s the minute you are out.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Hardest task is staying original without someone trying to relate your style to someone else’s.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
I advertise through everything. All you really need is the right person to hear your music and who knows what they’re utilizing to hear that fresh talent, so I use it all.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I’m from Chicago, moved to Milwaukee at a young age; recently I moved to Phoenix. I travel to all cities still. It’s all pretty much the same, you gain fans through consistency. The more you do and the more they see the more you eventually get acknowledged for. The emcees are different in each city. If I notice a distinct artist I’ll make something happen.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
Anywhere is possible. I see myself just doing what I love and having a good time doing it. Any progress is still progress to me.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My biggest inspiration was my grandma and what keeps me going is just knowing there are people out there who can’t hear my new music. Just thinking about it makes me wanna write. I look up to no one, but I definitely have a list of people I would love to work with like T.I., Nipsey Hussle, and Lupe fiasco.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
Yea I love today’s music. There’s always some good lyrical content out there somewhere.