“The biggest challenge is to be heard and noticed over other artists … I overcome by establishing myself in as many arenas as I can and making sure I stay relevant by writing for well known established artists.”

Check out the interview with Dwane Sweazie exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Dwane Sweazie: In the beginning I was managing an artist. I was really focused on the business aspect and started writing music to help this artist along. After a while, I realized with the talent I had and the knowledge of the business I had I could invest time into myself and my own music.

I’ve always had a love for music. I grew up in a house where music was played every day. When Snoop Dogg’s Doggystyle came out my mom picked up a copy thinking it was kid’s music because of the cartoon cover art. I was hooked from there.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
Without giving away all my strategies, I’ll say that since I’ve been a writer for so long I’ve been fortunate enough to meet a lot of cool people. I partnered up with former WWE Superstar MVP and I’ve been able to promote my music using the world of professional wrestling as a medium. When MVP released his first song “Holla to the World” which I was featured on, the video had cameos from former WWE wrestlers Carlito and Shelton Benjamin. I collaborated with MVP on his third single, “Return of the Ronin,” which he used as his entrance theme when he was with TNA wrestling.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
The biggest challenge is to be heard and noticed over other artists. Anyone who has a dream of becoming a musician can do it, so it’s hard to make sure that you stand out when there are so many people out here doing the same thing. I overcome by establishing myself in as many arenas as I can and making sure I stay relevant by writing for well known established artists.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
I grew up in Houston, Texas and I have to say that Houston’s music scene is totally different than the local scene of anywhere in the world. Houston legends like DJ Screw, Z-Ro, The Screwed Up Click, Paul Wall, and Slim Thug pioneered a sound that catered to the Gulf Coast culture and it caught fire.

The music scene in my hometown is amazing. It doesn’t matter where a rapper is from you can hear the Houston, Texas influence in all of their music. There isn’t anything I don’t like about it.

Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
Music is an art. Art doesn’t follow any path that is predictable. 10 years ago no one could have predicted that Houston would be at the forefront of the hip hop scene. So to answer the question, I have no idea. I’m just trying to make sure that I’m growing as an artist. You have to be authentic, but you have to be relatable and open to change and your music should reflect that.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
There is a lot of pressure from the music industry to be the next so and so. You have to be yourself though.

What inspires you to write your next song?
Inspiration can come from anywhere. I may listen to a beat that triggers a memory or I might be watching something on TV or having a conversation. Inspiration is all around you.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
I don’t always have a specific formula. Some lyrics may just come to me and I’m grabbing a napkin to write them down. When I’m writing intentionally, I find the beat first then I come up with a concept based on my inspiration. I lay out my hook and then work on the verses.

What do you think makes a great song?
If the song is relatable and makes me reflect on my life in any way, that’s great.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Official Website: www.DwaneSweazie.com
Bandcamp: dwanesweazie.bandcamp.com
Soundcloud: dwanesweazie
Twitter: @dwanesweazie
Instagram: @dwanesweazie