“My best advice is to stay true to yourself. Find out who you really are as an artist and learn how to communicate that in a way people will remember you. Perfect your craft. Don’t be so anxious to put out material until you are confident that it could bring you home a Grammy!”

Check out the interview with Eclipse exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Eclipse: My passion for music all started in my younger days when I attended an arts magnet school. When I first heard Bone Thugs, Twista and Busta Rhymes I knew I had to be the next tongue twisting artist internationally known. Since I’ve been doing music, I’ve had the honor of working with Busta and Twista on a song. I even got MIMS on my last album.

I’ve made an appearance on America’s Got Talent and even had the pleasure of visiting London for a release party with Rude Boy. I’ve done quite a bit and still working to bring home a Grammy.

What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
I feel the best way to promote yourself as an artist is by being visible as much as possible. When I say being visible, I mean physically being in the public eye. Performing at open mics, doing as many shows as you can, and building relationships with promoters. Also, spend some money hiring a marketing team to give you a boost and create more awareness. Most of all make sure you’re always presentable to represent your brand.

What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I ultimately want to become the CEO of my own label and open up several production studios around the world that will offer high quality service to independent artists and majors. I want to help others succeed and live their dream as I am doing. I want to become a household name.

What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
The toughest part about being in this music business is having a budget. This industry is very expensive I have learned. If you want others to take you seriously and invest in you, they must see that you are already doing so in yourself. Another thing that comes to mind is standing out. If you want to be in this business for a long time, you must ensure that you stand out and bring quality. I always say quality over quantity. It only takes one hit.

What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
The music scene in my city is definitely alive. There are tons of music events always going on around the city. You can find an open mic or concert almost any day of the week. I love that we have plenty of opportunities to showcase good talent. I enjoy living in Dallas.

What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
My best advice is to stay true to yourself. Find out who you really are as an artist and learn how to communicate that in a way people will remember . Perfect your craft. Don’t be so anxious to put out material until you are confident that it could bring home a Grammy!

Build a solid team. Start off with close friends or those who you have a good relationship with and who share the same passions and work together towards a common goal. Always aim to fulfill your full potential. I make a plan every week to progress somewhere in my career. Invest your time in your career as you would a 9 – 5 job. Have a plan and stick to it.

What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
The greatest moments in my career boils down to 2 major events. First was my appearance on America’s Got Talent. I gained so many more fans when I performed. I was the best rap artist they have ever had appear. These were the words of all judges. Working with Rude Boy on the release party in London was another great experience in my career. The support from everyone was amazing. I’m now calling London my 2nd home.

What is your inspiration?
Seeing my mentor’s success with his several businesses inspires me to work harder each day to achieve that sort of success. Working with Will Zhong has changed my perspective on life and what it really takes to make it in any business. Consistency and persistence.

Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
I do feel that anyone can be successful in today’s world of music. But to really answer that question, you would have to define success. My definition of success could be totally different than someone else’s. So it really depends on what that person’s degree of success is.

Where can we find you on social media?
Eclipse: apple.co/1SEoxGF
Instagram: @TheOfficialEclipse
Soundcloud: @TheOfficialEclipse
Facebook: @Greggory Covington
Twitter: @Eclipsedarkness
Vimeo: @theofficialeclipse

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