“The craft of hip hop as we know it is being slowly stripped away and turned into a circus. A perfect example would be wrestling back in the day, where as today, it is a Hollywood script. This is what hip hop is becoming. We see it daily on reality TV…”
Check out the interview with Eliot Ness exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
SKILLY: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Eliot Ness: While in high school, my passion for writing and poetry evolved into writing rap music. From there I just continued to study and work. I saved money to pay for studio time whenever I could.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I promote mostly through social media outlets, and passing out CD’s and flyers of upcoming performances. I also promote in clubs by introducing myself and my music to the DJ’s that are working. Those are my top outlets and it’s worked out great for me.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Keep the faith and believe in yourself and your music. Learn the industry by all means. I would also encourage obtaining an entertainment lawyer to guide you. Make it your business to ensure all your paperwork is in ORDER.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
The craft of hip hop as we know it is being slowly stripped away and turned into a circus. A perfect example would be wrestling back in the day, where as today, it is a Hollywood script. This is what hip hop is becoming. We see it daily on reality TV.
What inspires you to write your next song?
It depends on the track and how I’m feeling. In some cases it may be what’s going on in the world or simply what’s going on with me and my surroundings.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
My biggest challenge I would have to say is self promoting to get my music played on the radio. I overcome those obstacles by faith by continuing to push and believe in my craft. Eventually they will have to play my records.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
Real music at one point seemed to be fading away where I come from. Lately, it seems to be making a nice little comeback. Artists are becoming more creative and being themselves opposed to mimicking artists in other cities. Houston is evolving into a Hip Hop centered city once again.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
I focus on a topic and write out the concept first. I pick the right tracks to motivate my lyrics. I search for a good engineer and a good studio to produce the right sound. After that I focus on having my songs professionally mixed and mastered.
What do you think makes a great song?
Your concept, delivery and quality engineering.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Facebook: eliot ness
Vevo: eliot ness
LinkedIn: eliot ness
Mtv artist: eliot ness
Music links: hobent.com
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