“The hardest thing about being in the music industry is being able to create a budget for the projects you want to promote! It takes money to make money!”
Check out the interview with En-Do612 exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
SKILLY: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
E.D: My music career began in 1994 on the north side of Minneapolis with a group called Northside Hustlaz Clic! I also have solo tracks that have been released nationally as well as my debut album, Heaven or Hell!
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
You gotta promote yourself and some of the best ways is to be out in the public! You have to do shows in your hometown as well as in other states, if possible! You gotta get a street team together if you’re not able to do it yourself!
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
What do I ultimately want to become in my career? Relevant! What I mean by that is to be respected by my peers as well as the general public and the many record labels!
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
The hardest thing about being in the music industry is being able to create a budget for the projects you want to promote! It takes money to make money!
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 Minneapolis (North Side / South Side) is as “hood” as it gets! Living in Minneapolis, MN is rough and rugged and ya need ta be on point at all times especially when it comes to the music ’cause if you’re not willing to work with other artists, you’re gonna get left in the dust!
What are some of the advice you can give and share with other artists who are still trying to come up?
(If) I were to give advice to another artist, I’d tell them to be ‘patient’ and to never give up! Don’t let anyone ever steal your dream! Another piece of advice I’d give is to make sure you set goals! “Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” You gotta know where you want to be, but make sure the goals are attainable and not out of reach!
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
One of the best things that have happened in my career is being able to work with, Curtis Blow! I met, Curtis Blow through an associate of Versatile Records, Kool-Aid! Also, being able to talk with major label executives and finding out how the music business is in reality and being able to know what to expect and not having false hopes!
What is your inspiration?
My inspiration is my heritage; being black and proud of it, just like the song by James Brown; “Say It Loud, I’m Black & I’m Proud”! Not many people think that a ‘black’ man/person can make it in America! I’m here to prove them wrong!
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
If anyone strives for success in today’s world of music, they first must know what (their) meaning of success is! Is it money, fame, etc… Once you know where you’re headed, you’ll know if you were successful or not once you have completed your journey!