“I enjoy having fun with my music here and there but eventually I want to introduce a more positive style into the hip hop world. I want to spread love, not materialism. To do that, I need to become a mogul.”
Check out the interview with Enea exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Enea: My interest in music came along when I was just 8 years old. At the time I was bilingual because I had only been in the country for two years. Eminen came on the radio and although I had no idea what he was saying, I just thought it sounded dope. Needless to say, I learned English so that I could begin writing as soon as possible.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
Just make the best material you can make. Don’t rush yourself making 1,000 mediocre tracks and pour your heart and focus into that 1 amazing track. People will flock to your music when they can tell you worked hard on it.
But initially, you have to spend money to make money. Meaning, you have to pay blogs to post articles about your music. Make sure you find blogs that actually enjoy your material though, otherwise you’ll receive less than appealing articles from them.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I’m an attention whore. Basically, I didn’t get the attention I needed growing up because there was a constant change of scenery. I’ve moved over 10 times and each time came with that readjustment period where nobody really paid attention to me.
Also, I’m in the game to change the game. I enjoy having fun with my music here and there but eventually I want to introduce a more positive style into the hip hop world. I want to spread love, not materialism. To do that, I need to become a mogul.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
Getting that attention I mentioned above. This industry is so saturated with half-descent artists that people come to expect that you’re one of them. So it’s difficult to get that initial listening time from a person because they’re so used to clicking that link from the half-descent.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
I’ve moved so many times. Currently I’m living with mom and pops in Troy, Michigan. The music scene here doesn’t really exist as far as artists/performances go. Detroit, however, is only 20 minutes south of us. They have an undying hip hop community. Constant open mics.
Living in Troy, boring to say the least. It’s kind of that town where there’s never anything to do and nothing ever happens.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Perfect your craft and invest time and money into yourself. You get what you put in.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
Probably my sponsorship by Rude Boy. It’s not the biggest deal in the world but to me, at that moment, I was more than thrilled to find out that someone with a company actually wanted to back me and my music.
What is your inspiration?
Life. My family. My friends. My fans. My haters. The good and the bad. I’m grateful for what I have, but I feel caged in. I need to see the world. All of it. To do that, I need wings. To obtain wings, I need money.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Anyone can be whatever they want. It’s all about attitude and work ethic.
Where can we find you on social media?
YouTube: @Only Enea
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