“My biggest advice to my peers is always work twice as hard and stay a step ahead, always be ahead …”

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

Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
I first started back in late 2011. At first it was just freestyling and entertainment, from there I kind of realized that I might be capable of a lyrical ability. In mid-2012 I started writing more often due to the fact that I had gotten locked up in May of 2012 and as a result there was nothing for me to do in a four wall isolated atmosphere for half the day. So I just started writing lyrics constantly non-stop.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
My biggest advice to my peers is always work twice as hard and stay a step ahead, always be ahead, be original, create your own thing in your own lane, and I also highly advise to read any kind books. Rare and Tip-tip is where it’s at.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
My hardest challenge as of right now would have to be accepting the fact that one of my close friends Polo passed away on April 9th, Sunday morning. He was also one of the individuals that I would always collab with on tracks. He’s also going to be featured on an upcoming EP. One of my hardest task would have to be paying the cost to being a boss.

We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
I would have to go with marketing. I think marketing is key; that gets you everywhere. I also have to go with live performances, which also gets you seen and heard in the local community. If traveling is involved then you can also be known statewide and or nationwide.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
The city I live in is Fort Worth, Texas. Only 3% artists are actually true original innovators and that’s something rare. Most rappers are artificial and have no originality whatsoever, I feel like they tend to mimic and copy mainstream artists. As for fans, it all depends on what kind of music you make and it also depends on who you are.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
In a year I see myself being self-employed as well as doing more shows, staying healthy, staying active, and skateboarding more often as well as being a bit more distant.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My biggest Inspirations would have to be Wu-Tang Clan that includes all the members as well as Houston Texas rapper Z-Ro. I also have to go with Port Arthur based UGK and last but not least I gotta add in California’s Odd Future.

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I don’t like none of the music that comes out nowadays and if it’s any music that’s recent I usually jam just K.dot, sometimes Logic, and a little bit of Joey Badass here and there. Other than that I’m not a big fan of today’s hip hop, I’m more into 90’s hip hop.

Where can we contact you and find you online?
Facebook: Six A.V.E
Twitter: @epayyyne
Instagram: epayneave