“The greatest challenge I face is not conforming to normal music topics … I overcome them by my faith in God and using my talent to create music with substance that could change people’s lives for the better.
Check out the interview with E.T. exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
E.T.: I started making hip hop at the age of 18 when I was a division 1 football player at Kansas University. I was known as the player on my team that would spit crazy freestyles before practice and games to get my team hyped to perform. Rapping is something I have always enjoyed because it allows me to put my thoughts into music to create a story.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I look at myself as an entrepreneur. I promote my music in different ways: social media with Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter; I sell my CDs at concerts and performances; and I promote my music by word of mouth.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
The greatest challenge I face is not conforming to normal music topics like violence, drugs, and sex. I overcome them by my faith in God and using my talent to create music with substance that could change people’s lives for the better.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
In my hometown the music scene is starting to thrive with notable music artists doing well such as Janele Monae and Tech9. However, there is opportunity for Kansas City artists to get more exposure.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
I feel that hip hop is moving in the right direction because artists like J. Cole, Chance The Rapper, Lecrae, and Dee 1 are bringing substance back. Artists have to catch onto this wave and bring the bars back to life again in their music.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Never give up and have faith that you can make it while putting in the work to be successful. “Faith is the substance of things hoped for and evidence of things not seen.”
What inspires you to write your next song?
I make songs that are relevant to what I am experiencing or what I see around me.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
I find a beat first to make the song and figure out the concept. Then I write the hook of the song that ties in with the concept. I finish by writing the verses that ties in with the hook. I finally execute the song by recording it.
What do you think makes a great song?
It is a song that resonates with people because the concept of the song is relevant to people’s lives. The song should paint a clear picture to reinforce the message of the song.
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