“I’d say the best way is by making calculated moves to maintain the image/ideology you’re presenting to consumers. Basically, just be yourself but turn yourself into a brand.”
Check out the interview with Eyezic Haze exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Eyezic Haze: It all started in quite the unique setting for a rapper to begin his journey. My friend Alec Finnagan and his older brother Paul (two white country kids) got me to write my first verse while I was at their farm; I was 14 years old at the time. A year later my friend Devon LeBlanc and I hosted our first show locally. We sold just about 500 tickets and hosted two more afterwards. Unfortunately due to complications with the law we had to discontinue our venture.
However, the movement is now back in order and regardless new music is being recorded constantly. The music scene today isn’t just about what you’re doing in your community though. On the internet I’ve released an array of singles and two projects available on my official website.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
I’d say the best way is by making calculated moves to maintain the image/ideology you’re presenting to consumers. Basically, just be yourself but turn yourself into a brand.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
In my musical career I want to become the man who’s known to provide opportunity. Shouts out to all my fam in Dys FUNK one time, they already know the kid is well on his way.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
In my opinion the hardest thing about being in the music business is balancing what the people need with what the people want. Also, the perception people have of being a hip hop artist. Telling the average person on the street that you’re a rapper doesn’t mean shit unless their grandma knows your name.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
You could have a pretty fun night here, but you wouldn’t ever want to come back. A lot of people who are born here never really leave. There are barely any black people here and being the minority anywhere isn’t always enjoyable. The youth have a much better understanding but growing up you can tell how some of their parents influenced them.
The music scene is honestly lit though. Almost every last person I know that makes music from St. Thomas I fuck with their style. They’re all very talented and will do whatever they decide they want to do with those talents. Overall though, I don’t like this place in the slightest. I wouldn’t recommend it for anyone.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
I’m honestly still trying to come up myself. All I can say is keep pushing, you’re a star.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
Personally, I think it was this one verse I did at this charity dinner to raise awareness for mental health. When your words can actually help someone, it’s a great feeling.
What is your inspiration?
My inspiration is the fact that God has graced me with another day full of opportunity. My inspiration is the confidence I have in my team to get us where we want to be. My inspiration is everyone in my immediate family, my close friends and wanting to see them live a care free life. My inspiration is whatever it needs to be in the moment of creation.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
I think anyone can be successful in whatever career choice they decide. As long as they’re aware of how the industry works, they’re willing to put in the work, and they’re are confident in their abilities.
Where can we find you on social media?
Official Website: www.eyezichaze.com