“I take my time. Most people throw on a beat and start freestyling anything, but for me that just doesn’t work. I listen to a lot of music before I choose something I’ll write to. If I don’t feel the beat I won’t be able to project the message or the story I want to tell.”

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

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Fancy:
I want to say probably 2010 when American Idol came to the Izod center in North Jersey. I tried out and I was a total nervous wreck. I could always sing, but I had stage fright. It was an eye opener and a learning experience. It made me want it even more. My first passion was writing poetry. I actually didn’t start rapping until 2013. Someone put it my head maybe I should try it. And now here I am. I haven’t looked back ever since.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
Definitely not spamming, I see too much of that. I’m constantly tweeting my links and paying for my song to be on internet radio shows. Things like that.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
Building a fan base I would say is the hardest. You really have to stay on it day to day. I always keep my eyes and ears open for the next thing, whether it’s putting my music on a blog or this interview for instance.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
It seems a bit small. There aren’t too many showcases where I live. I mostly go out of state to perform. It’s very competitive which I like. I don’t mind showing off.

Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
The internet has already taken over. It’s streaming and downloading, no more physical copies of anything. Really know your audience, your fans are what’s important. They’re the ones that will buy the music.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Talent is only part of the business. Promotion is the rest. If you don’t or won’t invest in you, you can’t ask anyone else to.

What inspires you to write your next song?
Real life experiences. I’ve had many, good and bad. Things that I see and hear from my girlfriends. You name it. But mostly my own. I’ve got some stories to tell.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
I take my time. Most people throw on a beat and start freestyling anything, but for me that just doesn’t work. I listen to a lot of music before I choose something I’ll write to. If I don’t feel the beat I won’t be able to project the message or the story I want to tell.

What do you think makes a great song?
When someone makes a great song you can feel it. The energy. The sadness. The anger. The happiness. The beauty of it. If you can’t feel it and if it doesn’t move you, it’s not great music.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Facebook: atiyahkwilliams | Ms Fancy
Instagram: @fancy856
Twitter: @fancy856