“We’ve always been good at being seen at our lives shows, we tend to do a great job at standing out with our showmanship, musicality, and crowd interaction. Promoting music is about consistency and gaining new ears and eyes on your music or your shows.”
Check out the interview with Femi the Drifish exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Femi the Drifish: I’m a spoken word artist/poet that evolved into an alternative hip hop rock band. This journey has been full of good times, hardships, lessons learned, and humbleness when it comes to the entertainment business, pretty much like anything you love and any meaningful relationship. Many years put in, uncountable shows performed, and I’m still spitting lyrics and show rocking.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
My best advice would be to do it for the love and not to be loved or else you’ll be confined within needing to be validated and that is the worst place to be. Also, patience is really a virtue. We have a tendency to think achieving goals in art music entertainment is an instant oatmeal success, when it’s years and years of work just to create a buzz.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
As said prior I’m a poet/spoken word artist and that medium in artistry doesn’t measure up on the entertainment radar like hip hop music or r&b. Now as a band, even though there’s nothing new under the sun our music style isn’t the popular norm. It’s not as easy trying to get bookings until our show is seen live, then it’s loved and bookings come.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
We’ve always been good at being seen at our lives shows, we tend to do a great job at standing out with our showmanship, musicality, and crowd interaction. Promoting music is about consistency and gaining new ears and eyes on your music or your shows.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I represent Baltimore City and we’ve been making the news for all kinds of stuff over the years. We’ve got some raw talent out here and they vary in genres, luckily my band crosses genres so we play almost everywhere. Fans definitely support if the act has done their work to secure a fan base with their music.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
My band The Out of Water eXperience has played many gigs out of Baltimore in Washington DC, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York City, and New Jersey, but I want us to really tour. So this time next year I see us on the road hitting up numerous cities in various states doing the big music festivals and concert venues.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
I’m old school like crazy. Acts like Redman, De La Soul, and early Eminem are lyrically my biggest inspirations. Then bands like Queen, The Doors, The Roots, and Foo Fighters inspire me musically and showmanship wise. Today’s artists that I really get down with are Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, and Odd Future (specifically Tyler the Creator).
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I have my picks. Most of them that I consider the lyrics are well written, the music’s not just some Xerox copy of what’s popular, and the content challenging (even on the dance music tip). Most of what comes on the radio isn’t my flavor, but there are occasions where I hear some radio hit that gets my respect for its creativity.
Where can we contact you and find you online?
Official website: www.anartkeymusic.com
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