“I watch a lot of movies and just feel the need to make some really dope visuals with my music. For real, life is inspirational. Everything around you should just get you feeling the need to create something new.”
Check out the interview with Fenra Almighty exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Fenra Almighty: All this started when I was in 3rd grade and living in Woodbridge, Virginia. I started writing poetry first because I would always find poems on our desktop by my mom and would read some. I used to show all my friends what I would write and they liked what I had to say.
I wanted to really get into music once I saw Get Rich or Die Trying, but honestly, I can’t remember when I actually started to write and spit rhymes. I do remember when I actually hopped onto a mic and recorded for the first time. Those were the days of using a Rock Band microphone wrapped around a blade of a ceiling fan while using Virtual DJ.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do this or you can’t do that. You’ll have a lot of people telling you that there is a certain way to do everything and that isn’t the case. Yes, there is a standard form for just about everything you learn about, but it’s not about doing what everyone else is doing. Just do whatever you feel is right.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Some of the hardest challenges that I face is trying to run an independent label, engineering all sessions, and just everyday life. Including myself, I have 2 other people who promptly say that are signed to my independent label Misguided Records.
We all engineer and produce our own music which is good because we work hard to accomplish goals and finish projects. Sooner or later, all the nights of staying up late and eating crappy food will start to take a toll on your body and mind state. It’s always good to take breaks and rest up a little.
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 think one of the best ways to promote is to just have dedicated fans to your music and constantly connect with other musicians on tracks. The more people surrounding you with support, the better you feel about going out performing and sharing your music with strangers.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I live in Fredericksburg, Virginia. This area has mixture of rural to suburban people and culture. There isn’t much here for hip-hop and rap. A lot people are claiming to be rappers. I understand you have to start somewhere, but they fail to realize that becoming an artist doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time and practice. Years of trial and error. It takes blood, sweat, and tears to become a decent artist.
The people who claim to be fans are just as bad. Sure they can comment and say “they like it, this is a hit,” but why don’t you share too? That’s the support I need right now, but I do appreciate the comment.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I decided to go to school for engineering at Berklee College of Music. I have one more semester to go until I’m a certified engineer. After that, who knows? I could become the next Kanye and get myself one of those Kardashians or something. Or maybe I might produce music for the next big anime series to come out. The future is unknown, but I’ll be ready for it.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My mom and grandmother have been the biggest inspirations in my life. After them it’s Tupac, Andre 3000, Kanye West, and Will Smith. I do get really inspired from watching a lot of anime and cartoons too. I watch a lot of movies and just feel the need to make some really dope visuals with my music. For real, life is inspirational. Everything around you should just get you feeling the need to create something new.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
Honestly, I don’t care too much for the mainstream music that’s coming out. There’s some songs that are dope, but most of them I do not like. I still have to listen to analyze the trends and see what the population is listening too. Really, I stick to the underground scene more. That’s where the soul of music is because everyone is hungry and just wants to get their name out there.
Where can we contact you and find you online?
Official Website: www.fenramusic.com | www.misguidedwolfgod.bandcamp.com/releases