“Learn as much as you can about the business because there’s a lot of people out to manipulate and steal from you simply because of your lack of knowledge.”
Check out the interview with Flo Boy Joe exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Flo Boy Joe: My first solo CD I put out was back in 2009 entitled Face 2 Face under the artist name of Yung Joe. At that time I knew little about the business other than the basics of starting your own record company due to reading books. After a dozen or so open mics and passing out a few hundred CDs, I fell back from rapping. In 2013 I went to a trade school for recording engineering and music business and have been perfecting my craft in both ever since.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
Blogs, have family and friends pass out free CDs at schools and around the neighborhood, open mics, videos, Flo Boy gear, flyers, social media, etc.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
Getting into the inner circles of the people pulling the strings. Continue to learn the tricks of the trade and doing as much as I can to build momentum and a decent fan base by myself.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
Mainly street music with people rapping about the same thing on every song. I like some of it because it reflects our Detroit culture, but I just can’t listen to the same beats and rhyme scheme all day every day.
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 like the big wigs in the business will eventually figure out how to make it less easy to be a successful indie artist and have more control on social media and streaming platforms in one way or another. With that being said, I feel that artist should learn as much about the business as they can so that they insure longevity in their careers.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Learn as much as you can about the business because there’s a lot of people out to manipulate and steal from you simply because of your lack of knowledge. The more you can do yourself the least money you have to pay someone else to do for you. Plan first, budget your money, believe in yourself and take action. Brand yourself.
What inspires you to write your next song?
I have to feel the beat first, then I just go off of the emotions the beat makes me feel in order to write a song to it. If I’m being paid for a feature or giving a topic to rap about, then I just stick to what’s presented to me and speck on it from my point of view. Other artists and songs that I like inspire me to create as well.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
Sometimes I look for certain types of beats that I can use to express how I feel at that time. I either make a hook or send it to someone else to make one from there perspective, then just stick to the subject matter of the song while making verses. When I finish recording I play it back and let others hear it to let me know if it’s worthy to mix and release.
What do you think makes a great song?
When people can relate to it and feel like you are talking directly to them no matter what emotion the song induces.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Official website: www.yungjoefbi.wix.com/floboyjoe