“There are a whole list of things, but I will say the hardest thing is getting yourself promoted. It’s hard to get in the studio and get a song mixed. Then you have to do a promo shoot for the single and have it edited. Then shoot a video which can be a nightmare in itself at times. Then you have to get the video edited and find a source of broadcast for the video.”

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

Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Flykingi: In 2010 I was in a hip hop trio with two other guys. Push came to shove and we ended up putting our project on hold so I decided to take the material I had written and went to the studio. I then crafted together the From the I-A-N of the Runway mixtape and the rest as they say is history.

What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
It all depends on a number of things. In this day and age you have to be very creative with your marketing and a lot of artists can’t afford a publicist. Promotion costs money. If you don’t have that then you have to find inexpensive ways to get people to help you promote your brand.

What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I want to be a hip hop phenomenon! I feel I have a fresh sound and look that will create a whole new lane in the hip hop culture.

What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
There are a whole list of things, but I will say the hardest thing is getting yourself promoted. It’s hard to get in the studio and get a song mixed. Then you have to do a promo shoot for the single and have it edited. Then shoot a video which can be a nightmare in itself at times. Then you have to get the video edited and find a source of broadcast for the video.

Now the hard part: how are you going get this video viewed by a respected amount of people? Promotion is the hardest part because you can have a great song and video but without promotion people won’t care.

What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
I live in Los Angeles, the “city of dreams.” The music scene is really cool here. I have made a lot of professional relationships and it has been great living in LA and perusing music. LA is a place where you walk down the street and see Amber Rose doing a slut walk one way and Lindsey Lohan running over paparazzi in another direction.

What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Make sure this is the end-all-be-all of what you want to do because there are a lot of sacrifices you will have to make and very stressful situations you will have to encounter. As long as you are confident in what you bring to the table as an artist then that should be enough for you to keep going. Just make sure you are growing as you are making moves because if you are not, then that’s a pretty big sign you should change gears.

What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
So many things. I think being an openly gay hip hop artist/battle rapper and being able to convince the homophobic battle rap culture that although I am gay, I can still deliver a performance better than my heterosexual peers in that ring.

I have got a lot of opportunities in the battle rap culture and have already done literally what no other LGBT person of color has done in battle rap. I consider that a great accomplishment among a ton of other things.

What is your inspiration?
I draw inspiration from a lot of places. Speaking on what I said in the previous question, just being able to defy the odds that LGBT people of color can’t have a successful hip hop career and getting closer and closer to opening that door through my journey.

Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
I don’t feel just anyone can be successful in music. You definitely have to have a great product that is marketable and fresh. Everyone doesn’t have that.

Where can we find you on social media?
Official Website: www.Flykingi.com
Soundcloud: @flykingi
Twitter: @Flykingi
Facebook: @Flykingi
Instagram: @Flykingi
Snapchat: @Flykingi

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