“I personally feel the only way to advance the art form is for newcomers to push the limits of the artistry lyrically and musically which is why I set the bar so high … I plan to push those limits in hip hop.”
Check out the interview with FNX exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
FNX: I am from Connecticut and I record at the Factory Underground in Norwalk. I have been working there and grinding with this music thing since 2011. Shout out to Connecticut too. They don’t show us love yet, but they will soon. Also, shout out to Kenny Ca$h and DJ Connect as well.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
I believe establishing your brand and then using your music to build your brand awareness is the best way to go as an independent artist. The easiest way to do that is to get a logo and start moving merchandise.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
Originally I had a goal of being the best rapper alive. It didn’t matter who or what was in my way. I personally feel the only way to advance the art form is for newcomers to push the limits of the artistry lyrically and musically which is why I set the bar so high. Now I balance that aspiration with being the best businessman alive or at least the best I can be. Music is a tool that can be used in many different ways. I plan to push those limits in hip hop.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
Separating music and the business. As an artist you can easily become emotionally tied to your music or a concept, but at times you have to step back and make the best business decision.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
I am from Norwalk, but I feel like I represent Connecticut as a whole. The music scene here is still finding its identity. We really haven’t had any major emcees come from out this way. I think it’s hard for people outside of the state to identify with us. The crazy thing is there are tons of dope artists in Connecticut. Stay tuned.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
I believe perseverance is key. You can accomplish anything if you put the real work in and never quit.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
Having a great foundation around me. The people on my team keep me grounded, but also believe in the dream. When we break through, this will be a team win.
What is your inspiration?
We all faced adversity, it may not be the same but at some level we all do. I faced mine with hip hop as a crutch to get me through. From dealing with poverty and the issues that families at that class level go through, I became personally connected to hip hop.
At one point growing up we stayed in a shelter for victims of domestic abuse and despite all the pain around me, ATLiens got me through. Nocturnal and All Eyez on Me, these are CDs that I kept on repeat just so I could endure the BS. When it’s all said and done, I want to pass that blessing forward.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Absolutely, you just got to get a team and grind. With the internet and social media it’s much easier to be visible now than it was 20 years ago. You just have to continue working and being visible.
Where can we find you on social media?