“I have had a few contracts thrown at me that would have been a horrible decision.”

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

Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
I began singing when I was 7 years old. When I was younger I joined choirs and musical groups that traveled and performed throughout the tri-state area. Over the years I developed my voice working with vocal teachers and other vocalists. I started songwriting in high school and grew to love hip hop and r&b.

What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
Nobody could find my music at first until I started to approach people and using blogs. You also have to be willing to put money and time into yourself. Believe in your craft and be confident, you need know who you’re talking to.

What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I want to make great music that people can relate too. I want to be able to make money off my music whether that be performing, placements, or selling records. Most people will say it’s a pipe dream, but if you work hard and show people you mean business they start to take notice.

What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
There are billions of people out there that listen to all types of music. It’s getting them to hear it that’s the hardest part. Another hard part of this business is protecting yourself. I have had a few contracts thrown at me that would have been a horrible decision.

What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
I’m originally from Philly. The hip hop scene is ruthless and you gotta bring it hard. Philly is known for bars, at ya neck type of rap. I’m now living in Los Angeles, so I’m trying to bring that mentality and style to this coast. Living there was awesome, you get to see real spitters bring the heat with straight street bars.

What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Keep grinding and believe yourself.

What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
I was contacted by 300 Ent.

What is your inspiration?
I love music. I love the process of creating it and being able to express myself through it.

Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
With the internet and all the social media platforms I believe it’s easier. You still have to put in the work and time to perfect your craft.

Where can we find you on social media?
Facebook: www.facebook.com/SteveFrancis215
Twitter: www.twitter.com/stevefrancis_20
Instagram: www.instagram.com/franchise.215