“The main challenge that I’ve had is to keep myself going. Not only am I doing music, but I joined the army as well as going to college and working a full-time job overnight.”

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

Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
My older cousin Marsell Holden (Kilo) is the one who put me in the studio for the first time and it was just magical. I fell in love with music right then and there. By the age of 12 I started a rap group in Florida called SPMG (Swagg Plaza Music Group) full of singers and other rappers from the city. After a while I went solo and became FreeVerse and took an entire new approach with the music.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Please, whatever you do in life just stay positive and chase your dreams. Never get discouraged because there will always be people that will down you and try to make your dreams feel like trash. Stay out of trouble, listen to what your elders say, and always try to get smarter.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
The main challenge that I’ve had is to keep myself going. Not only am I doing music, but I joined the army as well as going to college and working a full-time job overnight. My older cousins tell me I’m the definition if an independent artist because I continue to beat those struggles.

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 would say the best way to promote yourself besides using these social media sites is to grow your immediate fan base around you with people you went to school with, feature on other artist’s songs, and invest in yourself most importantly.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I’m from the great city of Cleveland, OH. I’ve been all over the place in the US, but I keep coming back. I have way more fans outside of Cleveland than in it surprisingly. I don’t know what it is, maybe it’s because I don’t make basic music with such a repetitive sound or maybe because I’m so different with it. I don’t know it’s crazy.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
A year from today? It’s kind of hard to say honestly because of the fact that I’m a part of the army. I could get called to go somewhere at any point. I do plan on releasing way more music, making my name into a brand, and finishing up my associates degree program in college; Thats really important to me.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
First God, I’ve been blessed in so many ways in my life I am nothing but thankful. Next is my grandmother, even though she’s been deceased for a while I still look up to her as my role model. I listened to a bunch of artists and I think the main inspirations that I had was from Lil Wayne of course, the guy’s a genius.

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
My favorite artist right now is Tech N9ne hands down, he showed me that you don’t need a major deal or record label to be successful. I like a few of the newer guys such as Drake and Kendrick. People like them who respect the culture and want to continue the legacy. I love it, no doubt.

Where can we contact you and find you online?
Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/FreeVerse1
YouTube: www.youtube.com/nameckaie