“Do what you need to do today. What I mean, don’t wait to do something tomorrow that can be done today.”
Check out the interview with Fro Organix exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Fro Organix: I started off as a DJ. I met a friend in the mid 80’s and we started a group called IDU Productions. We acquired members Tony Walker and Michael Archer (D’angelo) and created many songs and eventually we went to NY to try and acquire deals. We all went up as a group and D’angelo also had his solo demo. Midnight Music ended up signing myself and D’angelo to production deals.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Be original. Come up with your own sound, style, and look. I believe being original will make you stand out from everyone else and will have lasting effects in the long run. Strive hard for what you want and don’t waste time. Do what you need to do today. What I mean, don’t wait to do something tomorrow that can be done today.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
I am my worst enemy. I guess pushing through disappointments mentally. Sometimes that can make you want to give up, which I did for a short period of time. Another is trying to come back and connect with people again. Get back in the loop.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Just keep plugging away. Go out and meet people, go to showcases, anything to do with your craft whether it be writing or production. The digital age is happening now, so any and everything that online has to offer. Purchase shirts, poster, stickers, CDs or hard drives with your music to promote yourself and sell. I believe it shows you are serious. The old school way still works.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
Richmond is a melting pot of talent. I don’t know too much about the newer artists these days. Noah-O is doing his thing now. A few years ago a producer named Kleph (RIP) was making it happen on a large scale. Shaun Nicole (Buttas) has a show called 2Turntables and a Mic which showcases a lot of talent in Richmond. There are others still doing it from back in the day that is still relevant. The fans are like fans anywhere. They like what they like and they may support you or not.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I see myself back in 100% musically and I screen write as well, so making forward motivation toward that goal as well.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My mother (RIP) and father. Mother had MS and was talented in art and writing when she was younger. She never complained or showed emotion with her condition, at least when I was around. She was the strongest person I known. My father was and still is a DJ, so I really picked up the musical side from him. He is the strongest as well.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I like some of it. Most sounds the same. There are a few that stand out. They will last. I dig that all of the veteran emcees are coming back strong and killing it. I listen to a lot of old music and world music. Afro Beat is one of my favorite genres. Anoushka Shankar is one of my favorites. I also listen to my friends as well. Mitch L Hennessy, Christ’ian, Noah-O that are doing big it now.