“The only advice I can give them is to work hard, make connections, don’t have an attitude, and be persistent…”
Check out the interview with Gennaro Agresti exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
SKILLY: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Gennaro Agresti: I started my journey in the record business in 2010. I have been writing lyrics all my life and decided it was time to find a producer and start making music. I had taken singing lessons for ten years, and I felt I could sing and write the lyrics. I needed a producer to write the music and produce the songs, and stay true to my vision. The first person I started working with was Arty Skye of Skyelab Group. My first song is entitled Ebony Angel, and it has an R&B influenced song like U2’s cover of Angel of Harlem. My most popular song that I did with Arty is Beauty In a Black Dress Remix. I am currently working with Krush Productions out of Brooklyn NY. They Produced my first EDM songs Tornado and Tornado Remix. My new song is titled My Zombie Apocalypse. It is a Pop/Reggae song about the Salvation of Love. My next song is going to be a Pop/Ballad in the vein of Bruno Mars.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I have promoted my music through internet radio, I have used Coast2Coast mix-tapes, The Beat LA, and Star Live and Direct. I have had my music on an indie artists Compilations Produced by WOA Records. I am currently using a PR Firm called Girl PR to promote my Facebook Fan Page, Twitter and You Tube videos. I have also done Interviews with DTF Radio, and Rude Boy Magazine.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
The steps I take to write a song are, first to write the lyrics, then I will contact my producer and send them the lyrics and song references so they can get an idea of my vision. Then they will send me drafts until we have a meeting of the minds. Once that is done I learn the song, then off to the recording studio.
What inspires you to write your next song?
I get my best inspiration to write a song when I am listening to music. I also get ideas from movies and TV shows, and from my life. My new song My Zombie Apocalypse was inspired by watching The Walking Dead.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
I feel that the greatest challenge that I have is building a fan base and a following that will come to my showcases on a consistent basis. Right now I am really working to get fans to like and follow me on social media, and I am concentrating on getting more fans from the New York and New Jersey area so I can start to book more Shows.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
There is no music scene in my home town of Lyndhurst, NJ unless you like karaoke bars. All of my Showcases have been in New York City. I have performed at SOB’s, Tammany Hall, The Santos Party House, The Karma Lounge, The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, and The Raw Space Art Galley in Harlem. My future Performances will be in NYC.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be?
I think the future of music is wide open, because there are so many ways to get your music heard through the internet and social media. I feel in order for me to be more a part of it, I will need to perform and showcase a lot more. I feel you also have to make physical connections with fans, and other people in the business.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
The only advice I can give them is to work hard, make connections, don’t have an attitude, and be persistent.
Where can we connect with you?
You can connect with my on my Facebook Fan Page. I have all the links to my music there, and you also can connect with me on Twitter, Sound Cloud and You Tube.
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