“Being an independent label balancing music and the business aspect of it can be difficult at times. Of course my first priority is to feed my fans with new music.”

Check out the interview with Gk Nesso exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Gk Nesso: I was very fortunate to have incredible music being played in my household at a very young age. Artists like Michael Jackson, Bob Marley, The Isley Brothers, Morgan Heritage, and artists along those lines that really embody soul music were always in heavy rotation in my home.

I began taking piano lessons around the age of 9 which really helped with my ability to focus on the instrumentation aspect of music. Hip hop became relevant to me in my teen years and I was able to identify with the art form and with certain artists. I discovered I could put words together and started recording around 16-17. It’s been my obsession ever since.

What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
Obviously social media plays a key role in any type of business nowadays and is definitely crucial when it comes to promoting music. It allows you to identify your audience and gives the artist more control over their craft. I’m still a big fan of street grind as well. I think when you’re able to create an experience with someone on that level they will be more inclined to listen to your music. They’re more likely to become true fans of what you do.

What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I want to be known as one of the best to ever do this shit. That’s first and for most. But what I also want is for my choices and my music to create opportunities for the people around me, my family, and people out there that are going through the same things that I’ve been going through. I’ve always been inspired by artists who have broken down barriers for the upcoming generations and that’s something I want to do as well. I just want to be great.

What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
Being an independent label balancing music and the business aspect of it can be difficult at times. Of course my first priority is to feed my fans with new music. The politics behind can complicate things at times, but it’s just something you got to deal with to do what you love.

What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
Toronto’s diversity is the most beautiful part about the city. There’s so many different styles out here and so many people striving to do great things. The hip hop scene is definitely flourishing at the moment with all of the talent coming out of here and I think it’s only going to get better over the next few years. The city is amazing.

What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Just be you and just be patient. It takes time to master your craft and it takes time to build a good team. I think a lot of artists, new artists in particular, feel pressured to imitate a sound or style just because it’s what’s hot right now. Just be comfortable with your music and understand that it’s a process. Things won’t always happen when or the way you want them to, but they will happen for you when you’re truly ready for them to.

What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
I feel like the best is yet to come for me. I’ve learned so much over the past few years about myself as well as the art of hip hop and I really feel like I’m going to continue to grow and get better. The universe will continue to line up opportunities for me. I just got to be able to recognize them.

What is your inspiration?
Life has always been my inspiration. Being able to learn and grow from my experiences as well as others. I think there’s a lesson to be learned in every situation even if it’s not yours and I think I’ve always been aware of that. If I can learn what not to do from someone else’s experiences, then I would be a fool not to use that to my advantage. The same thing applies to a person who has found success. Life experiences is what really fuels my music and continues to inspire me on a daily basis.

Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
I do. Good music is undeniable. I think as long as you have that and the ambition to succeed everything will work itself out.

Where can we find you on social media?
Official Website: www.asncrecords.com
Twitter/Soundcloud/Snapchat/Instagram/Facebook: @gknesso
YouTube: @bttdwnihhaom

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