“I’ve got several artists that I work with. Dealing with all those personalities and styles is always fun. When I make a song that people gravitate to, I try to capture what made that song great and add to that formula so that the next song is better or just as good.”
Check out the interview with Gold D. Guillotyne exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Gold D. Guillotyne: The first time I moved to Atlanta I moved to Old Town Villa Apts on Godby Rd on the Southside. I met ABC and they introduced me to their manager Kevin Wells. He had me to spit for him, liked it, and immediately talked to my parents. He gave me my own group, Our Gang, with Chris and Boogie. We started off doing New Edition cover songs as we were a part of the East Coast Family. We disbanded and I moved on to several other groups before starting my own label RDM ENT.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Stay focused, master your craft, and learn the business. There’s more to it than making music. You’ve got to network and market yourself like a business.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
I’ve got several artists that I work with. Dealing with all those personalities and styles is always fun. When I make a song that people gravitate to, I try to capture what made that song great and add to that formula so that the next song is better or just as good.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
We all know that this is the age of social media. Facebook, Twitter, Soundcloud, YouTube, etc. has helped me reach an audience locally and globally.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
Chi-lanta (Chicago & Atlanta). My hometowns are cities with huge musical influence. The artists support each other except for the occasional beef. The fans support as long as you give them what they want from you. I’ve been in this small town called Galax, VA for a few years. It took a while to get fans on board with my brand of rap/r&b.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I see myself as a better businessman, artist, and family man living comfortably. Hopefully I can spread some knowledge to help others fulfil their goals as well.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
I respect every artist out there doing their thing. To see people that come from all walks of life not so different from mine and become successful doing something I love to do is inspirational. The fans who support, give feedback, good or bad, are an inspiration. Life itself and my experiences have inspired me to eat, live, and just be better in general. Life is short, tomorrow isn’t promised. I try to make the most of everyday.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
Not a fan of everything, but I respect everybody’s hustle. I may not agree with the skinny jeans and women’s clothing but some of these guys are feeding families rockin’ that stuff.
Where can we contact you and find you online?