“First I’ll find my beat. I’ll search and search until I find it. When I come across something I know I’m going to run with that leads to the next process. From there I’ll just listen to it over and over coming up with different ideas until I settle with a particular one.”
Check out the interview with Goody exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Goody: I was able to start my journey with a lot of self-desire. Besides the fact a friend of mine had been making music and initially sparked my interest, I believe if I didn’t feel so determined to become something I wouldn’t be as successful as I am. I was always into music. Always listening to different artists, new and old.
Fast forward 2 or 3 years and I came across an old friend by the stage name of KiD BozV who was promoting his song “Summertime.” It was a hit. Definitely real cool, a timeless type of track. It’s safe to say that’s what gave me the idea of “hey maybe I could do this too.”
Boz moved backed to Bloomfield that August and we linked up. He had his home studio setup already and we began making music from that moment on. We made song, after song, after song. We took a lot of criticism for the quality of the music we were making so we decided to name ourselves Fuckthequality. Till this day FTQ is still up and running.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I’m very personal when it comes to promoting my music or my brand. I’m very hands on. I’ll speak to anyone and anywhere in a general conversation and usually not leave without them at least knowing my stage name. Basically I engage with people one on one and really give them an understanding of who I am as opposed to what I do.
Other ways I’ll promote is by making merchandise. We’ve been doing it basically since we’ve started and don’t really let off the gas. Our FTQ tees are pretty landmark-ish at this point. You can find me about 85% of the time wearing an FTQ, G2SMusic, or Loyal Soldiers tee.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
The greatest challenge I face is recognition. There’s so many people in such a small area that are doing this and it’s really hard to be properly acknowledged. That’s definitely a challenge. How do I overcome this? I just keep a tunnel vision.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
The music scene in my hometown is dynamic. I’m sure there were plenty of people or even generations of them who were making music before us, but it really feels like we were the only ones doing it at the time.
Now you’ll find there’s still a music scene. There’s many recording studios around and they all have clientele. Artists have even begun making it out and going forward to do bigger things with their careers which I find inspiring.
What I do like is there is so much talent and culture. What I don’t like is that there’s a little too much competition. If we all came together, which sounds very cliché, we’d be a force to be reckoned with. That’s my word.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
The future of music is occurring right before our eyes. To tell where it’s going to go I can’t be so sure. I do know that it has taken a few turns that don’t sit right with me, but it’s a must that you adjust. I fear that music will continue to be dumbed down to a point where most will find displeasure.
My guess to be more a part of it would be just to pick up on the trends and reach out to groups who gravitate towards that. Personally, I choose the more stubborn route. I’ll sit in hopes that maybe the scene will recycle and come back around to a time when content mattered.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
My advice is straight forward. Don’t stop. Keep going. Make progress and make note of your progress through personal achievements. Don’t ever measure yourself next to someone else’s success for viable results. Meet people and express yourself and your goals.
Carry yourself with confidence and be unafraid to fail. You should have no shame in what you’re doing. I feel like having a proper mindset is best for artists nowadays. A perfect balance of ease and focus on your mind and all the other things will be accounted for if you handle your workload first.
What inspires you to write your next song?
90% of the time it’s the beat. I can have things going on in my life or know of things going on in someone else’s life and be inspired to write, but when I hear a certain beat it really drives me to paint the picture to it.
I’ll also be inspired by everyday events. I can be out and about and just watching my surroundings and be influenced to write about real things that go on in life. I like to take reality and keep it real. People relate to it and respond well.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
First I’ll find my beat. I’ll search and search until I find it. When I come across something I know I’m going to run with that leads to the next process. From there I’ll just listen to it over and over coming up with different ideas until I settle with a particular one.
From there I’ll figure out how I want to structure the song. The writing process is the longest and most tedious of course. This could take 20 minutes to 3 days. All depends. I’ll write until I’m pretty much 100% done. This way when I go to the studio I’ll be able to focus on getting the best recording down.
We’ll play around with it for a little bit, change some things up and what not. We’ll vibe out to it for a few and see what we can add or subtract and come to a conclusion. Play it exclusively for a few outsiders then take it to a bar and play it for a crowd to see what it holds.
What do you think makes a great song?
I think a great song lies in the content. The direction it takes and if it gets to where it’s going in a timely fashion it’s great. The beat of course makes a difference too. If it’s something that can move crowds or bob heads, it’s a go.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Official Website: www.G2smusic.com