“The hip hop scene is very hard because every rapper thinks he is the best and wants to prove to other rappers he is. The dream of being famous and their giant ego blinds them.”
Check out the interview with Greemlin exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Greemlin: I got my first acoustic guitar when I was 7 and my first electric guitar at 9. By the time I was 11 years old I could play almost every Metallica song and solo, thanks to one of my uncles who taught me everything. I was a guitarist/vocalist in several death and black metal bands, but it never went far. When I became an adult I got deeper into hip hop.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
Put your whole heart on stage, rep your city, and make real friends. I’ve tried to promote myself on social media when I first started, but if no one knows you they won’t click on it. You need to be out there doing shows in your city, meeting real people, handing out CDs, and t-shirts.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
Being famous is not what I really want, but I guess it comes with it. I want to be able to make music for a living, make this my only career, go tours and shows, have a manager book my performances, and a label print my CDs and distribute them. I want people to see Greemlin as one of the best rappers there is.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
I will say from what I experienced, the metal and rock scene is very nice and people are all nice. I think it is because every band likes playing with each other. The hip hop scene is very hard because every rapper thinks he is the best and wants to prove to other rappers he is. The dream of being famous and their giant ego blinds them.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
Ottawa is a great city, but music wise people don’t support each other. Even fans don’t listen to local music that much. We got mad talented artists, but I feel that since it isn’t New York or LA, no one ever makes it far. That’s probably why I love doing shows in Toronto because it is better known. I still rep Ottawa all the way though.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Stay true to yourself. I was in a metal head, I still am, but this is my background and I carry it with me. I rap about anxiety, freedom of speech, drugs, injustices, and stuff I lived and dream of. I will never rap about money, cars and girls because this is not who I am.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
While I was doing a show in Toronto a girl came to me with her friend and asked me for an autograph. At first I laughed and said I’m just a dude like everybody else. She then said that she saw Tory Lanez at his first show in Toronto and she took his autograph that day knowing he was gonna be famous. She said she saw the same thing in me that night.
What is your inspiration?
I got three stages to my inspiration: the flow, the beat, and the lyrics. The Flow I get from my influences like Eminem and Lil Wayne. The beat is the mood I’m in if I write a beat or choose someone else’s beat. The lyrics, I write them with the beat in my headphones until I’m done.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
I would say that there is a lot of good artists that are still unrecognized. Raw talent is hard to find and keeping it for yourself only is frustrating. I see people calling themselves artists and can’t even sing or write their own music. What saved them? Well they probably worked very hard for it. I think it’s all about hard work and luck.
Where can we find you on social media?
Official website: www.greemlinmusic.com