“So far the best reaction I’ve got was out in person. My tip is simple, find time to get out on your feet and in front of people.”
Check out the interview with Hanzo The Phantom exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Hanzo The Phantom: I have a very music oriented household. Everyone in my family has a specialty for something musical. My parents are self-taught instrumentalist and my older brother’s a wicked drummer. I was the only one who didn’t exactly adapt a musical instrument. As I got older I was more of the poet which of course translated over. From there I just studied what I liked across different genres. I found my niche in songwriting and rhyming.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
So far the best reaction I’ve got was out in person. My tip is simple, find time to get out on your feet and in front of people.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
Ultimately I want to be iconic for the right reasons. I want to be iconic in the artist perspective and in the “force to change the world for the better” perspective. I want to be iconic as a master of my craft and I want it trickle down to build a stronger generation of artists.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
The hardest thing about being in the music business is combating the ignorance and the saturation. There are so many talented people out there and technology has given everyone a shot. It’s coming down to the wave. How big your wave is and how long will it last?
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
Currently living in Seattle and the music scene’s very cultured here. Definitely diverse and there are a lot of open ears; more than I expected. Living here’s awesome. It’s my speed and it’s beautiful out here.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Nose to the dirt. Just grind. Don’t complain about people not supporting on social media or anything. Just put your plan together, stick to it, and adjust as needed.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
Tough to say because we’re just getting started. It’s probably a tie between dropping my first project BackYard PostCards. It was a big leap as an introduction. However, nothing compares to a crowd yelling for an encore. Did a show locally, probably close to a 100-150 people in the venue, all asking us for another set. It was chilling. I loved it.
What is your inspiration?
My inspiration stems from a variety of concepts. First concept is the art of murdering beats, getting on the track and dropping bar after bar after bar. I’m inspired by comics and the multiverse theory. I’m inspired by Shakespeare. Finally, I’m inspired by love. Love for your friends, family, and significant others.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
I don’t feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music. It takes a certain level of seriousness and strategy. It takes faith in yourself, it takes mastering your craft. I want to expose those looking for a quick buck and want to propel those who actually have a heart for music, artistry, and entertainment.
Where can we find you on social media?
Official website: www.hanzotp.com | www.trackyonmusic.com
YouTube: Hanzo The Phantom