“If you want success get out there and work, don’t sit on your couch or be hindered to your hometown.”

Check out the interview with Hapalo exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
I started making music early in my teenage years and began using a boom box with earbuds as the microphone. Shortly after I began to pursue the career of an entertainer in my late teenage and early twenties.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I try to utilize anything significantly relevant going as in my track with King Crooked is being promoted around the same timeline the show MyOneShot started airing on BET or my other track with Wiz Khalifa was being promoted around the same time when “See You Again” was topping the charts for weeks on end.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
My greatest challenge is staying relevant. I overcome it with the features in my music along with staying out there and not staying complacent.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
I live in the Seattle metro area. The hip hop scene is a little weak, not too many consistent hip hop shows. I like all the love, but I do not like the severity of lack of consistency.

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 going to be beautiful especially right now. We‘re going through a downward phase. All this mumbling, autotune, nonverbal stuff that’s hot right now will subside and we will get back to the true artists that make it what it is. We as artists can be a part of it by being ourselves and not attempting to fit in with what is going on.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Be yourself, put your personality behind the process of making the music which only you can make. Who can be you better than you? If you want success get out there and work, don’t sit on your couch or be hindered to your hometown.

What inspires you to write your next song?
It could be something as simple as an eagle flying over me or even just a memory I’d forgotten about and suddenly remembered.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
I write the verse or the hook, lay it down, and that’s it; just playing. I jam out for a while whether it be hip hop, rock, etc. I like to be in a good mood when I start making a song.

What do you think makes a great song?
The hook, you can kill any verse but if the hook is weak or isn’t catchy it won’t go far.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/hapalo
YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCzPsrvBw0ZsAg0tWGcoPrmQ
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Hapalo
Twitter: www.twitter.com/MrHapalo
Instagram: www.instagram.com/mrhapalo