“I like to be involved in the business side as much as possible, and overall try to have an edge that make me stand out or want people to take me seriously.”

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

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
It all started with having a message and wanting to teach people. Being creative, I’ve been artsy my whole life and started rapping when I was 7 for fun. I’ve been involved in music my whole life, mainly doing choir for 6 years, which gave me an ear for music. In junior high and high school at Hopkins, my friends and I would freestyle every day and hold rap battles that the whole school would spectate. I was able to hone my skill there while going undefeated, but it was all for fun.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
Business cards. They’re professional and most rappers don’t have business cards. I like to be involved in the business side as much as possible, and overall try to have an edge that make me stand out or want people to take me seriously. It has all my social media, music pages, and email for anyone to reach. Other than that, sharing my music with everyone I know.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
Being written off with the over saturation. Music is growing and the entertainment business is always growing. With that there’s a lot of music out there and not all of it is quality. I strive to make my music quality and that definitely allows me to excel and stand out as an artist. That being said, there’s still a wave of bad music out there especially within rap.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
Being from MN, we have a good music scene, and a big hip hop community, but no one really makes it out. Minnesota isn’t a scene that people look at for groundbreaking hip hop artists, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have such talent. If we all continue to make great music people want to hear, promote it, and throw killer shows while having our music on the radio, I think we can create a wave that will get people to look at our scene.

Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
Technology and spirituality are going to continue to evolve the music we listen. Sub genres that exist will create new ones that will be even more of a blend of different genres. Also I feel hip hop is going to continue to be a regional thing as to what shines from generation to generation. Artists collabing, working together to put their area on the map, and getting the people in their area involved is the best way I feel artists can be a part of it.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Keep trying to make quality music. Master your craft, create a formula that works for you, and continue to make quality music from there. Success is what you make it and you don’t know where you wanna make it unless you set goals for yourself. So keep doing shows, sharing your music, and build a name and brand for yourself. Get your resources, get your team, and take the step to achieve your goals.

What inspires you to write your next song?
Putting out a new song. It literally makes me want to put something better out or something of a different style. I keep a competitive edge with myself and with others around me. Constantly writing and always thinking of rhymes 24/7 makes me jot down new material and draft song on the spot and boom I have a new song to this beat and I try to record it ASAP.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
Listen to music that gets me thinking or rhyming. Staying in the zone, and being moved by the beat. The music starts to speak to me and from there I put words to what I think the music is saying. I keep it holistic to who I am, but if the content needs to be specific, I share from that perspective. I listen to a lot of jazz, modern, old school hip hop, and beats in my archive mainly.

What do you think makes a great song?
Quality sound, lyrics, having a message, and great production. It has to sound good. If the instrumental/beat can’t carry itself, it’s not gonna be a great of song in my opinion. I’ve been wrong in many cases, but that’s when the lyrics and production come in to carry the hit. Striving for quality and having all of the elements I discussed will make any song good.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Bandcamp: www.hikaron.bandcamp.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/hikaronmusic
Twitter: @just_braylen
Instagram: @Hikaronmusic