“In today’s music industry the more you are seen the better; internet connects you to the world.”
Check out the interview with Hillion, Diz, & Gav exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Hillion, Diz, & Gav (A- Train): For us it all started in our hometown of New Brunswick, New Jersey. Back in the day we used to see our old heads on the block spittin’ rhymes and that inspired us to do the same. That also inspired us to form our own group (Alliance Records) which is also known as A-Train. We started recording our music in the local studios.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
We would say do what you love and follow your passion. Don’t ever let nobody steal your dreams. Stay consistent with your craft. Work on it as much as possible. Cliché but be a leader and not a follower.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Some of the challenges that come with being an artist is having balance. At this point it’s about trying to juggle everyday life with having time to do everything else (family, personal life, music, etc.). Also, getting your music heard on a bigger platform in an over saturated market is another challenge.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Social media seems to be the biggest and best outlet to promote/advertise your music today. Also, being able to have your hometown/city behind you. Have the local DJs spin your records. Hip hop blogs are also good to use, as well as internet interviews. In today’s music industry the more you are seen the better; internet connects you to the world.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
Our city is super talented. We’re from a small city, but it’s filled with a lot of bigger dreamers. Exit 9 off the Turnpike. The fans show love and they appreciate good music. There’s a lot of different movements in our city, but we all show love for the most part.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
A year from now we see ourselves with a few new projects online for purchase. We also see ourselves being requested in multiple cities to perform our latest single or project. We like to believe it is progress, not perfection.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
Our biggest inspirations would be the likes of Jay -Z, Nas, The Lox, Wu Tang Clan, Major Figgas, 2Pac, Half a Mill (RIP), Beanie Sigel. People we look up to in today’s world are Jay-Z, Diddy, Dr.Dre, Ice Cube, T.I, Kendrick, and J.Cole.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
The music today is what hip hop has evolved into. We personally prefer the golden era for us which is the music more geared to lyrics. We embrace the music of today and yes we love it for what it is.
Where can we contact you and find you online?
Twitter: @gavsterdam | @Trainmusicgroup