“I use my face and my image on just about anything you can imagine. I’ll customize a shower curtain if I need too. I utilize events, showcases, and anything possible that my music can be pushed.”

Check out the interview with Hi$e Cold exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Hi$e Cold: It all started at a basement party years ago. I stepped into a lifestyle that made me passionate. I got to express myself as myself and it stuck with me. I invested in myself so I can provide for myself and those around me who also invest in me.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I use my face and my image on just about anything you can imagine. I’ll customize a shower curtain if I need too. I utilize events, showcases, and anything possible that my music can be pushed. I’m not picky when it comes to self-promotion, billboards are expensive, so I’ll just create my own billboards.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
Support from surrounding cities seems to be the most difficult thing to achieve, not being able to live and learn in those cities keeps me more low key to them I think. I overcome that by reaching out to familiar faces and friends in those cities and states; you never know who might start listening.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
Chattanooga is pretty multi-genre and open armed about any kind of music. But they also have their stuck up side. I guess that’s just anybody who likes music. Some people like their cucumbers pickled. To say the least.

Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
Visionaries working with other visionaries, people being their own business and destroying the choke hold of big business money. Support local. God bless all the trap gods still, but dope underground rap still kills the game. Oh, and white rappers will have a place like Graceland where all the rappers can go and be secretly heady and drop LSD. No, not a cult.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Be humble. Love yourself. Be empathetic. Watch out for the fakes and the snakes. Cherish moments. All of them make up your story.

What inspires you to write your next song?
Imagination overload. Metaphorically transforming my emotions and feelings.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
Live. Think. Write. Rap. Repeat. Not in that exact order.

What do you think makes a great song?
Energy being expressed through words. Words expressing the energy. Spreading a message into existence that someone may need to hear. That connection is why music will be forever. Whatever connection you might be looking for.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
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