“I’m inspired by a lot of artists in the industry, but who I look up to in this world today would be my parents and my brother. Without them it wouldn’t be Holcomb. They showed me how life can have its turns, ups and downs but how to balance it.”

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

Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Holcomb:
It all started back in high school with a vivid imagination in a small town called Camden, Arkansas. After learning to use the MPC, I start recording and collaborating with friends and family. From there on, my vivid imagination became the confidence to pursue a dream that I always had love for. Once I got comfortable, I wanted to start hitting small stages in the area with the family I was working with.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Don’t get discouraged, stay positive, and be yourself. The biggest problem I had was fighting myself. I worried about what other people would think about what I was trying to do or what I was trying to accomplish. I’m an artist from Arkansas that didn’t have a Texas, Memphis, or an Atlanta sound. I had to find my own voice and my own lane to exist in.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
One of my challenges has been finding an outlet to display myself as an artist outside of social media. I didn’t want to be categorized in one particular box or as a trendy artist. I wanted to show my diversity and my creativity. I don’t want to end up just an “internet rapper,” I want to have longevity in the industry.

We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
I’ve done a lot of promoting through social media. I try not to flood my music on everyone’s timeline. I rather post it once or twice and let it work on it’s on. Passing out business cards and hard copies of your work helps spread the word because when people see you and love what you’re doing, they’ll appreciate you and share it.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I grew up in Camden, Arkansas, but I currently live in Jonesboro, Arkansas which is a growing college city. The artists and fans are inspired by and appreciative of good music. If the artist stands behind their craft and expresses the passion behind it, the listeners and fellow musician alike will enjoy it.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
When someone asks me that question I usually don’t have a specific answer, but hopefully a year from now I see myself traveling more with my music, meeting new people, and taking on new challenges. I won’t stop doing what I love doing the most and that’s making music.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
I’m inspired by a lot of artists in the industry, but who I look up to in this world today would be my parents and my brother. Without them it wouldn’t be Holcomb. They showed me how life can have its turns, ups and downs but how to balance it. They introduce me to the music as well but mainly how to stay positive and stay motivated,

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I feel like the music that’s out now is on a balance. There’s always going to be good music and there’s going to be bad music. When it comes down to it we have to accept it. But the artists that are out now that I listen to are trying to keep it alive and opening doors for the ones that are coming up behind them including me.

Where can we contact you and find you online?
Official website: holcomb.bandcamp.com
Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/jholcomb
Twitter: @JH_PrettyyMuchhh
Instagram: @Mr_PrettyMuch
Facebook: Holcomb

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