“And then there is Los Angeles. The west coast scene has died down but with the help of rappers like Kendrick and Y.G. and the OGs like Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre we will have our own sound. Again there is nothing wrong with the way we are doing things, people will just have to catch up to it.”
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Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
IamGhozt: I knew I wanted to do music so I got out here and started doing shows in as many places and cities that I could. Atlanta, Miami, Gainsville, Cali, New York, Jacksonville you name it, I am trying to be there. My first show was in Jacksonville when I got out the military in 2006.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
For me hand to hand exchange still works the best every city I hit. I make sure I have my work with me. When I get on stage I let them know I have CDs for sale. They get to see me do my thing and decide right then and there if they feel me or not. I haven’t been disappointed yet. And of course there are the online site we use to reach people we wouldn’t normally reach.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
The greatest challenge we all face as artists is getting people to listen to or invest in your music. Because they are so many trying to break into the industry, it’s hard for people to see that you can be the one to take it to the next level. And you overcome it by your work and your grind, you show them that you can do it without them.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
I have a couple of places I call home. First there is my country Belize. The music scene has changed since I was a kid. It’s more Americanized but they still have the reggae, the calypso, and cultural music. There is nothing that I don’t like about that, I love how much my country has grown.
And then there is Los Angeles. The west coast scene has died down but with the help of rappers like Kendrick and Y.G. and the OGs like Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre we will have our own sound. Again there is nothing wrong with the way we are doing things, people will just have to catch up to it.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
To be honest I really don’t know where the future of music is heading, but I think right now it doesn’t have too much substance in it. They’re all starting to sound the same and everybody is following the trend. I am trying to be different. I grew up in an era when it was cool to tell stories in your raps. I am sticking to that formula, it works for me.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
You can’t want this without putting in the work and the grind. There’s going to be plenty of days when things won’t seem like you’re going to make it, but don’t give up on your dreams.
What inspires you to write your next song?
I know you probably hear this a lot, but everything I am going through and what I’ve been through inspires me to write my songs.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
My steps aren’t that difficult once the beat comes to me. I go where the beat takes me.
What do you think makes a great song?
A great song starts with a beat. If you have a great beat you can pretty much do or say whatever and the crowd will go with it nowadays. The words are not so important.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?