“You have the new school and old school going at it like it’s a feud. If it wasn’t for the old school the new generation wouldn’t know nothing about music and where it came from.”

Check out the interview with Ikey Montana exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Ikey Montana:
It started in high school. My cousin came over one day asked me if I wanted to become part of his group. I said yea not knowing how to rap or write. Three months later I was a lyrical genius.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
The major social media networks and walking up to people asking them to listen to my music.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
What’s the next song, next hook, and next step? What do I have to do to be a greater me? I just usually sit back, dream that I was on stage already singing the song. I pray sometimes or just sit there and think until I fall asleep. I mostly like falling asleep to instrumentals.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
It’s not a pretty popular city wise, but the locals around love it. I love that people give you a chance at what you do. I also like that there’s a lot of people willing to work with whoever. What I don’t like is my city doesn’t get noticed as much as others cities. I just wish we got the same attention as others.

Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
I think it will be all over the place. You have the new school and old school going at it like it’s a feud. If it wasn’t for the old school the new generation wouldn’t know nothing about music and where it came from. I feel artists can be more a part of the industry by contributing.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Keep striding, don’t give up, pray if you think it’s going downhill – ask a close relative who understands.

What inspires you to write your next song?
Other artists, new beats, the lyrics, and what I want to be in life makes me write.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
Make a beat, write, lay it down, edit, master, mix, and post it.

What do you think makes a great song?
A great instrumental.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Official website: www.audiomack.com/artist/ikeybigbenmontana
Facebook: Ikey Montana
Twitter: @DaEDaE_YS

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