“Getting radio play and getting people to listen to music by independent artists is very challenging in today’s entertainment business.”

Check out the interview with ILL Ruckus exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
ILL Ruckus: The first full length LP we released as ILL Ruckus was called the D.I.R.E. (Da ILL Ruckus Entourage) in 2001. The album was never released worldwide, but sold very well independently selling a few thousand copies.

ILL Ruckus dropped a few mixtapes along their journey, but it wasn’t until 2014 when ILL Ruckus collaborated with Daniel “Mo’Wet” Roper III and recorded the hot single Spazz On’em. Spazz On’em created a buzz that landed ILL Ruckus their first non-exclusive marketing and distribution deal with Tate Music Group (TMG) which allowed them to record the EP Seasoned Vetts Vol. #1 that was released worldwide April 7th, 2015.

Also in 2015 ILL Ruckus performed at our first Coast 2 Coast Live Tour for the DMV Edition. This was our first time performing at a major event with celebrity judges that rated our performance. It seems like after our performance at the Coast 2 Coast Tour our stage presence has improved and we are being booked more frequently for shows.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
We do a lot of our music promotion online, but any time we perform at an event we use that time to interact with the audience to get them to follow us on our social networks. Also, if we see any music platforms that accept new Hip Hop material from independent artists we try to get our music on that platform.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
Getting radio play and getting people to listen to music by independent artists is very challenging in today’s entertainment business. The only way we feel this challenge can be overcome is by making great music people will enjoy.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
The music scene in our hometown is huge. It’s great to see a lot new aspiring artists develop in our community because we are one of the first Hip Hop groups to represent the Lexington Park, Maryland area. What we don’t like about the music scene in our hometown is the lack of support for independent artists.

Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
Music is going to continue to evolve. As artists, we should always make music with content that people can relate to.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Keep pushing and put aside a budget.

What inspires you to write your next song?
Real life experiences. Word play. Self-expression. Emotions. Hot instrumentals.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
Brainstorming. Write lyrics. Pre-production. Final mix.

What do you think makes a great song?
A great song definitely needs a hot beat, but lyrics are important. If a song doesn’t have content it gets boring. We add content to all our songs.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Official Website: www.seasonedvetts.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100007829328265
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/seasoned-vetts
Twitter: @illruckus_mowet
Instagram: @SeasonedVetts

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