“It’s tuff for me personally, do not know if my music is being heard or enjoyed or even understood, the way I interpret it. Everyone hears things differently. It’s a gift and a curse as a creator.”

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

SKILLY: Tell us where this all began and how you got here now working with an international record label.
BBF: All I ever wanted to do is make music that I enjoy listening to. I decided a year ago that I wanted to explore indy labels so I could have an avenue to release instrumental projects. By chance, I ran across Bentley Records. They are independent and work in the states and internationally. After speaking with the CEO a few times, we both agreed that the market is slim in the states so they helped push me on an international scale.

What are some upcoming releases you have aligned with the label?
I signed a one album deal with Bentley Records. I released ‘PIECES’ (ILLFatedMusic) thru them back in June. I have since released ‘LOZTANGEL EP’ and ‘ANGELZ DIVIDE’ thru my new distributor DistroKid. I just updated my YouTube channel with a free project ‘REMIXXZ & RANDOMZ’ which is a compilation of un-used beats and remixes that I have played with this past year.

Do you find it hard working over 50 hours a week, as well as being a full-time musician?
Yes, it’s very difficult to split my time and inspiration. I wish I could be a full time artist, but that’s just not my life right now. I don’t make music with financial aspirations. I make music to be heard and hopefully have someone enjoy it as I do.

What is the hardest thing about being in the music business as an indie artist?
It’s tuff for me personally, do not know if my music is being heard or enjoyed or even understood, the way I interpret it. Everyone hears things differently. It’s a gift and a curse as a creator.

How do you feel the world reacts to just instrumental artists? Can you explain a bit more about how your music sounds?
Like I mentioned earlier, my label and I both agreed that instrumental albums receive more interest Internationally than in the states. It’s a selfless business when you release beat albums as I do. I hope to open some lanes someday for those that just enjoy creating instrumentals.

What are some of the advice you can give and share with other artists who are still trying to come up?
Very simple. I’m still trying to do the same. ENJOY THE PROCESS. ENJOY THE PROCESS. Whatever your ‘Come Up’ is, just enjoy every moment and respect the process.

What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career this past year?
This year was very blessed musically. I signed with Bentley Records and started working with DistroKid to distribute my music. As a creator at any level. Who doesn’t want to create and have worldwide distribution?

What is your inspiration? What makes you keep grinding?
I think I’m my own inspiration. I always want to to see if I can achieve new levels independently. Each year I set goals to see how many projects I can create. I personally challenge myself. As an independent artist, it’s really hard sometimes to find encouragement and support. We really need to push and challenge ourselves.

Where can we find you on social media?
Facebook.com/illfatedmusic/othelomusic
YouTube.com/othelomusic
Instagram.com/j_othelo
SoundCloud.com/othelomusic