“Opportunities and following through with those opportunities is what defines success in my opinion. Bottom Line, hard work always rewards itself.”
Check out the interview with Illy Nada exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Illy Nada: It all began in 6th grade when I took band. I played the trumpet and it progressed from there. I got into rapping because of my older brother. One day I put on a beat and started writing. This was in the 8th grade. From then on I told myself that I can do something with this. In 10th grade I quit playing baseball to pursue music full time.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
I think some of the best ways to promote yourself are contacting blogs, keeping up with your social media, making great music, and doing shows with that great music. It’s a system in my opinion. If you do all of those things in combination, I’m sure you will have success.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I think my ultimate goal is to become incredibly skilled at my craft and a person who influences the masses. I want to become more than just an artist. I want to help the world move forward.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
I don’t think there is anything hard about the industry. It depends on how you look at things. If you work hard then I believe you will have opportunities that others don’t have. Opportunities and following through with those opportunities is what defines success in my opinion. Bottom Line, hard work always rewards itself.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
Palm Beach is very laid back and slow compared to fast pace cities such as NY which I am also from. The music scene is saturated in my opinion mainly because of the fact that a major artist has not yet come out of this city. We do have our city dwellers who have a lot of juice here, but in my opinion no one has that “king of the city” influence.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
I’m still coming up myself so it’s hard to give advice. I would say to always remain true, work hard, and know and practice your craft. Those things are like words in the bible to me.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
I had a gig in Sun Fest with a former music group I used to be in called Oval Red. We were awarded performance of the year and beat out Pit Bull and Wiz Khalifa.
What is your inspiration?
My inspiration stems from everywhere really; Fam, friends, buildings, art, the sky, space. All of that.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Of course man. With the digital age you can do anything and everything you want. That combined with a little street promotion will help you make waves. I’m telling you.
Where can we find you on social media?