“I typically work on two to four songs at a time for a few weeks and during each recording session the goal is to complete four to six songs.”

Check out the interview with Ish Carnell exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Ish Carnell:
My love for music started with my upbringing since everyone around me is talented in some way. I grew up singing and performing in my hometown church and local talent shows, but the urge to chase a songwriter and artist lifestyle came from my granddad. He’s always been a “go getta” despite any obstacles he’s faced throughout his life.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I like to connect with DJs across the world since they can help with a lot of groundwork. As an independent artist you can’t always cover alone. Soundcloud is a website that really helps me get outlooks on individual songs I’ve uploaded and to connect with my fans. I also like to go to record and CD stores to get my music out to true music lovers.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
One of the biggest challenges is that there aren’t any outlets in music for my area. Kentucky is a small state, but the talent is crazy! Doing what fits the situation is how I like to play it. I just always work and try to plan things that suit my lifestyle along with goals my loved ones and I have.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
I come from a small town in the area code of 270. I like that the artists in my city want it just as bad especially since it’s long overdue for Kentucky in general to be heard. However, the barriers between people, cities, and cliques make it harder for the 270 as a whole to make this shit pop.

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 don’t think the future of music can be determined. There are sounds that we haven’t heard nationally in America yet and with technology, music, and dance changing like seasons there’s no telling what’s to come. I always feel a part of the culture when I see any artist from the ‘tuck representing. So just jump in and get lost in the music and you never know maybe the right set of ears will have you found.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
The best advice I can give is to be observant and invest in yourself as much as you possibly can. Follow how artists you look up to move within the industry and learn from engineers and DJs. Listen to as many genres that catch your ears and try to learn a part of the game from it.

What inspires you to write your next song?
My son, his mother, and my family. My inspiration comes from the people around me and those in the community. Between conversations with my brother to being a part of a conversation with some of the neighborhood elders to shooting hoops. It’s the simple things in life that keep me going.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
I typically work on two to four songs at a time for a few weeks and during each recording session the goal is to complete four to six songs. It’s all based on feelings. I try not to rush them in most cases. I try to give my fans a variety so each song is usually a different genre and totally different vibe than the next.

What do you think makes a great song?
A song about anything that can relate to everyone makes a great song such as love, friendship, and family. Then on the flip side there are topics of hate, lust, and money that can make a great song. Of course the writing and recording are huge players in a song, but it’s really all about the feeling that you give your fans.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/ishmal-baker
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ishda3
Twitter: www.twitter.com/ishda3