“I think the hardest thing nowadays is that there’s a lot of competition and everybody sounds the same but there are a lot of good talents but nobody has the balls to go out of their comfort zone, so everybody sounds like Drake, Party Next Door, The Weekend, and many more artist out there.”
Check out the interview with Isreal Luna-lopez exclusively Skilly Magazine Online.
SKILLY: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
I.L: Well, I’m just a normal kid from the projects. I started rapping in school for fun and I had no intention being a rapper but then I heard “Eli Sostra”, “Amir obe” and I got into the melodic music. I took rapping seriously and started making music about my ex. I made an EP called “Alicia”. I was mad and depressed at the time. I got into drinking and that almost killed me. I got into a car crash but now I’m good. I make music for the listener. I talk about my ex and my depression and addiction, now I’m working on my new album “Holy Shit. I’m Awake.” That’s going to release on May 27, 2018.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
I always used Facebook and Twitter but now I use Facebook and Soundcloud and Instagram to promote myself. It’s hard when you don’t have a manager or a co-signer or a record label to back you up but with the internet now everybody is a label and a producer and a manager. You can be anywhere you want to be with the internet.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I would really like to become a famous rapper and an actor. That would really be my ultimate goal. Something like Ice Cube type of guy and I would like to own my own record label to help other up and coming rappers. I see a lot of good and raw talents that record labels don’t see and I would like to work with anybody that has a wave but unique talent.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
I think the hardest thing nowadays is that there’s a lot of competition and everybody sounds the same. There are a lot of good talents but nobody has the balls to go out of their comfort zone, so everybody sounds like Drake, Party Next Door, The Weeknd, and many more artists out there.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
Like I said, I’m a kid from the projects. I went to Fennville High School, then I moved to Holland. Holland has a different vibe and a different type of music but overall everybody is selfish. Nobody fucks with you if you tell them if you want to have a feature with them. They just act stupid. Every body thinks they are a rapper. Don’t get me wrong, some are good but some just suck. I’m not saying I’m the best in town cuz I’m not. I consider myself trash, that’s what makes me want to become better I motivate myself and will be myself to become better but everybody is good that do their thing but I don’t really like to hear it. I like to fuck around with Rock ‘n’ roll like Kiss, the doors, Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Def Leppard, The Beatles, Guns and Roses, Leonard Skynyrd, & Queen. Living in Fennville, what I hate is, it’s a small town and everybody likes to be a gangster or a Coke boy but in reality, everybody is a little pussy that just acts hard.
What are some of the advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
I can’t give no advice to nobody yet cuz I’m still an up & comeing rapper. I’m not trying to act selfish, I’m just telling you the truth about me and where I come from.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
The best thing that ever happened to me was my ex. If she would’ve never left me, I would never be here. I think I would’ve never been a rapper.
What is your inspiration?
I always had the love for the Rock ‘n’ roll genre. I think most of my inspiration comes from rock. It has a thing that just makes your head move, and rap is missing, see I don’t really fuck with rap like most people and that might be a surprise if you don’t know me like that I get all my melodic vibe from Queen. I fuck with that band so hard cuz they have like 3 beats in one song. They change the tone of the voice, the beat, the bass has a different vibe everything from the guitar to the bass from the base to the vocals everything just clicks together.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Yes, I think everybody can be successful now in days. That’s why we got as rappers like Lil Pump, 69 and many more.
Where can we find you on social media?
Facebook: Isreal Luna-Lopez
SoundCloud: isreal luna-lopez