“Never give up! If you quit you’ll never reach your goals. Stay focused and don’t expect things to happen overnight. We’re are all born with a mind with unlimited potential. The only thing that can stop you is you.”

Check out the interview with Ivan N. YaMouf exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Ivan N. YaMouf:
I joined a small rap group in elementary school and then later joined a bigger rap group in middle school until about 22. This was when I first started performing with my group L.T.M. 3 Dots from Portsmouth, VA. We even had a major show at the scope in Norfolk for 103 Jamz Jamz Fest in 2012. Two years later I went solo and started meeting people in the industry.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Never give up! If you quit you’ll never reach your goals. Stay focused and don’t expect things to happen overnight. We’re are all born with a mind with unlimited potential. The only thing that can stop you is you.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
In my position with a wife and family, full time job, and being an artist the hardest challenge of all is balancing the 3 areas of my life.

We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
I would say word of mouth’s still the best way to promote. It’s more authentic and you really get a better chance to connect with people when you do it face to face. Speaking of face, I also would say Facebook’s really a key to music promotion. I have a video on my Facebook page with over 30K views in less than a month.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
Here in Newport News, VA the artists are diverse. That leaves a lot of creative potential for making good music. A lot of people out here listen to a variety of genres. My fans support heavily and are always asking for more music, shows, and merchandise.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
A year from now I see myself as being the most influential independent artist. From music to lifestyle I’m leaving my print on this planet.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
Artist wise I would have to say Lil Wayne was an artist that really inspired me to do music. He wasn’t too much older than me when I started taking notice of his work. The guy I’m really looking up to is J. Cole. He finally started growing on me after his Forest Hill Drive album. He kept it real with himself. That is something a lot of artists today lack.

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I like it, there’s a lot of energy and more melodic verses. The old school was more rugged raw and in your face. One thing I do notice is how the content has charged over the years. A lot of the newer music isn’t a conscious. That’s where I come in and change the game!

Where can we contact you and find you online?
Official website: www.madeitthisfar.net
Bandcamp: www.Ivannyamouf.bandcamp.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ivannyamoufofficial
Email: Eyevan.is@gmail.com