“With me being an independent artist on the rise almost everything is big. Every time someone takes time out of their life to listen to my music it’s big.”

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

Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
I started rapping at 11 years old, but at the time I never really could release the music I wrote because I didn’t have any equipment to record and couldn’t afford it. At the same time I was influenced by my brothers and step-brothers who rapped. I felt like I could do it too, and after my step brother gave me the name “Izy” I was even more determined.

What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
The best way I can say to promote yourself as an artist is to be yourself, not someone else. People have a tendency to be lured by what they have never seen or heard and want to know more about.

What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
In all honesty, I just want to be great. I want to be known for who I am. I can’t predict the future, but that doesn’t mean that I’m not going to work as if I can.

What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
I feel like the hardest part of the music business is being able to determine what’s real and what’s not. It’s crazy how many people take advantage of artists that are willing to do everything they can to make it.

What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
I currently reside in Pensacola, FL. It’s not really a big city, but we definitely throw it down. There’s a lot of trap music in my city as far as hip hop music goes, but trap has been taking over the game lately. As far as far as living in Pcola, like I said, it’s a small town, not much to do but talk and listen.

What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
For the artists that are still trying to come up all I can say is work! Even when it feels like you’re getting nowhere, or feels like no one is bumping to your art, or feels like you aren’t getting enough support. I feel as if every artist is their own biggest critic, but at the same time you can’t let even yourself stop you.

What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
With me being an independent artist on the rise almost everything is big. Every time someone takes time out of their life to listen to my music it’s big. Every time someone comes up to me and tells me that they’ve showed everybody including their dog my music it’s big. I really just have fun with making music. I truly love it.

What is your inspiration?
I’m inspired by the greats that came before me, the greats that are before me, the people who listen to my music, the people who tell me to keep going, the people who know that I will get what I’m working for, and most of all the people who believe in me at the times I’m not believing enough.

Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Satirically speaking, yes, but as far as reality goes it just depends on the time, work, and effort you put into your music. At the same time, music is not for everyone and for a lot of people that can be a very hard pill to swallow.

Where can we find you on social media?
Facebook: www.facebook.com/therealizy
Twitter: @thxrealizy
Instagram: @thxrealizy