“Everybody calls themselves a manager, a producer, a record label owner, and claims to have connects. You have to try to find out who they really are before you waste too much time and sometimes money with them.”
Check out the interview with Joe Danger exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Joe Danger: I started when I was 14. I was with a production company called Wartime Entertainment. They helped groom me then later on I started to see my strength was behind the scenes and on the beats. In 2005 I produced and released my group Outtanowhere under my own label that was called Nowhereland Entertainment. From there, until the group self-imploded, I did tours around Ohio and a second Outtanowhere project called Nowhere To Run, Nowhere To Hide.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
The main thing is knowing where you’re trying to go and who you’re trying to reach. There are so many different strategies and none of them are wrong. There is a different approach you have to take if your goal is to be in the top 10 that’s a different than if you’re reaching a more underground base or just trying to touch certain regions.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
The artist’s artist. In other words I want to be that guy that most people on a mainstream level haven’t heard from but their favorite artist are hip to and inspired by.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
All the BS people and fake business men/women that you encounter. Everybody calls themselves a manager, a producer, a record label owner, and claims to have connects. You have to try to find out who they really are before you waste too much time and sometimes money with them.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
There really is no scene, it’s more like a fraternity. The general audience doesn’t support. The sound is like Chi Town and Detroit, a little bit of everywhere. Just depends on how you came up.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Learn, learn, learn, and know even after you learn you still have more to learn.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
I can’t say, I think the best is yet to come.
What is your inspiration?
Wanting to influence the next great artist through music. Artists in hip hop aren’t influenced by songs or albums anymore. They’re influenced by the spoils they believe the rap game gives.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
No, it still takes a certain machine or team behind you to become successful, unfortunately that machine is focused on business instead of art. The reason why guys make it now is because they out hustled the next man instead of having more talent, and as we know most great artists aren’t good businessmen.