“I gain a great deal of information from interviews that I watch on different artist. Artists are always giving jewels to help someone do what they did but better.”

Check out the interview with Joey PopOff exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.­­­­

Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Joey PopOff:
I began to love music at a young age, I was surrounded by hip hop throughout my childhood/upbringing. Recording was introduced to me by my older brother (Michael) who eventually was incarcerated. In his absence I began to hone my craft. Fast forward to today, I have released a number of mixtapes on Datpiff, Hotnewhiphop, and Spinrilla.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
My biggest advice would be to follow your heart. There is someone out there that will enjoy what you do no matter what it is that you choose to do. Do what makes you happy and learn to earn a living doing it.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
One of my hardest challenges in music is marketing. Not only marketing, but also keeping material – not so much music, but videos mainly. Marketing is a job and my career depends on it.

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 gain a great deal of information from interviews that I watch on different artist. Artists are always giving jewels to help someone do what they did but better.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I am from Carrollton, GA. There is a huge music scene here. There is also a great deal of talent here. This is a pretty small town, so there is a lot of support. Although a lot of egos get in the way because there are numerous artists here, I find the support from my city monumental.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I see myself living off of my art.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
Musically, Nas was my biggest inspiration. I began listening to Nas around age 11. I gravitated towards his music because of his ability to story tell. I learned a lot from him. Today I look up to artists like J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar.

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
The game has evolved. There is tons of mainstream music out there that I do not like. The norm now is that it’s cool to be ignorant. At the same time, the people that create this music speak well in interviews. So sometimes I just take the music for what it’s worth but learn more about the artists through their interviews.

Where can we contact you and find you online?
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/joey-popoff
Facebook: Joey PopOff
Twitter: @joey_popoff
Instagram: @joey_popoff

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