“The hardest adversity I’ve had to face is the animosity that other rappers will have for one another, let alone the fans loving to hate.”
Check out the interview with Johnny Bliss exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Johnny Bliss: It all started with my dad being a DJ for a local rock radio station, and him taking me to concerts and getting to meet the bands ever since age 4. Although I started playing guitar and singing originally, I found a passion later in my teen life known as hip hop. I began recording in my friend Ben’s basement and from then on out it was an uphill battle to not only get quality music out to the public, but to also gain respect from my peers and other musicians.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I love to get out, meet new people, and promote my shows via handing out flyers and hanging posters. Since I’m also a father as well as musician, I rely heavily on social media to help do the work as well.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
The hardest adversity I’ve had to face is the animosity that other rappers will have for one another, let alone the fans loving to hate. The easiest way that I’ve learned to overcome the hatred is to focus on the success you’ve had so far and know that the only reason that they’re speaking “ill” of you is because you’re doing something right with yourself.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
The music scene here in Lincoln, NE isn’t bad. There’s many conservative people who are almost intimidated to step outside the box and come see an artist(s) they may not be familiar with. Although I will say that I’ve met some of the most talented artists in my hometown and I’ve linked with a lot of artists ranging from Cali to Bronx to Florida.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
I’m honestly not sure of the direction that music is heading, but I hope that we’re leaning back towards the lyrical side of hip hop rather than just catchy hooks and beats. As for artists being relevant in the future, I suggest doing what you do while remaining in the know about what’s happening in the current music scene.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
I merely want other aspiring musicians of any genre to just take the time to learn the music your pursuing, figure out how to tell your story to the world, and no matter what anybody says keep pushing and one day something will nudge just enough for you to start making your way down the path to success.
What inspires you to write your next song?
My life. Plain and simple. My son is almost 2 and he gives me the most motivation to succeed I’ve ever had, not to mention he’s cuter than shit! I’d say a lot of my music comes from struggling and getting down on myself and then having to tell myself that it’s all going to work itself out, especially as of lately with losing my last job because of a back injury.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
I usually sit down and go through my beats folder and start listening to different instrumentals. I always picture the music video of what’s going to be said before I even begin writing the song. Then I get it all laid out, dig deep inside, pull out what’s needed and call up my engineer Yung Steez to hit the studio and lay down some heat.
What do you think makes a great song?
To me, a great song is something that’s timeless. Something people no matter their race, age, or gender, can relate to and all agree upon. I also think that anything that truly comes from the heart and is said with emotion and soul could qualify as a great song, just depends on the listener.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Official website: www.johnnyblissmusic.com
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