“The fans in my city are amazing. I have people come up to me and ask for pictures or come up to me and say they heard my music. The fans in my city motivate me because they remind me that I have people listening to my music and watching the moves I make.”
Check out the interview with Joshua October exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Joshua October: I started off as a dancer before the music even came into place. Then I wanted to expand my talent and try something new. I started writing music to my real life experiences and what was going on. I was recording songs off of my sister’s lab top and posting them up on my social media pages. I got a lot of negative feedback and everyone was telling me to stop. I was horrible. I took that negative and used it as motivation to prove everyone wrong. I now have a lot of supporters, from loving my music to looking up to me as a music artist.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
My advice would be to go hard with it, everything you do in life give it 200%. If you want to be a music artist you need to know that everyone wants to be famous and everyone wants to be rich, but no one wants to put the work in. What is going to make you stand out from everyone else? Is it your work ethic? Your dedication? Your performances? Your music in general? You need to work hard and don’t let anyone knock you down. Most important to never give up on yourself or your dreams.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
I think some of the hardest task right now in my position is knowing who to trust. A lot of people want to pretend and be my friend for all the wrong reasons and nowadays you have some good ass pretenders out there. I’ve had to cut a lot of people out my life because of that.
Another reason is how I could tell if a female really loves me and she wants to be in a relationship with me or Joshua October. These are some examples that I’ve been through and challenges I’m still going through. Believe me, I’m learning as I go and grow. I won’t have these challenges forever.
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 think the best way to promote my music is by the people I meet and connections I make. My fans and supporters are the best, they help me spread my movement by reposting and sharing my music. With the connections I make with meeting celebrities and having them get to know me, not only as a music artist, but as a person which builds up a friendship and their support with my music.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I love my city. I’m from Boston. I grew up in an area called Dorchester. Not the best place to grow up at, it’s known for its violence. My city made me who I am, a tuff and independent hard working artist. The fans in my city are amazing. I have people come up to me and ask for pictures or come up to me and say they heard my music. The fans in my city motivate me because they remind me that I have people listening to my music and watching the moves I make.
Other music artists in my city are really only about them. There’s not a lot of love and support out here with music artists supporting other music artists. They feel that one needs to be better than the other without realizing love and support will help both along the way.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I always look into the future when I think about my career and where I’ll be at. I have V.O.A.K tatted on the back of my neck which means “visions of a king.” All I see is success, accomplishing greatness known for my music and everything I’ve been doing in the music business. Royalty and loyalty is all I see from now till the future.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
Growing up I looked up to Chris brown a lot. He influenced me on becoming a great artist and a dancer. As I became more serious about my craft and what I was doing I realized that I don’t look up to any celebrities anymore. Even if they influence me in a certain way or I like their music a lot. The only people that inspire me is my family, my mom and dad. No one will love you and care for you unconditionally like your family will.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I feel like back in the 90’s we had way better music coming out, real good hip hop and r&b joints. Nowadays the whole music game changed up and you’re not a cool or dope rapper if you don’t have a hard beat and aren’t talking about bitches, guns, and clothes.
We got some really dope ass artists out though. I listen to J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, MGK, and Drake. Their music is really dope and as far as r&b singers I like Chris Brown, Pia Mia, Tinashe, and Usher. We have good music coming out and music that’s negative and infecting the world with violence, hate, and disrespect.
Where can we contact you and find you online?
Facebook: Joshua October
YouTube: Joshua October
Reverbnation: Joshua October