“I don’t have a manager or anyone to represent me. I have no choice but to do this on my own. If I have to change into a suit and tie and get to business with a brief case then that’s what I have to do.”
Check out the interview with Josiah Picasoul exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Josiah Picasoul: First time I heard of A Tribe Called Quest is when it all started. I’ve been so involved with the music that it took over my life and I found many other ways to be involved. From rap groups to international collaborations to live hip hop bands to solo projects on my own including beat making, song writing, and mixing. It’s been an experience to have and I’m still growing.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I’ve been getting into what are called bumps, those are the mini beat videos Adult Swim uses right before the break of a commercial. I like my art to be visual, it seems to attract the listener more. Almost like a mini commercial and it works if it’s done right.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
My greatest challenge right now would be to get in touch with A&Rs and labels for individual meetings in regards to distribution and promotion. I don’t have a manager or anyone to represent me. I have no choice but to do this on my own. If I have to change into a suit and tie and get to business with a brief case then that’s what I have to do.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
Everyone and their mother raps in my hometown. When it comes to music Cleveland has a lot of folks that sound the same, but then we do have those that are very diverse in their artistry. Normally the individuals that are diverse are the artist that can do more than just rap.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
Music changes at least every 2 years. I’m only 23 and I’ve seen and heard music change more than I can count. One week it’s a trap song that’s hot then next week it’s a pop/r&b record. Artists can be a part of it by stepping out of their comfort zones.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Work on your own accord. No artist or musician should feel the need to work for anyone but themselves. Don’t rush into things, take time to learn who you are and how you can contribute to being a part of music. The key to success is to live to love your trials and tribulations. Overcoming them makes you stronger.
What inspires you to write your next song?
Reading helps. My life helps. My job, my girl, my weed, my liquor, my mother, my family, my tears, my struggles, the crowd, the performances, my passion, music. I can tell you so much that inspires me the list goes on.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
I’ve had many ways of writing songs growing up. I used to be really creative when I was younger when it came to writing. Nowadays I just sit in my car either after work or when I’m home. Take a few drags of the stick and zone out to the beat. I bask in my feelings. I’ll throw the beat on and record myself on my iPod free styling under the influence.
What do you think makes a great song?
Depends on what you’re aiming to do with the song. What I personally think makes a great song is the format. If your format is together from the rhythm and cadence of the verse to the catchiness of the hook along with a banger beat, you got me. Confidence, annunciation, and concept as well.
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