“I do a lot via social media and I constantly search the web for internet radio and mainstream radio stations offering to play indie artist songs.”

Check out the interview with Juan Da God exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Juan Da God:
My journey started in the entertainment business started when I drove to northern Indiana to record a song called “Geek Rental” with my guys from my neighborhood. That was my first time recording. I was incarcerated in 2001 for bank robbery. I was released in 2010. That gave me plenty of time to write. Upon my release I released my first album independently in 2011 titled Back Like I Never Left.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
This is one of biggest challenges with being an independent artist: not having the amount of money it takes to do the proper promoting and marketing. I do a lot via social media and I constantly search the web for internet radio and mainstream radio stations offering to play indie artist songs.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
Independent artists given the equal chance to be played on radio like major label artists and also being able to obtain the same music licensing opportunity that major signed artists have. To overcome the challenge, as I said before, I search for radio stations that are willing to give my music a chance to be heard.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
The music industry is small here in Muncie, IN. There’s not much for growth, but there are few that collaborate well together. We share ideas, strategies, and of courses verses. The hometown support I feel could be a little better such as more fans coming out to the local shows.

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 think the future of music is going to be more watered down because it’s becoming watered down now. I want no part of this because music is supposed to be art. We as independent artists need to continue to produce good interesting lyrics that people can relate to and a relevant sound with the right amount of promo.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
My advice to upcoming artists/musicians is to keep placing your music in different areas and traveling to different areas. Always network like it’s a job. Pursue an active schedule with new singles, albums, videos, and live performances. Stay positive and do not let someone tell you your dreams are unrealistic.

What inspires you to write your next song?
Hearing a beat that’s nice inspires me to write my next song. The beat does it for me, and I just like making new music because I don’t know what’s going to be my next hit. It could be a song I don’t like as much, but the masses like; you never know.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
I buy the beat or beats and listen to them until I can get a hook/chorus and go from there. Or I’ll find some of my old written rhymes and see if they match the beat and use that. Then I go to either of my engineer Michael Whitehead or Andy Christman and record. They’ll mix it down and master it.

What do you think makes a great song?
A great song has good lyrics, nice rhythm and/or beat. Also it has to have some substance to it. Emotions, good and bad. When a person can feel your emotions, your happiness, your anger, your pain they can relate to you.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/j-472
Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/juandagod
Facebook: Djuane Mcphaul | Juandagod765
Twitter: @Juan_da_god
Instagram: @Juan_da_god