“What most inspires me to write my next song would be the previous song that I just finished. No matter how great my last track was, I’m always going to try and out do it on the next track. I’m always trying to get better at my craft …”

Check out the interview with Kalm Shawn exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Kalm Shawn:
It all started as fun and games in the garage of a close friend. We used recording as a way to keep out of trouble while having fun at the same time. With more and more repetitions I began to become more comfortable behind the mic and my verses started to really jump out at people. In the beginning I was just dropping hot 16’s, but eventually made my way to recording full songs.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
Nowadays, with the popularity of social media, it makes it much easier to promote yourself. Not only do I do that, but I still use some older promoting methods as well. I have posters, flyers, and I’m taking as many shows as I can get on. The more people I can get my music to the better.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
The biggest challenge for an up and coming artist like myself would probably be building a fan base outside of your local area. The best way to do this would be put yourself and your music out there for potential fans to see. A lot of hard work and patience will be needed because success doesn’t happen overnight.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
Alameda, CA in the Bay Area is really big on the hip hop music scene. Being one the first artists to truly represent for my city, I love how the local venues allow me put together shows on a regular basis. Although I get a lot of support from my city, I would love it if even more folks got behind me and my music.

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 truly believe that the music industry’s going to be all digital and streaming. Yes, live shows will be around but as far as CDs I think they’ll eventually be nonexistent. As an artist you just have to adapt to the changes and invest wisely in those changes.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
The best advice I can give and upcoming artist would be to choose quality over quantity. This is the exact motto that I live by when it comes to my music. I’d rather have a few very professional sounding tracks than a large selection of mediocre tracks. Plus this shows potential fans just how serious you’re about your music.

What inspires you to write your next song?
What most inspires me to write my next song would be the previous song that I just finished. No matter how great my last track was, I’m always going to try and out do it on the next track. I’m always trying to get better at my craft and this is just one of the challenges that I put on myself. I also get inspired by listening to other artists too.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
I either start with a hook that I’ve already written and try to find a beat for it or I have the beat first then I write the hook. Both methods have been successful for me. The hook, being the most important aspect of a song is probably the hardest step and I like to get that part done first.

What do you think makes a great song?
There are a couple of factors that I think go into making a great song. Relatable is key, people have to feel an attachment to the song. A nice beat that brings emotion to the song and of course a catchy hook that folks can sing along to.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCiKhpn73XBtjKM46_GqvspA
Twitter: www.twitter.com/Real_Kalm
Instagram: www.instagram.com/real_kalm
Email: therealkalm@gmail.com