“Networking with other artists and interacting with the fans on a personal level is crucial to promoting yourself as a brand.”
Check out the interview with Kaotic The Castaway exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Kaotic The Castaway: It all started when I spit my first bars to my mother at eight years old. When I was seventeen I walked into a studio for the first time, and at eighteen I helped name my first rap group in Killeen, Texas. We were Nationwide Coalition. Within the next five years I recorded my first demo with Lorico Edwards of Cloud 9 Productions, and went on to record my first album with Rashad B of Full Circle-Music.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
The best advice I could give the young artists who would like to get their name known and make some money doing it is to never give up. People will tell you what your weaknesses are, you can turn those into your strengths. In high school I was told that my lyrics were predictable. I focused on making my rhymes unpredictable and that took me to another level.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Relevance, determination, and consistency are the hardest challenges I’ve had to face as an artist. As a young artist, with no kids, no bills, and more time to focus on music, it was easier to put all my efforts into making great music. As a family man with more responsibilities it’s more of a challenge to find the time to dedicate myself to making music one of my priorities.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Networking with other artists and interacting with the fans on a personal level is crucial to promoting yourself as a brand. It’s important to push every single, every show, and anything else that the fans would like to be a part of in your journey. It’s good to use current events as a topic to relate to the people who will come to the shows, download your music, and use word of mouth to boost your promotion.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
Seattle is the most diverse artistic city I’ve ever lived in. We have not only great singers and emcees who came out of Seattle, but dancers, DJs, models, and graffiti artists as well. The underground hip hop scene is one of the best in the world. The people who support artistic talent in Seattle come from different cultures, ethnicities, and age ranges. Many of the fans are artists themselves who support one another.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
A year from now I see myself growing as an artist, writer, producer, photographer, director, and a promoter. My entire life I’ve been an emcee. I’m looking forward to working behind the camera and off stage more often and developing a diverse sound with our R&B projects as well as hip hop. Working with my colleagues at D-Tox Entertainment we will continue to grow our network and our fan base, while at the same time pushing our brand and releasing much more music.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
Tupac was one of my biggest inspirations. Though he inspired many artists, actors, and poets across the globe, I felt we had something in common and looked at him as someone who opened the doors for artists like myself. Today I listen to music by one of California’s greatest artists, E-40. He has raised the bar and continues to have a long successful career through the underground.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
There are many great songs coming out this year that I really enjoy listening to often. Some may find it interesting that I am an emcee who doesn’t listen to much rap. I do like to hear Hopsin spit some dope bars, Eminem drop a new song, and Kendrick is one of a kind, but I also appreciate Bruno Mars’s song “That’s What I Like” and Khalid’s “Location.” Not to mention the smoothness of The Weeknd and the voice of Alicia Keys who is still releasing new music.
Where can we contact you and find you online?
Official website: www.d-toxentertainment.com