“My tip for anyone who is trying to establish themselves is that it doesn’t happen overnight. You have to be persistent in this game.”

Check out the interview with Katscratch exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.­­­­

Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
: It all began when one of my friends Nikita was friends with some people on the southside of Chicago who had a studio and they had an upcoming show and were looking for a DJ. They had this one song called “Robot” and I constructed this cardboard robot head for the performance. It was the last song of the performance and they absolutely loved it. It was then I realized I wanted to do music for a career.

What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
Instagram has been an amazing platform. I’ve had people follow me and like my music. My tip for anyone who is trying to establish themselves is that it doesn’t happen overnight. You have to be persistent in this game. Also, don’t be so hard on yourself. It doesn’t help.

What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
Being financially independent and doing what I love. I think I can speak for everyone out there who is following their dream. Living in LA would be sweet. I’m kinda tired of the cold weather in Chicago.

What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
The hardest part is putting in long hours and waiting to hear back from the other side of the line. Being persistent and patient and not comparing yourself to everyone can be difficult. Being able to make a living off of it and have extra money to save. I think I speak for everyone out there.

What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
Chicago is great. I love my city. The music scene is pretty diverse. It can be those small bars or clubs where you can find some hidden gems and some amazing talent. I hate how there is racism in the nightlife. I think a lot of these bar and club owners need to remember that everyone is just here for a good time and good music no matter what color your skin.

What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Utilize your talents and artistry to the fullest of their ability. Be confident in everything and have the drive to be good in life. Don’t be hard on yourself when you feel like life is being a shithead. Keep following your dreams and don’t let anything or anyone get in the way of what you are trying to accomplish.

What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
I’ve had so many things happen and everyday can be better when you are still growing. Last summer I had one of my co-workers tell me that Trap House played one of my songs “We Are Who We Are” at Spring Awakening. Of course I didn’t find out until months later. That made my night and my month.

What is your inspiration?
My inspiration comes from life experiences. It all depends on what is going on in your life and who you’re trying to reach. I always think to myself how can my music make society better or change someone’s life for the better. Sometimes I think of a memory or an experience and I just go off that.

Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Napster killed the music business but also gave birth to a new way of getting music. It’s amazing how someone you don’t even know, who doesn’t even know who you are can find your music with just the click of a mouse.

Where can we find you on social media?
YouTube: www.youtube.com/katscratchmusic
Facebook: www.facebook.com/katscratchmusic
Twitter: www.www.twitter.com/katscratchmusic
Instagram: www.instagram.com/derekrentner