“I’m from Chicago and there are a lot of talented artists here. The big issue is support for one another. I’ve found that most artist will not support you if you are not in their clique. I’ve supported artists who never show up for any of my shows.”
Check out the interview with Kay Soul exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Kay Soul: I have been on this journey since I was kid writing songs and singing harmonies on my front porch. This journey has really been about consistently putting myself out there and making as many connections as possible.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I do a video blog called “Sessions w/ Kay Soul” which gives fans a chance to go behind the scenes. Whether it’s recording, preparing for a performance, or going on an audition, I let the fans see the hard work that goes into creating music and building a brand.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
It’s hard because the music industry has changed so much and I’m old school. Pure talent just doesn’t cut it anymore. I’ve had to figure out ways to reinvent myself without compromising my morals and values. I have decided to just stay true to who I am and make music that feels good to me. I conduct my business with the utmost integrity. I have found that hard work and dedication still goes a long way.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
I’m from Chicago and there are a lot of talented artists here. The big issue is support for one another. I’ve found that most artists will not support you if you are not in their clique. I’ve supported artists who never show up for any of my shows. However, the love I receive from the fans has been amazing and I continue to draw in new fans with each performance.
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 is definitely moving into a strictly digital streaming platform. I can see the physical CD being completely obsolete in the future. While there has been much debate on what this has done for music sales, I think artists have to change with the times. We have to offer more to our fans than just music. We have to offer a lifestyle brand that transcends the music.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
All I can say is that consistency is key. Your music career has to be something that you work on every day. You have to stay hungry. There are so many tools out here now for artists that were not always available. You have to be resourceful and do the best you can with what you have until you can do better. Don’t sit around waiting for that big break to happen, you have to go out and make things happen.
What inspires you to write your next song?
I’m inspired by so many things. I’m an observer so it may be something I saw in the street. It may be an experience in my personal life or something that I’ve wanted to address from the past. My current EP Deeper is compiled of a series of songs that were written in bits and pieces over time. As my perspective on life changes, so does my music.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
My songwriting process is purely inspirational. I rarely just sit down and say I’m going to write a song. I may hear the music first and the song comes to me. I may have a concept of a story I want to tell and develop the song from there. There is always a visual story behind my songs. Once I can visualize the story I’m telling, the words come easily.
What do you think makes a great song?
To me a great song is all about a feeling. It’s that moment when the beat, the message, and the melody all marry together to tell a story that people can relate to on a real level of shared emotions and life experiences.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Official website: www.kaysoulmusic.com