“Never rush anything and really plan out your concepts to fit together. Don’t be just some artist who made up some stupid sentences that happen to rhyme. Take your time. I can’t state that enough.”
Check out the interview with Kenny Bryant (EyeV League) exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Kenny Bryant: It all started out around 2003. I had a metal band and I could never keep people coming to practice and so eventually I just decided to go solo. That’s what landed me in hip hop. I’m looking forward to the new genre where I’m going to mix the two. I’m going to call it thrash-rap and it’s going to be more different than it’s ever been done.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Don’t be that artist that records off his phone and puts it on Soundcloud. In music, quality and good music videos will make all the difference you need when you want to advance. Never rush anything and really plan out your concepts to fit together. Don’t be just some artist who made up some stupid sentences that happen to rhyme. Take your time. I can’t state that enough.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
The biggest issue really is just getting people to listen and I don’t just mean play, I mean actually hearing what I’m saying. It seems like nowadays only thing people hear is the beat. The other major challenge is to make sure that you know what you’re looking for, what you deserve, and what you need to do and what you want to do. Other than that, it’s just figuring out the business and persuasion.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
You have to have influence, you have to be able to make people talk about you. Focus and work until people know who you are. Also, don’t just play one city or venue. You have to spread the influence and niche you’re trying to make. Once you get them talking, it’s not a time for rest. It’s the time you need to put in the hardest work you’ve ever put in. That’s a common misconception I see.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
Cincinnati has a lot of dope-unnoticed artists in my opinion. My city is really varied here as far as fans. Just like most places you have the 10% lovers, 10% haters, and 80% bandwagon fans that will only support when they think you’re taking off. The main issue with our fans is that if they know you whatsoever, they want everything free and are not willing to support their local scene. Let’s see some unity!
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I don’t think I’ll be leaving my city anytime soon permanently. But I do see myself touring all the places where I have fans in within the year.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My main artist influences might surprise people. My all-time favorite rapper is Vinnie Paz, metal would have to be Fronz from Attila, and singing is and will forever be Jonny Craig. These are the types of musicians I like to take inspiration from when I’m in a rut. I have a broad palette, but these are just a few of my “day ones.”
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I like a lot of what comes out. Personally I don’t believe there has been any kind of drastic change in the music business itself. It’s still 60% garbage and 40% good music. People these days act like everything that came out before 2005 is amazing and everything after sucks and that’s just closed minded.
Where can we contact you and find you online?
Official Website: www.KennyBryantMusic.net