“I work on my music like an athlete practices.”

Check out the interview with Kick 5000 exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.­­­­

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Kick 5000:
A childhood friend of mine who goes by the name Supa Mega got me to feature on another friend’s track and that’s where I began.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I can draw, so I go to my natural artistic ability for what is visually interesting to the eye. I also may do a couple of freestyles on hot industry beats to promote.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
The challenges would be local support. I’m in a city where it seems it is every man for themselves. That can stop growth of the city’s music. I have two local artists I am working with from the ground up, and I feel like the time invested in them will keep good music in my city going. I try to travel and network with artists to build a network because we are all working towards the same goal.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
No comradery here in this city. I have a circle of musical artists I worked with that I can still work with outside of that. The DJs in our city are not behind the home grown talent that we have. I like that I see a small change. Rappers are starting to get light, but we need that Chicago and ATL light where the world can see the different types of sounds we have coming out of the south; it’s multifaceted.

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 being consumed at a high rate at this point. As an artist you have to be able to keep up with the listener and getting through your content at a faster pace. Work faster but don’t lose the essence of your sound. I work on my music like an athlete practices. Also be socially involved, fans want to be a part of your lifestyle.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Don’t compare your success to no one else. Set your own goals and achievements, and use experiences as material for your songs if you are a writer.

What inspires you to write your next song?
A coin could drop and I could get inspired. I’m in a mode where inspiration is like breathing. I’m in love with creating a new melody or an unheard bar metaphor or simile. It’s the fact of the unknown. I’m interested in finding out how much better I can get.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
It’s a mood. What I may be feeling at a point for instance. I chant a word that I want to fit into a melody. Once I have the melody, I look for a perfect beat. I start with the chorus first. Once I have the topic, I connect the verses to the subject matter. Then I’ll throw in punchlines. I also always have a breakdown. I like to get the listener involved at that point.

What do you think makes a great song?
The beat, the rhythm, the vibe, the chorus, the engineering, and then the lyrics. That’s the ooze right there.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Official website: www.kick5000.com
Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/kick42
YouTube: www.youtube.com/kickk42
Twitter: www.twitter.com/kick5000
Instagram: www.instagram.com/kick5000