“Promote and spend on your craft. This is your baby. Presentation is everything.”
Check out the interview with Kidd KonG exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Kidd KonG: I’ve always had an interest in music from when I was a little kid. I was always surrounded by instruments, microphones, studios, etc. I didn’t start taking it seriously until about 7 years ago when I laid down a few bars over a friend’s beat in a closet with a condenser mic. From there it evolved into open mic nights to small shows in my hometown to bigger venues within the city. All and all it’s been a good solid 7 years for me in the music scene.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
Stay on top of your craft and never stop promoting. There’s thousands of niggas out here that want to be the next big thing but making the music is only a small portion. Connections also help but not everybody is born into this with connections; you have to go out and make connections.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I want to be known. I want to make it and be heard as a musician, but I want to branch into different paths as well. Acting, directing, movies, etc. I want to be known as that oddball, off the wall artist who made a difference despite the stereotype that my city has made for itself.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
You’re always going to run into guys who try to rip you off, or those guys who wouldn’t give you a pot to piss in when you were unheard but when you start to get a lil buzz, they won’t leave you alone. That’s to be expected in this business. You have your true ones and your bandwagoners. It comes with the title of an artist.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
Baltimore has a huge array of talented artists. The city itself is beautiful, but it’s definitely one of those places that challenges you. I like living here personally because I mean this is home. Musically, this place has a huge variety and clubs that show a mixture of every style.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Don’t give up, but don’t half ass this business. Also, have some confidence and do not, I repeat, do not, make music about stuff you know you don’t do or stuff ya don’t have. Promote and spend on your craft. This is your baby. Presentation is everything. Fans aren’t stupid.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
This right here man. To even be considered to be featured in a magazine is an honor. It shows the hours and the sleepless nights I put in didn’t go to waste and I’m grateful for Skilly and this opportunity.
What is your inspiration?
My service dog. That’s my son, that’s why even as a current couch surfer that I wake up every day and go out and look for every opportunity, every chance I can get to get us a better life style that I feel we both deserve. I have many different inspirational figures in my life, but he’s the reason I’m in my zone.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Absolutely. Without a doubt in my mind. It’s all about what’s trending and how you go about your career. Today, if you’re trending, you’re winning.
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