“The entertainment business today is at an all-time low. You have piracy still happening, albums/CDs are almost obsolete, and the popularity of streaming is just another form of piracy. Revenue is so scarce.”
Check out the interview with Kidd Star exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Kidd Star: I started off as a promoter for underground rave parties back in the 00’s. I was always more business minded, so I decided running a label would be my best move. Through that whole process I was always deejaying in groups and for money. It just so happened that in time the deejay became the new “rock band” icon. Having music ability in addition just helped me out to really embrace the artist role and well, here I am.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I feel you have to show your personality more than ever nowadays. To me the best way to do that is YouTube. It’s your own personal TV channel. With YouTube the audience can see you, no filter and no restrictions. And if you can connect with your audience personally like that I feel that’s an incredible tool that comes at little to no expense.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
Money. You never have enough and always need more. The entertainment business today is at an all-time low. You have piracy still happening, albums/CDs are almost obsolete, and the popularity of streaming is just another form of piracy. Revenue is so scarce.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
In Atlanta the music scene is in a low point in my opinion. Currently you have venues that just play music to keep a certain clientele in/out or venue’s that are lounge oriented. Honestly, the best venues to go to are the strip clubs. They play it all and you get a great variety of music, and of course the women! Hands down, Atlanta runs the strip club game!
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
The future of music looks bleak to me. Technology is slowly killing music. You have technology giving a false sense of skill to people. If we as a society don’t start putting a value on music eventually we will kill this art form. Artists can’t do anything about it, it’s up to the people and companies. Sad.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
I know I sound pessimistic, but if you do decide to get into music you’re going to have to have persistence; a lot of it. You’re going to have to sacrifice a lot, more than you know. Forget about a normal life and for the love of God learn music.
What inspires you to write your next song?
Daily life, there’s enough bad and good to inspire you for a life time. But for some reason when a tough situation arises, that’s when the best music comes out for me. When life test’s me, I respond back with music. I’d like to think it’s pretty good.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
For me the process usually starts with either a drum beat or a chord progression. Once I either have a nice groove or a great progression, it fly’s from there.
What do you think makes a great song?
A great song is a song that you hear once and walk away humming that riff or hook.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Official website: www.djkiddstar.com