“Ever since I’ve been in contact with blogs and online magazines my amount of plays have gone way up. It’s like it takes a while to realize just throwing up links on Facebook and Twitter can only get you so far.”
Check out the interview with Kieran Alexander exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Kieran Alexander: My brother was really into hip hop (didn’t rap, but he had a copious selection of albums), so I’d constantly listen to Biggie, Dre, Snoop, Gang Starr, Pac, Pun, Tribe, etc. A few years later my brother gave me The Chronic by Dr. Dre as a gift and that’s the album that made me want to make music. The track list is raw, the skits were funny and well put together. I remember listening to it on my iPod on the bus and saying “I gotta make something like this.”
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Do your own thing and be careful with the advice those give you. Many people are going to tell you you’re going about something the wrong way or you gotta appeal to this crowd. You gotta remember that because someone else did something that worked, it doesn’t mean it will work for you. Don’t be discouraged.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
The biggest challenge is time management and patience. I get all these ideas and projects coming at me all at once and once you lay them out it turns into a 4-6 month ordeal sometimes. I like to get things done by the drop of a hat so my impatience really is something I must overcome to succeed.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Ever since I’ve been in contact with blogs and online magazines my amount of plays have gone way up. It’s like it takes a while to realize just throwing up links on Facebook and Twitter can only get you so far. You need an extended source, something that’s not just your home city or county’s reach.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
Around my area there is so many tight artists and producers. You wouldn’t expect it, but people are grinding out here in South Jersey. It’s just unfortunate though because the “local scene” doesn’t thrive off hip hop, for a while it was pop-punk bands taking over. Hopefully in the next couple of years South Jersey is poppin’ with hip hop artists and producers
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
A year from today I still see myself making music, kicking back with my girl, performing some shows, and going to school to receive an education. I totally see my audience expand in such a short time, it has nowhere else to go but up.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
First off, it should be a giving that my parents are inspirations. They don’t necessarily ask how my music is doing or really ask to play it, but not once have they said that what I’m doing is dumb or pointless. My girlfriend Gabriella is also an inspiration of mine, she’s my biggest supporter and also helped me get back into school.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
It depends. Good music is good music. I think there’s a lot of people out there that are overlooked because of the exposure of a few below average artists, but that’s been the case for years.
Where can we contact you and find you online?
Facebook: Kieran Alexander