“I feel the future of music can’t truly be determined, but if I had I to guess I’d say conscious rap is coming back. Pretty soon people will be tired of being told the same thing in every song and begin to crave substance.”
Check out the interview with King Leon exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
King Leon: I always knew I wanted to make music, even as I child. Listening to the radio and watching BET, I always looked up to the artists in the industry. I just recently started taking my music seriously about two years ago. After undergoing a lot of strenuous situations, I felt it was time to share my story through music.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
As artist who’s just starting out, I haven’t really put out a lot of material but when I do put out a track I just bomb social media constantly. I post it up and have my friends post it up on their pages, and I’ll tag all my friends in it. They probably hate me by now.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
The biggest challenge I face is trying to build a fan base in a city where artists like myself are overlooked. I’m from Miami and people won’t take the time to listen to you because the industry has branded Miami as a city of “trash rappers” when some of the best raps I’ve heard have come from Miami rappers.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
Miami is so lovely when it comes to the music scene. We have so many clubs and parties; it’s crazy. I love it. There are so many performance opportunities available to an upcoming artist because there is so much going in my city. It’s a nonstop club. I don’t like the fact that it’s much harder to get radio play now with new music constantly coming out.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
I feel the future of music can’t truly be determined, but if I had I to guess I’d say conscious rap is coming back. Pretty soon people will be tired of being told the same thing in every song and begin to crave substance. Any artist that wants to be a part of it, can be. Just give it your all if this is what you want; you’ll find where you belong.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Any individuals out there that aspire to be great and successful artists/musicians just be yourself. Music is what you want to live off of so go to school, hang around old heads. Try and gain as much knowledge about the industry and make all the necessary steps to become as successful as the people you aspire to be like.
What inspires you to write your next song?
I’m a down to earth person. It doesn’t take much to inspire me. I get song ideas from things as little as watching a cartoon and hearing a certain phrase, all the way to listening to my favorite artists if I have a little writers block. Just a little good music and blunt will get the mind right and the creative juices flowing.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
Before I make a song I listen to my favorite artists and smoke a few blunts. I’ll lay back, put some instrumentals on, and just vibe out until I find a beat that moves my soul. Then I just start writing.
What do you think makes a great song?
I think a great song is a song with a positive message. A song you can dance to while still being able to relate to the artist and gain something from listening to that song. Even if all you gained from it was a smile.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Facebook: Leon Musiq’soulchild Davis