“If you’re talented enough and you want it bad enough and you believe in yourself, then the risk should be worth the reward.”
Check out the interview with King Moe exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
King Moe: It all started in North Carolina. I was born into a family of music. My mother was part of a high school band and my father was an MC. I wrote my first song at the age of 11. I was with a local record label by the age of 12. The rest is history.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
The best way to promote yourself as an artist is to invest in your brand. If you’re up and coming or just starting out, you will have to do a lot of self-investing. Reaching out to blogs, internet radio, independent clothing lines, building your social media presence, performing live, and giving/selling merchandise at venues will definitely keep your brand relevant.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
Ultimately, I want to become a mogul, an icon. I don’t just want to be known as an artist, I already wear many hats as it is. I want to be one of the one’s who contributes to shaping the entire culture of music. My love for music is endless. And just like the love and passion I have, I want to be timeless.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
The hardest thing about the business is getting into the business. Once you’re in, staying relevant is the next challenge. Everyone knows that music styles change every day. You have to bring something new or impactful to the table at all times. The consumers have the power.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
I’m from a small country town, Wayne County, NC to be exact. It’s turned all the way up out here. A bunch of hate and murder. Living in a small town with no opportunity and everybody’s broke, that causes chaos. Ain’t no music scene here really. The only ones that are really killing it from my city are my cousin Masona, he’s doing 5 years in prison; my little homie T-Quail, one of the most lyrical MCs of this generation; and my big homie 100 Cream, I never seen someone make so many boss moves.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Believe in yourself for one. Don’t expect no-one to do anything for you. Sometimes you have to be the graphic designer, the promoter, the manager, the producer, and the bodyguard all at once. A well-known artist once told me no-one will believe in your plan until you make it come true. Don’t be afraid to lose or fail. Don’t be afraid to take the risk. If you’re talented enough and you want it bad enough and you believe in yourself, then the risk should be worth the reward.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
The best thing that has happened in my career is the fact I am finally getting noticed for my work. I have been putting in work doing everything on my own. I never had people behind me. I invested in myself. I wrote the songs, mixed the songs, promoted the song, encoded and registered the song (properly), got on radio, and booked shows all off the muscle. I thank the people that guided me along the way, without them I wouldn’t be here having this interview.
What is your inspiration?
My inspiration is the struggle. I have been a lot of places in my life. I even served in the military for two years. I noticed that everywhere I have been we all deal with the same pains. We are all connected believe me when I say that. I speak for the ones going through trials and tribulations. So you can say I’m inspired by being an inspiration to others.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Of course. Anyone can be successful, it’s all about how dedicated you are and and the drive you have. It takes hard work, talent, connections, and a whole lot of prayer.
Where can we find you on social media?
Official website: www.1kingmoe.com