“Resources are probably the biggest obstacle an independent artist will face. Plus, without a real team, the responsibilities involved to put music out the correct way can be overwhelming.”
Check out the interview with King R.O.B exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
SKILLY: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
R.O.B: I started writing poetry as a child and wrote my first rap at nine years old for a talent show. I started freestyling in the high school courtyard with the other rapping guys. Fast forward to 2002, when a freestyle of mine got me an invitation to join the group, Team Playaz as a part of PiggPennProdukshunz. I put in a lot of work with the team and eventually got my own studio, Recording Kingz Studios in 2012. I’ve been putting on local shows and putting out music digitally while working with other local talents via music and comedy.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Believe in yourself and what you are trying to do first. Then know yourself and what you are trying to say. Be positive and develop a plan. Invest your own money into yourself.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Resources are probably the biggest obstacle an independent artist will face. Plus, without a real team, the responsibilities involved to put music out the correct way can be overwhelming.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
I’m working on multiple internet advertising outlets as well as FM radio and local shows.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
Houston is the best city to me. I would like to see our live music culture more centralized because Houston is so big it’s tough to catch everything going on. The artists in the underground are dope and the fans are dope as well. I truly believe this is a great place to make it
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I believe I will have more of an internet presence. I see my upcoming project “Making Moves & Winning” actually selling and me doing shows hopefully around the country.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
Of course, people like Tupac, Scarface, Nas, UGK, are definitely huge influences because of the content and ideas those guys presented. The independence of Houston artists and people like Master P inspires me to own myself. The independence of today’s artists and the potential from the internet gives me hope for my own success.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
There’s always “good” and “bad” music. I like a lot of stuff that’s out there and the stuff I don’t like I ignore it.
Thanks! Where can we contact you and find you online?
@Teamplaaya on all social media. 713.494.8692 or Teamplaaya@gmail.com for all bookings.
Internet Radio: http://www.jango.com/music/King+Rob+a+k+a+Renaisance