“Be versatile but marketable at the same time, build a brand; don’t just make songs! Let people know when they get you they get a package.”
Check out the interview with King Weezy exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
King Weezy: My musical journey started as a young shy and un-confident energetic child. I soon was thrust in the church’s youth choir. In school I was often picked on for not having the latest or up to date clothing and fashion. I honestly believed this assisted in the development of the early songwriting stages. Listening to the likes of Michael Jackson, Prince, The Boyz, Cool Moe D, Chamillionaire, DMX, and T.I. I developed a natural skill for word placement and punchlines.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I personally promote my music on several different channels from YouTube to blogs to magazines to internet radio stations and even extending out to larger platforms such as Pandora Radio. For me it’s all about being accessible. Anywhere that they, the consumer and other mainstream artists are, that’s where I want to be.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
Physical purchases. Downloads are so accessible now and free. Seems as if the world’s more focused on singles, the whole project in its entirety now gets overlooked and bypassed. Granted there has been some really bad projects in my opinion to assist in this downfall, but that’s battle for another day.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
D’Town stand up! I love the fact that big names make sure that Dallas gets put on their tours. That speaks volumes about the opportunity that my city has for independent growth meaning there are millions of fans that listeners that still appreciate a good show in my city.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
Music has always been a revolving wheel, out with the old and in with the new. It’s the unique talent few that learn how and where to place themselves, seek opportunities, grind, learn, explore, expand and critique their crafts that withstand the test of time.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Best advice I could give would be to be more of a Jamie Foxx or Donald Glover rather than a Meek Mill or Jada-Kiss. Be versatile but marketable at the same time, build a brand; don’t just make songs! Let people know when they get you they get a package.
What inspires you to write your next song?
Personal experiences or either what’s needed at the moment. If I see something’s taking over, a wave if you will, I may or may not get involved. It all pends on if I can visualize where something may be headed or if there’s some substance to it. I think of it as kind of playing the stocks. Where and what do I want to invest in at the current time?
What are the steps you take to make a song?
When I am creating a song I have to select the right beat. The beat gets the creative juices a flowing. Shout out to a few producers that have assisted me in this journey: Crank Lucas by way of Washington, DC; BruusMusic out of Chi-Town; Keist on the Track; Beat Mechanics; and Brandon Herrera aka H-Cain Productions.
What do you think makes a great song?
Substance first off, does this track make you feel a certain way instantly? Can I listen to this with all age groups? Can I laugh to this song? Can I turn this song on if I need to talk to someone and can’t? Does this song make me feel cool? I feel that these are a few questions that should be asked when a great artist is making a new song.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Official website: www.originalwritermusic.com
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