“Make sure you’re giving your all in the process of making the music. That will really shine through when you start pushing your music out there to people.”
Check out the interview with Komplex Kai exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Komplex Kai: It started with my love for hip hop as a young boy. So many artists had an influence on me and taught me a lot when I was growing up. I always liked lyrics, listening to lyrics, learning them by heart, and eventually writing my own. So, long story short, writing. That’s where it all began, writing my thoughts in the form of rhymes when I was a kid.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Concentrate on the music first. Make sure you’re giving your all in the process of making the music. That will really shine through when you start pushing your music out there to people. Once the music is done, you really have to just use as many avenues and platforms as you can to gain an audience.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Easily, the time away from my family. At any level, the lifestyle of a rapper or musician is a very demanding one and takes a lot of time away from family and friends to make things happen. It’s a constant grind and there’s not a lot of energy left at the end of any given day, but I do my best to make sure there’s some left in the tank for my children.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
The most effective ways would be doing shows and social media. It’s undeniable that number 2 should be a big focus of any rapper’s or musician’s plan in connecting with potential fans. As far as number 1, which will always be important because people can see you perform, decide if they’re fans, and purchase music and merch right on your site.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I think it’s dope. I still like going to a local show to see what’s going on musically. I feel I can connect with some of the local artists because they were raised in the same area as me. There are still some cats who try and follow fads and sound like other regions and stuff like that, but most of the time if you make good music, I’ll support it if I’m able to.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
Progressed, from my present place anyway. I’ll look to continue to grow and hone my craft and just trust where that takes me. I’ve pretty much chosen my path in life, so I have to continue to work at it and just hope that eventually that will lead me into accomplishing these goals I’ve set out for myself.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My personal inspirations are always going to be the ones closest to me. My grandma Michele was a huge inspiration while I was growing up. I feel like there are ton of people to look up to as well. People in our communities who seem to always have a smile on their face, or people who work daily for change and make positive impacts on other’s lives.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I won’t say I like it or dislike it, or that I really get it. I personally connect more with some of the older stuff and I think that’s because I listened to a lot of it when I was younger. I won’t knock the new stuff though, if it’s coming from a genuine place. If it’s not, I think the people will let you know.