“My anxiety. I have battled with stage fright as I have developed as an artist. The only way I have been able to overcome this is by putting the thought in the back of my mind and not thinking about it and actually just performing.”

Check out the interview with Kwakz exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Kwakz
: This all started when I was a kid listening to Oxide and Neutrino (UK DJ & MC Duo) and heard Neotrino’s engagement with the crowd. It was then I knew I wanted a piece of the action. I was 13 then and began writing lyrics eventually performing with a school friend at age 14. I developed a confidence issue and did not pick the mic back up for 5 years and I when I did I have not looked back.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I try to engage the best I can on social media and utilize my following to promote my new videos. I also broadcast to my own personal network of Whatsapp contacts and through my mailing list. I’m constantly trying to think of new ways, the more creative the better response and engagement.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
My anxiety. I have battled with stage fright as I have developed as an artist. The only way I have been able to overcome this is by putting the thought in the back of my mind and not thinking about it and actually just performing.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
I love the music scene in my hometown, it is raw-honest and thought provoking. I just wish there were more positive role models that the youngsters can relate to and actually listen to and celebrate. A lot more needs to be done within the community to engage the kids that find themselves constantly at odds with the police, etc.

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 think music is heading to a truer reflection of reality. I believe people want to hear music they can actually relate to, not just music that talks about the stuff they aspire to have. I believe artists are influential and need to accept responsibility as their behavior does effect society, especially young kids with little or no identity.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Build a mailing list, find producers of original material, fresh sounds, and affordable. Build a network around you, help others, and you will find yourself being helped out too. Lose your ego.

What inspires you to write your next song?
Things that go through my mind. If I hear a really fresh beat that makes my whole body move can get my juices going. Also the fact that I am an artist getting to write songs inspires me to keep doing what I am doing. Instead of dreaming my dream I am living it.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
Find a beat, find a subject matter, and find a flow. Then I write my verses off of the vibration from the chorus.

What do you think makes a great song?
Honesty, tone, meaning, emphasis when getting the words out. The meaning can impact the listener.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Facebook: www.facebook.com/kwakzino
YouTube: www.youtube.com/duckmuzik
Twitter: @Kwak_zino
Instagram: @Kwak_zino