“Social media has given artists the biggest advantages and disadvantages in their careers but it is still important to manage. I feel like a lot of artists. myself included a post on SoundCloud and never really come around to creating media like music videos or live performances. People want to see the face of the voice and will be more impressed when you have the full package than just a really cool song.”

Check out the interview with Kwame Badu exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

SKILLY: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
K.B.: I began writing music after my father gave me my first acoustic guitar for my Eleventh birthday. My older brother would always fill the house up with hip hop like Nas, Cassidy, and Dipset and my father would usually play Reggae artists such as Barrington Levy and Gregory Isaac. One time Barrington Levy brought my mother on stage at one of his concerts and my father wasn’t too happy about it. Listening to a combination of Hip-hop and Reggae really helped me create and find my sound.

Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
I began writing music after my father gave me my first acoustic guitar for my Eleventh birthday. My older brother would always fill the house up with hip hop like Nas, Cassidy, and Dipset and my father would usually play Reggae artists such as Barrington Levy and Gregory Isaac. One time Barrington Levy brought my mother on stage at one of his concerts and my father wasn’t too happy about it. Listening to a combination of Hip-hop and Reggae really helped me create and find my sound.

What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
Social media has given artists the biggest advantages and disadvantages in their careers but it is still important to manage. I feel like a lot of artists. myself included a post on SoundCloud and never really come around to creating media like music videos or live performances. People want to see the face of the voice and will be more impressed when you have the full package than just a really cool song.

What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
An artist who can survive and afford to share his vision with the world. I would like to work with various artists either playing backing guitar in a band or help produce the next hit. I am currently running a music collective called Worry Free with artists Mike Holmes, Young Flash, Chachii Chill, Lars Orange, Johnny Tsunami, and Scenic. This team helps me get what I want to become everyday.

What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
Fake promises and flaky folks who are not as serious as they appear. Honestly that’s something you deal with in any business but if you could maneuver through that you should be good for the most part. I believe if you stick to your craft and know that you have something valuable than that should be all you need.

What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
San Diego is pretty great and there are a lot of incredible musicians but the presentation for these incredible artists is not as strong. My city is more of a alternative rock town but we still do a pretty good job of getting local artist out there thanks to radio stations like 91x (91.1). They brought me on air to do an interview and played my song “Pull Up” multiple times. As a local artist that feels pretty good.

What are some of the advice you can give and share with other artists who are still trying to come up?
Stick to your craft and hold what you know and learn. You’re career may not blossom till you’re 40 but if you genuinely love what you do and can hear the music you want to hear then you should be fine.

What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
Opening up for Vince Staples and Mike G with my band Neveready. Three of the members formed another band called Sights and Sages and they just had their single “Algori” played on 91x. Another example of San Diego repping its good music.

What is your inspiration?
Music like TV on the radio, Kendrick Lamar, and Red Hot Chilli Peppers, and Cartoons like Bobs Burgers, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, and the Simpsons.

Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Yeah without a doubt. If anything I think it’s easier then it used to be since everything is digital and music DAWs have helpful functions to make creating music effortlessly. Back then it was you hit record and you nail your live song and maybe if it fits we can throw in some effects.

Where can we find you on social media?
I’m on Spotify, Apple iTunes, Instagram, And all those social media platforms. Check out my single Pull Up Produced by my good friend Weird Nite on Apple Itunes. All my social media is followed by kwamebadumusic so for example Instagram.com/kwamebadumusic. I also have a Worry Free website in the works at Worryfree4ever.com. Thanks for your time.Social media has given artists the biggest advantages and disadvantages in their careers but it is still important to manage. I feel like a lot of artists. myself included a post on SoundCloud and never really come around to creating media like music videos or live performances. People want to see the face of the voice and will be more impressed when you have the full package than just a really cool song.