“In my opinion, every song of every genre serves a purpose to someone somewhere.”
Check out the interview with Kwik exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Kwik: When I first fell in love with music I was a young child, but I began playing the tuba in my school band in sixth grade. After playing orchestral music for seven and a half years, while always listening to rap music, I decided to begin creating music on my own. After opening for Lil Wyte from Three 6 Mafia at a local bar, I was driven hopefully toward pursuing a career in what I love most. Today, I could not imagine choosing anything else to do with my free time.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
The best piece of advice I have ever received is to simply never give up on your dreams. At first it may seem impossible to reach levels as high as your dreams would take you, but nothing is impossible if you give it your all without giving up. No matter what your ups or downs look like, have faith.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Personally, some of the most difficult challenges I face with my music are staying patient while attempting to spread my music to new places, finding time every day to create while holding down a job to pay my bills, and constantly trying to contact new connections within the industry to make moves that will help my musical career grow into self-sufficiency.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
There a number of great ways to promote and advertise your music. Recording and posting live feeds on your social sites has been significantly effective for me so far, and it gives your followers a more personal side of who you are, how you look, talk, and act.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I live in the small retirement town of Mountain Home, AR. It is a beautiful and peaceful place, but the music scene is scarce. Local bands in my area are all full of potential, and many of the local artists have unbelievable amounts of talent. I love my home, and they have been my biggest supporters in my pursuit of a career in music.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
A year from today I see myself focusing and performing at a much higher level than I am at the moment. I hope to be performing more for audiences and I would love to have an EP released by this time next year.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
As a third grader I was always inspired and mesmerized by Eminem. I also grew up listening to Nelly and 50 Cent. As I grew older, the Canadian Brass was a huge inspiration to me from the instrumental side of music. My mother is honestly my biggest inspiration though. She single-handedly raised my brother and I without giving up under any kind of condition.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
My mindset on music is generally mutual. In my opinion, every song of every genre serves a purpose to someone somewhere. Many people may not enjoy my music, but to some it serves a purpose. Art is expression of self, so I say, “Express yourself however you please.”