“The advice I could give to upcoming artists is this, and that’s if you are true to what you do, and it’s real to you, you can do what you want to do. Don’t doubt yourself. Be consistent work on your craft every day.”
Check out the interview with Ladii XO exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
SKILLY: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
LX: Coming from a musical background my mother who sings and my father whose passion for music made mine stronger, wrote my first real rap in 4th grade continued through high school. After I graduated is when I met my manager and husband he made me take the art seriously had me write 100 raps a day and just we built from the ground up since 2012.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
Some creative ways I use to promote my music is by selling it on the internet by giving free downloads, putting out videos to promote songs on facebook and twitter and IG, sell CDs, and whenever there’s a festival our street team is out with us holding posters promoting LadiiXO giving out bucks and fans with my social media contact on it and ways to purchase music.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
The greatest challenge I face in today’s music business is how it changes so quickly one minute it could be about the beat the next minute it’s based on lyrics, then your following it all changes it’s not based on talent all the time. But I overcome by being versatile and staying current and also being myself and letting my fans get to know me as a person and staying humble know that my time is coming.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
The music scene in my hometown is OK. I like the way the rest of the world try to keep up with my city. There’s a lot of trends that start in Cincinnati and a lot of talented individuals. I don’t like the way my city is overlooked. We may not be one of the biggest cities, but we put on the music scene in a major way with some of the best bands, producers, and musicians the world has seen. The Deele with Babyface and L.A. Reed, the Isley Brothers, High Tek, Buggz tha Rocka, and Boosie Collins just to name a few.
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 the future of music is going where it should be; to different heights. I think any and everybody will have a lane to express themselves and get credit or popularity and or respect for being them. Artists can be a part of that by being real and not lying in their lyrics actually relate to a person thru real life experiences, and connect on a positive level so the music can be played anywhere for all ages.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
The advice I could give to upcoming artists is this, and that’s if you are true to what you do, and it’s real to you, you can do what you want to do. Don’t doubt yourself. Be consistent work on your craft every day.
What inspires you to write your next song?
What inspires me to write my next song is really my situation. I try to put my feelings at the moment into what I’m writing because I know somebody can relate.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
The steps I take to make a song is this. First I start writing lyrics without a beat usually around four bars, then I try to think of a song that’s already out that I can fit the flow of the lyrics. Then I’ll just make a whole remix to that song. If it’s decent, I’ll go ahead and record the remix and wrap it up. When it’s FIRE I call up my producer and he makes beats around the flow and the lyrics. Other than that if I’m already in the studio listening to beats, I’m just vibing, and we are just singing and rapping out loud until we say something we like that fits a hook. Then lyrics come after that relating the hook.
What do you think makes a great song?
I think what makes a great song today is the beat first, then the lyrics. Finally, it’s about the person and how they flow on the beat.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
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