“Find good mentors to help along the way, but ultimately follow your own vision, have fun, and make music that makes you happy.”
Check out the interview with Lank Dizzim exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Lank Dizzim: My Journey began in the year 2000 when I started recording at professional studios. Prior to 2000 I was always rapping and writing music with friends in school. In 2003 I joined a rap group called The Prolegend Movement and we released 3 projects and performed in countless venues until 2010. In 2010 I began focusing on my solo career and in 2012 I released my debut mixtape HustleMania which was well received locally.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
The biggest piece of advice I would give to youngsters getting into the business is to just be yourself and trust yourself. Find good mentors to help along the way, but ultimately follow your own vision, have fun, and make music that makes you happy.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
The hardest challenges in my position are to balance my home and family life with entertainment and industry life. From traveling to budgeting, there is a fine line artists have to walk to keep it all together.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
I find the best way to promote my music is to do everything I can do myself on social media, and then also to enlist the help of other services online to spread your campaign.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
Jacksonville, FL is known as the first coast of Florida. It’s usually always warm and people are generally friendly. The artist base here is very large, but we are not necessarily a music market. The artists here typically hold showcases and bring bigger national acts here to help the scene thrive a bit more. Many artists collaborate and the fans are supportive.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I see myself traveling the U.S. and performing for larger audiences with a charting single in rotation nationally.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My biggest inspirations in life were my parents and older brothers. My parents taught me to never give up and keep pressing forward no matter what. My older brothers were entrepreneurs and also introduced me to rap music. Today, I look up to free thinkers and people standing up for injustice and inequality no matter who they are.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I like most of the music coming out today except for anything promoting heavy designer drug use. I like the music with storylines and plots or have a positive message in them.
Where can we contact you and find you online?