“… as artists we can make sure rap music doesn’t stray too far from its roots by continuing to be creative and taking pride in our product.”

Check out the interview with Leph Louie exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.­­­­

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Leph Louie:
I first started performing in clubs and getting radio airplay in Denver, CO. Networking with DJ’s, promoters, and other artists helped me build up my buzz.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I’m always trying to come up with new ways to promote my music. In the past I’ve given away t-shirts, wristbands, lanyards, music, etc. to help get my name out there. I also jumped on several shows with national acts. That gave me exposure in front of larger crowds.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
The greatest challenge is trying to stand out in an oversaturated industry. Everybody and they Momma raps now, so people don’t think most unsigned rappers are worth listening to.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
The hip hop music scene is dope. There’s a lot of local artists you might’ve never heard of making really good music.

Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
No telling what the future holds, but as artists we can make sure rap music doesn’t stray too far from its roots by continuing to be creative and taking pride in our product.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Work hard and have faith in your vision and what you believe in.

What inspires you to write your next song?
Varies. It can be a scene in a movie or something that just happened the night before. Sometimes I just wake up in the mood to write and start going through beats till I hear something I like.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
I come up with a concept and maybe a line or two to use in the chorus. After that, find a beat that fits the vibe and then start putting my lyrics together.

What do you think makes a great song?
A great song to me has to bring out some emotion in me. All of the greats have songs that you can play for whatever type of mood you’re in at that time or they can bring you into their world and make you feel where they’re coming from.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Official website: www.LephLouie.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/LephLouie
Twitter: www.twitter.com/LephLouie
Instagram: www.instagram.com/LephLouie