“I don’t know where music is going to be, but it’s going to be big I can tell you that. It’s always constantly evolving. As it evolves so should we … We were meant to create.”

Check out the interview with Lil Hines exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Lil Hines: It started with me being musically talented and inclined. I love music. I loved playing instruments. I played the drums at my local church. I learned how to play the keyboard. I was in band all throughout Junior high and high school.

I also had a passion for writing. I used to write essays, speeches, and poems. I started putting the 2 together making rhymes with beats using instruments. I then started to record myself. I formed a rap group with some of my cousins and classmates and it just took off from there. It was something I wanted to do.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
Social Media is real big right now. I’m using as much of that platform as I can. I’m very interactive with my fans. I post jokes or if something like a meme and have them comment on it. Then I come back and post a link to my music or something. I’m always trying to keep them engaged. I’m starting to post videos of my music being played in some of the hottest clubs too. That is getting a great response as well as new contacts and followers.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
The greatest challenge I face I would have to say would be me. I determine my own destiny by the decisions I make. I have to constantly keep working and perfecting my craft. It gets tough and frustrating sometimes, but I have to keep pushing and knowing that the hard work I put in and every sacrifice I make will eventually pay off in the long run. This business is not meant for everyone. It can eat you alive. Only the strong survives.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
I’m from a small town so the music scene isn’t really that big. We don’t have a really big market to get the kind of exposure you need to make it. I love it because we love hip hop, rap, r&b, etc. We love music. A lot of us had our own groups and put out our own music. Some branched off and did their own solo thing. But it’s cool. I love my hometown and I want to put them on the map. It’s just not a big market and not a lot of opportunity.

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 don’t know where music is going to be, but it’s going to be big I can tell you that. It’s always constantly evolving. As it evolves so should we. 90’s music was a great era, one of the best. Fast forward to 2000 and the music changed. Different sounds and technology. 16 years later and the sound has changed again. Who knows what it will sound like in another 20 years.

Artists just have to go back to being themselves. Who are you? What do you represent? Try to be like you, create a sound and separate yourself from everybody else and what they are doing. Too many copy cats. Too many artists sounding the same. Change it up and evolve to another level. We were meant to create. So do something that nobody else is doing to stand out.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Like Nike says “Just Do It.” One of my cousins told me, “You can’t make a basket unless you take a shot.” With that being said, do what you love to do whatever that maybe. If its music just do what you love to do. If you love what you do you never work a day in your life. You wake up wanting to do what you love. Never give up, don’t stop, don’t quit. Never let anyone tell you what you can’t do. Let that be your motivation to prove them wrong. Set goals and achieve them. Take chances, you never know what can happen. Hustle in silence and let your success be the noise.

What inspires you to write your next song?
Life in general. I try to write about things I’ve been through or experienced or know someone who’s been through it. But it can be anything. A conversation, something I’ve seen online, a quote, something I’ve read, advice I was given, family, etc.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
I usually listen to the beat first to kind of get an idea of what the producer was thinking or going through when he made it. That will in turn let me know what type of song I will make. Once I have that down I start on my verse. Sometimes on occasions it might be the exact opposite. I’ll write down or come up with a topic to talk about. Create a chorus or hook to that. Then go search for or create a beat to match the song.

What do you think makes a great song?
The artists themselves have to be somewhat talented in some shape or form or fashion or the song won’t be what it should be. I like the melody of the song, the lyrics, the chorus or bridge, the bass line, the voice of the artist, the content. All those things play a major part of the song being great.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Official Website: LilHinesMusic.com
Twitter: @LilHines
Facebook: LilHinesMusic
Instagram: @The_Real_Lil_Hines
YouTube: @Mrbaddaddy18
Booking: Lilhinesmusic@gmail.com

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