“When it comes to business watch out for those who just want a dollar and gravitate to those who see your vision.”

Check out the interview with ARTIST exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Back when I was in high school I started writing poetry and my sister’s fiancé took notice. He had plenty of experience making music at the time and he gave me my first chance to record my thoughts on real equipment. That was 6 years ago and now I have a debut mixtape, Spectrum, out on DatPiff.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I use my social media accounts to spread the music as far as I can myself, but recently I’ve taken the next step contacting labels, working with promoters and magazines. The main road block to overcome in that path is fake promotion. Either the traffic you acquire is fake bot accounts or you get screwed by a fake promoter. It’s all a learning experience on the path to success.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
Today in hip hop there are too many artists trying to do the same exact thing. Then there’s the artists who are so outrageous in their appearance and actions, they gain a ton of fans for it but the art they present isn’t great at all. I overcome that by finding my middle ground. I stay true to myself, act like I want to act.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
The music scene’s actually quite abundant where I am from. My sister’s fiancé, whom I previously mentioned, is one of the best artists I have ever met. Lou’s skill on the microphone and behind the mix is incredible. The only thing I don’t like about the music scene is that there’s too many artists doing the same thing.

Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
Hip hop music itself can expect a drastic influence from EDM very soon. Producers like Kaytranada, Sango, and Mr. Carmack are paving the way for this very upbeat, house influenced instrumentals with trap key points. I see more and more people joining this wave and I must admit I have done the same as well.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Keep working! Take failures as lessons and enjoy the highs while they last. Meditate every time you hit the studio. Clear your mind. Think about what you’re going to say and then say it with energy. When it comes to business watch out for those who just want a dollar and gravitate to those who see your vision.

What inspires you to write your next song?
The production. I don’t start writing until I can already visualize the whole verse down to the adlibs. If I’m feeling the beat that much it would be a disservice to not write over it. Then from there the words just come to me. I don’t know how to explain it. My mind comes up with these concepts and words faster than my hands can work.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
First step is sitting down with one of the producers I know and listening to beats. Then when we find one we both enjoy they arrange it to fit specific number of verses and hooks, maybe a bridge as well. As they accomplish that, I’m already writing. I’ll usually have two verses done by the time it’s in Pro Tools, then the magic happens.

What do you think makes a great song?
The passion and soul you present into it. You could be saying the most real words in your song, but if you have no passion behind what you’re saying no one will feel it. It’ll quickly go unnoticed and they’ll go on to the next because it sounds boring. Always bring that energy in the studio.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Twitter: @TheRealLiquiD
Instagram: @_.liquid