“I grew up in Riverside, California. I now live in Hollywood Hills. People in Hollywood are about themselves. Most of my music is overseas. 99% of my shows have been in Europe. Dealing with people in Hollywood has been on my not to do list.”
Check out the interview with Lmon3y exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Lmon3y: I started off just deejaying house parties and along with a group we’d host an underground rave once a month. I would always have people come up and try and get on the mic and I would always deny them. I made a few songs in school. One about bmx riding and one about my ex, “Every Morning” is the one about her.
I just love getting people amped up. From hosting strip clubs and hosting major events such as the US Surf Open, music has just been my outlet. I finally buckled down and got to work. Now here I am in Hollywood Hills making music and living the way most rappers lie about.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Go for it. People saying you can’t are the ones that will say “I always believed in you” when you make it. Never look back. If you get knocked down 100 times, get up 101 times. Quitting is for drug attics. That being said, avoid drugs, avoid going out unless you are networking. The best time to be in a club is when you are being paid to be there. Stay focused. Invest in yourself. Nothing is free. If you aren’t willing to pay for any of that stuff. Why would anyone do it for free when you don’t believe in yourself enough to pay for it?
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Staying focused. Life can distract us. Staying out of using drugs. Getting people to want to listen to you. Marketing. All that right now are big road blocks.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Networking. Talking to everyone. Email everyone. Get in the DMs. Try not to spam people.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I grew up in Riverside, California. I now live in Hollywood Hills. People in Hollywood are about themselves. Most of my music is overseas. 99% of my shows have been in Europe. Dealing with people in Hollywood has been on my not to do list.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
Still in HW. Sitting on a nice stack from my investments. I do music because I love it. There’s not a lot of money in selling music, only from shows. So with music I see myself just doing more shows in the USA.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
Marilyn Manson. Smart, good music, amazing performer. I have had people tell me they hate his music but love his show. One thing I told myself, “Even if they don’t like my music they’ll love my show.” In the end I feel that’s what it is all about, the show.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
It’s shit. Ok, I admit I talk about money and hoes in my music also but I feel people listen to anything these days. Can’t understand half the shit they are saying and 5 dudes will use the same punch lines. Copy cats. Hopsin, Tech N9ne, people along those lines make me still believe in hip hop today.
Where can we contact you and find you online?