“Getting others to realize I’m a true artist and not a gimmick is a job in itself, but overtime they notice I have my own sound and lane in the business.”

Check out the interview with Lyra Wilder exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Lyra Wilder:
This was all preordained when my brother Matt G. and I were at our lowest. I would write about everything we were going through. This music was my escape from the actually struggle of what life can offer. It came to a point where I didn’t have TV to watch or a job to make money, so I told myself these thoughts of mine are going take me somewhere one day.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I’m reaching people with visuals and I push them to the top platforms I can reach. Also I’m in a few magazines so people in the UK are reaching out to me. Blogs are very vital to me as well.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
Being who you truly are is one of the biggest challenges to me. People think following the leader will get you far, so the average artist compromises his work to sound the same. Getting others to realize I’m a true artist and not a gimmick is a job in itself, but overtime they notice I have my own sound and lane in the business.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
The music scene in my hometown is flourishing; we have plenty of hungry artists In Durham NC. Even though we aren’t spoken of as much, we’ve got an amazing sound that’s like no other. We’re in a situation where if it doesn’t benefit someone they won’t support it; that’s the only thing that I don’t like in the city.

Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
What I see in the future of music is independent artists reaching the mass. Artists who have the will to endure and work on their craft will always have a place in this music.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Put God first, stay true to yourself, and don’t let money be your guidance. Treat this music as if you have no other option and trust me something is going to eventually happen; you have to be persistent.

What inspires you to write your next song?
What inspires me to write a song is all off energy and where I feel I should direct it. I try not to do music when my energy isn’t aligned with the stars; it’s kinda hard to explain.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
I have to feel the beat is most important, after that it’s like homework to me; everything else falls in place.

What do you think makes a great song?
When it comes from the heart and letting your mind just lead you. The thing about a great song is it can be amazing to you, but others might not like it. Some of the greatest songs ever aren’t musicians’ best work if you ask them.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Facebook: Lyra Wilder
Instagram: @Lyra Wilder