“I battled every rapper I found in Times Square, and if I won they’d buy my CD and if I lost I’d buy one of theirs.

Check out the interview with Lyri TheDream exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Lyri TheDream:
Everything started when I was 11 years old. My big brother used to rap, he was a dope freestyle emcee. I remember I wrote my first verse to impress my brother. When I was 15 years old I recorded my first track in French and that’s the moment I decide to rap in English. I work hard to sound serious and professional. I don’t want to be the French guy whose raps in English; I’m an artist.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I remember my first trip in NY, I produced an album with a friend and I made 300 CDs to sell or give out to promote my music. I battled every rapper I found in Times Square, and if I won they’d buy my CD and if I lost I’d buy one of theirs.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
Nowadays it’s very hard to live with music as occupation, you gotta be very passionate because this industry doesn’t pay. I’m still a rookie and I love what I’m doing. My main aim is to have a faithful fan base so that’s why my music is free. I’m a graduate and I can make money differently.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
I’m Parisian, the music scene is very big but for a guy whose rapping in English it’s hard because I’m too French for Parisians who listen US rap and I’m not enough French for the local scene. Paris is a big city and thank god I found people who understand my music, my views, and my spirit.

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 can’t tell if music’s future will be good or bad. I see a real change nowadays, artists are more independent and they have a self-made culture. Even if record labels still have power, I think artists could takeover because knowledge is accessible; you can create your own label in your room and connect with creative artists all around the world.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Be smart, be educated, keep learning, be patient, and don’t stop working.

What inspires you to write your next song?
Many things. I’m working on a song about insomnia; the Trump election because even if I’m not American this election will have a big impact in the world; my frustration; ladies; books I’ve red; and the NBA. I really can be inspired by everything, it’s all about the feeling.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
Find a beat, the beat inspires. When I find the first lines to start I’m on it and I just follow the line, the topic.

What do you think makes a great song?
When the song makes you feel something and when you play it on repeat. Music is an expression of emotions, if you feel something when the music plays it’s a great song.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/iamlyrikal
Facebook: Lyri TheDream
Twitter: @Lyri TheDream
Instagram: @Lyri TheDream
Snapchat: @ JayLyrikal