“Don’t mind the haters, they talk a lot, but it’s only because they see you doing great things and you’re gonna become something and actually doing something with your dreams.”
Check out the interview with Mak11 exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Mak11: Throughout my life I was listening to rap and when I was 12 years old (2012-13) I started writing poems and little rhymes in a notebook. Eventually I started showing my friend and he liked my rhymes saying, “Man, you should start recording your own music and get yourself out there. You have a talent.” When I turned 15 I asked my mother if I could borrow the computer and she said yes. So I started releasing songs and snippets here and there.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
I think the best ways to promote yourself is posting your music on social media and sending to people you know and don’t know. It’s not like the 90’s/2000’s anymore where you had to burn CDs and stuff like that. The internet has helped the music game in many ways in my opinion, but honestly what I do is still burn CD’s and give them out.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I want to become someone that people can look up to and feel the same way emotionally. I want money and I want to change the world for the best. I always wanted to help people. I want to become bigger and more known in the rap game for sure.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
The hardest thing to be in the music business is trying to get yourself out there more. That’s definitely a problem of mine. That’s about it.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
I live in Clarksburg, West Virginia and the music scene isn’t nothing too special. We have guitar players, country singers, some rappers, but that’s about it. It’s a small town so most people usually give up on the music game. Living here in Clarksburg, WV is nice sometimes. I love it here, but I’d like to get out of West Virginia.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Never give up on your dreams. Don’t mind the haters, they talk a lot, but it’s only because they see you doing great things and you’re gonna become something and actually doing something with your dreams. Trust me, I had hate and still do, but I’ll never give up on my goals and dreams.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
The best thing that’s happened in my career is the love and support I get from my family and friends. Nothing too major has happened to me yet, but the love and support is the best thing right now.
What is your inspiration?
My inspiration to do music personally is Tupac, Snoop Dogg, Insane Clown Posse, Tech N9ne, Twista, Eminem, A$AP Rocky, and Future. They’re the reason I decided to pick up the pen and I’ve never laid it back now.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Yes, if you can dream it. You can achieve it.
Where can we find you on social media?
Facebook: Jared Michael O’Dell