“Keep your ears to the streets, you can learn a lot.”
Check out the interview with Malik Mos High exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Malik Mos High: Truthfully, this journey wasn’t something I just randomly decided to take on. I remember my father having his singing group, back in the day he would have them come over to rehearse and tighten up on their stage performance. That’s what kind of planted the seed. As for hip hop and rap, to make a long story short, my first rhyme came to my head when I was fourteen years old.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I keep my mind inclined to innovative approaches. I usually with each project release a street demo. It’s a four to six song project warming you up for the upcoming release (mixtape, LP, EP, etc.) I like to engage the public so I spend a good amount of time in my community among the listeners. Keep your ears to the streets, you can learn a lot.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
Up until recent years my devotion has primarily been towards being the best artist within the rap genre that I could be. Seeing how the industry has changed in terms of how it is sold and distributed in this social media driven age, I’ve been forced to improvise strategy a bit.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
There’s a lot of talent in my hood of Coatesville. Emcees, producers, writers, singers, and poets have something to say – believe it. We’re a small city, but we definitely get it in. What I’m not feeling is the lack of exposure for my City. Coatesville, West Chester, and the surrounding areas I feel disserve to be put on the map. Our creative people need to unite as one.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
It’s getting more and more in the artist’s hands through digital distribution and social media. I feel like CDs are pretty much done and even digital downloads are declining. I believe the future in music sales are in streaming as overall album sales continue to plummet and of course there’s no replacement for a good live show in generating buzz.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
I say persevere and stay consistent. If you know you have it, the passion alone is enough to compel a push to overcome any adversity. No matter what things look like, always believe in yourself.
What inspires you to write your next song?
I don’t force music so I’d have to say life and living it. The ups and downs; trials and tribulations. Women definitely inspire me. My two boys inspire me. Learning new things also inspires me. A plethora of things inspire me to pick up the pen or turn the beat on.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
There’s no set way, but it usually comes together like a puzzle for me. I get inspired. I write my thoughts in rhyme form, usually by the time I put the pen down I’ve structured no less than a verse. Depending on how I’m vibing when in that creative mode I can kick out anywhere from a verse to three or four songs. I usually never write to beats. When I hear a dope beat it triggers a dope rhyme I already have made for it.
What do you think makes a great song?
Delivery, projection, cadence, passion, and being transparent are key factors in every great song I’ve ever heard.
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