“Make decisions quick and don’t wait for anyone to come to you and sign you, or ask you to be on a record. If you want it you need to go get it.”
Check out the interview with Manic exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Manic: Music has always been a key to my way of life. This all started long time ago because of SP LIVES 1 and Stizzy J Carter’s “True Inspirations”; the poet and producer in that order. I won’t ever stop working on music, wanting new, more expensive equipment, switching up styles, and mastering/inventing new rhythms.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
It’s funny, the most attention I’ve got in music online and in real life was when there is some sort of controversy. I don’t have a ton of followings, but as far as advice I could say from experience to work with as many deejays, emcees, producers, singers, and songwriters; network with people.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
Realistically, I want people in the indie and commercial music industries alike to know I am someone you can work with musically. I’ll always have ideas for you. I got love for the beats all day and hip hop is my life no matter what I do.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
I honestly only know what I know independently making music, which is that hard work and conscious will to improve every session will get you anywhere you want to go in any business.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
NYC. Hip hop is alive underground thankfully. The shows are held in art galleries, runway fashion shows, and converted pizza places. We go where we can to do what we love though.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Make decisions quick and don’t wait for anyone to come to you and sign you, or ask you to be on a record. If you want it you need to go get it.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
Just to be happy with what I have created; literally nothing existed before I put this down and now there is this magic. Love that feeling over anything.
What is your inspiration?
Sounds. Ambiance. My own creations. Too many to list. The world around me and the small things in it.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Success is in the eye of the beholder. I consider myself successful, but you may not see that. My success is to be a dope emcee and work with producers from around the world.