“Music is alive and well, but the music scene’s dead. No venues, no studios, just a lack of effort towards the whole thing. Most importantly though is that there are still tons of artists from Hamilton who make original music.”

Check out the interview with Mankind exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Mankind: Music has just always been there. It’s like if I wasn’t making music, I wouldn’t know what to do. In all honesty, it almost feels like this business found me.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
This can always be a challenge for any young artist. Shout out to 609Wave who continue to help promote. Along with having a strong team, professional videos will set you apart and help open more eyes to your music.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
One of the greatest challenges I see is that this business is crowded, you gotta find a way to stick out. Something about you no one else has. Just be your self and people will find you.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
Music is alive and well, but the music scene’s dead. No venues, no studios, just a lack of effort towards the whole thing. Most importantly though is that there are still tons of artists from Hamilton who make original music.

Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
Music is going to continue to grow and progress, that’s inevitable. I see a resurgence of instrumental music in the near future. Rap is rap, but we already see plenty of rappers who don’t rap. Stay alert as an artist, stay progressive, and stay open-minded. That’s the most we can do as artists.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Be yourself. I couldn’t say it enough. People see through a fake, lies are transparent. Focus on your own mind and make music from you heart. Another big thing, ignore anyone spreading hate. That doesn’t mean to ignore negativity because we all need balance. None of us need hate, avoid a salty hater at all costs.

What inspires you to write your next song?
I love writing about changes/changing. Other than that though, a good blunt and a long day is always a great inspiration to sit down and create.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
I’ll be honest, it’s not like I ever laid out the steps to making a song before. I get a beat first, that involves talking to a few producers or going through the vault to find something. Next is writing the song. I couldn’t explain how I do that if I tried. I send my tracks out to get mixed and mastered, then there it is.

What do you think makes a great song?
Passion. If I can tell an artist really means what’s being said it becomes much more enjoyable. When it comes to rap though I need a strong drumline, without it a song feels empty.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Twitter: @mankindtheemcee
Soundcloud: @mankindnj

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