“One of the hardest challenges and tasks are always being able to come up with something new that’s hasn’t been heard already.”
Check out the interview with Mark Roland exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Mark Roland: This all actually started around 2nd grade. My family has a long line in the history of music. My grandpa and his band actually have a piece of history in the Brown vs The Board of Education Museum here in Topeka, KS. My first song I actually made was a remix to “Summertime” by Fresh Prince. That’s when I knew from that day forward in my bedroom recording on the cassette player that’s what I wanted to do.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
The biggest piece of advice I would give a young kid trying to do what I do would be never give up and don’t let nobody tell you can’t be what you want to be. Hard work and dedication will pay off in the long run.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
One of the hardest challenges and tasks are always being able to come up with something new that’s hasn’t been heard already. Another tough one is having writers block. Lastly I would say always staying in at least the top 10 – 20 on music site charts.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
I find that the best way to promote and advertise your music is right in the palm of your hand actually. We have all the site outlets such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Reverbnation. All you have to do is hit hard and promote.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
The City of Topeka is pretty much for the most part quiet. That all changed once T-Rell opened the door. Now most people from the industry are starting to look this way for talent. As far as the fans go, they’re pretty much supportive if you’re a true fan of music and not just riding artists because they have a buzz.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I see myself in a year signed to a major if not hopefully on Empire. Honestly, I just want to make it so I can provide for my family so they don’t ever have to struggle for anything.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My biggest inspirations are my parents and my daughters. If it wasn’t for them I don’t think I would have the drive to do what I do now. Also RIP to Static Major, he was another big inspiration on me in doing music.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
Music to day is mediocre to me I don’t really mess with it unless it’s different. It sounds like everyone uses the same type of beat and raps the same, except for a few artist.
Where can we contact you and find you online?