“In today’s world of internet, the traffic is at an all-time high … That can be frustrating for people who know they have the talent but lack the attention.”

Check out the interview with Marque Antonius exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Marque Antonius:
I started writing around 12 or 13 years old. During the early 2000s I was watching Smack dvds for the rap battles. From there I got onto YouTube and watched freestyles of all styles of battle leagues. YouTube back then was not like how it is today, so the quality wasn’t the best but the content felt more authentic. A few years later I went from writing punch lines on paper to creating actual songs and multiple mixtapes.

What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
Good and consistent content. If you want to focus mainly on the social media that’s what you have to do. Don’t be afraid of the opportunity to take advantage of those moments; you never know what will come out of any situation. Don’t be discouraged by view counts either.

What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
What I plan on doing is to establish a foundation that I can leave for the generation behind me. Not just for hip hop, but for pop culture as a whole and provide outlets for people like me with limited avenues to explore. I will do the hard part by mapping out the path to success, the others just have to follow the guidelines and try not to get lost.

What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
I think what can be a struggle is not knowing what you want to do. In today’s world of internet, the traffic is at an all-time high and will continue to grow as more technology becomes more affordable. That can be frustrating for people who know they have the talent but lack the attention.

What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
I currently live in Las Vegas and I’ve only been for a few months. In my hometown of Richmond, VA there’s a lot of talent out there. At the same time there’s a lot of watered down talent out to. Not a lot of venues for hip hop artists to use. Country and rock music seems to be the local favorite for the local clubs.

What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Stay consistent with making good content. Take time to figure out what you want, plan it out, and go for it. Also understand sacrifices will pop up and you have to be prepared to fall somewhere. It’s up to you to learn from it and keep pushing.

What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
Just having the ability to create.

What is your inspiration?
My inspiration comes from people with creative minds like Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Bob Marley, and Malcolm X just to name a few of my secrets.

Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Anyone can be successful period. There’s difference between talking about doing something and actually going out and making an attempt to do something.

Where can we find you on social media?
Official website: www.iamblakksmoke.wordpress.com
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/marque-antonius