“The biggest advice I could give to anyone pursuing a career in the music industry or any other field is to want it more than breathing and to understand the business aspect first. The business is the foundation of your future.”
Check out the interview with Marty Arnold exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Marty Arnold: It started with a group called B-Rock and the Business Boyzz out of Mobile, Alabama in the late 80’s. The group’s name was changed to B-Rock and the Bizz and signed to LaFace Records. The first release was “My Baby Daddy” that was certified gold. It opened the door for B-Rock and myself to start Rawcast Entertainment Group that’s been responsible for 20 million records sold worldwide and work with industry heavyweights such as Usher, Left eye, Rick Ross, and The Dream to name a few.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
The biggest advice I could give to anyone pursuing a career in the music industry or any other field is to want it more than breathing and to understand the business aspect first. The business is the foundation of your future.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Multi-tasking is a must to be successful. At times it can be draining so staying motivated is a key and if you’re doing what you love it takes a lot of the challenge away.
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 come from the school of hard knocks. In today’s world I think all artists have an advantage that I didn’t have when I started. The internet and social media alone lets you reach people globally without even being there.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I really can’t say exactly where I see myself a year from now with the world changing daily. One day we woke up and there was Facebook, a game changer. I do know I’ll be taking a sports agency to another level as I did in music and what spins off from that, well follow me and see.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My mother who passed away 2 1/2 years ago has and always will be one of my biggest inspiration. She did what it took as a single mother to make it happen and I have adopted that same philosophy and applied it to every aspect of my life. In today’s climate I look up to a number of people, basically anyone who hustles hard and doesn’t accept no as an answer.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I think music has lost substance, but I do respect everyone’s freedom of speech. I just feel that the veterans in the game, even myself, need to step up more to mentor the up and coming artists.
Where can we contact you and find you online?
Official website: www.martyarnold.com