“This is not easy if you don’t have faith in yourself and don’t believe in your dreams enough to put everything you got into it. Just don’t do it because this requires a lot of time and dedication.”
Check out the interview with Master MC exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Master MC: Everything began in the 90’s in Union City, NJ where I discovered that I could freestyle, but at 15 we went back to live in Puerto Rico and that’s where I started to master my craft by teaching myself how to write songs. I pride myself in being a bilingual lyricist, rapper, and producer; a skill that is rare in the industry. Drawing inspiration from my personal life experiences, my heart, soul, and love for music shines through in every verse of every track of my last 5 albums, 3 mixtapes, and 6 singles.
I’m a man on a mission with ultimate goal to expand my music across the globe. I’ve been working with producer Scotty Gutierrez for Gute Productions and collaborating with Latin hip hop underground artists from Chile, Peru, and Venezuela. I have even had the blessing to work with actor/rapper LiL j doing a club track for the upcoming movie Kill Kattie Malone.
I’m not your normal emcee. I have lot of dedication and talent. I don’t stop recording at my home studio and have music for days. I’m coming from different angles and genres in his music.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
The best way to promote myself are by the old ways: giving out CDs in events, putting posters out in the streets, networking, and shows in the NYC area where I have made a name for myself. I also use a lot of social media to keep my fans up to date with every move I’m making and what I’ve accomplished.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I want my brand to be the biggest brand out there with clothing line called Don’t Get It Twisted to my sublabel. There’s also movies, we already started to have meetings for a few projects. I just want to be great in what I love to do and have all my ideas come to life. I want to get hands into anything I can to be a successful business man.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
Working alone on your dream with no one to share that same interest with you. I grew up with a vision and they became my dreams. Having no support and not having a budget is a big setback too because there’s only so much that you can do without a budget. When you’re trying to reach the masses you got to invest in yourself.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
My city is very old and antique and the music scene in Connecticut is not where it needs to be. We have a lot of great artists doing their thing. I like to be surrounded by people that love me for who I am and not for who I’m becoming in this music industry. I say there has to be more unity between artists.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
This is not easy if you don’t have faith in yourself and don’t believe in your dreams enough to put everything you got into it. Just don’t do it because this requires a lot of time and dedication. Get yourself a job and make some money to save for your music and to invest in yourself. That’s how you’re going to start opening doors and networking with people from the industry.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
The best thing is working with WWE Ent and having been able to have my voice in Romania with such a great duo and team of people. Also landing two distribution deals for my sublabel. After such a long time now I’m getting the recognition from people.
What is your inspiration?
My inspirations are life in general, my kids and my family. But all my inspiration when it comes to writing new songs are based on real life experiences. I’ve been through so much in life and have a story to tell. I will always cater to my fans with real life lyrics. I’m not here to sell a fake story, my story is real.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Of course, with the right team and people and a good budget anything is possible. Also make great music that will last forever and make you a legend, not a one hit wonder. They need to create a brand for themselves and not just make music. Music opens doors to other ventures and sponsorships.
Where can we find you on social media?
Official Website: www.mastermcproductions.wix.com/mastermc
YouTube: musicworldpromo | MasterMCVEVO
Facebook: mastermc787 | MASTERMCMUSIC