“All I have to say is don’t be afraid to take risks …”

Check out the interview with Matt Dymend exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.­­­­

Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Matt Dymend:
I started out in music as a freestylist. I was given a chance to work with a local record label called, N.M.E. (New Money Enterprise). I recorded my first EP with them and it was the first time I realized I had some talent. After that I departed ways with N.M.E., I took the time to find out who I was as an artist. During that time I got manipulated by crooked managers and promoters. I was just about to give up before I met my current producer, Dynamic Beatz, who help me become Matt Dymend.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
My word of advice for those trying to get in is to fight through the grit and never quit. Many of us go through life wondering if we can be somebody. All I have to say is don’t be afraid to take risks and leave your legacy for people to be empowered and inspired to be great.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
I find that the hardest challenge I have to face is accepting who I am as an artist. I am a different breed; a crossover between Christian rap and hip hop. Some people don’t care to hear what I have to say, but I can’t let that stop me. It took me a while to find myself. Every time I perform, there’s always someone coming up to me telling me that my music has impacted them.

We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
To promote myself I utilize the major social media outlets and I publish ads. The most vital thing to do to gain a fan base is live performances. You can’t be afraid to promote yourself at events and speak to people. When people like you they will spread your music.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I come from the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia). This area is filled with some of the realest fans and artists. Artists like Logic, Fat Trel, Wale, and one of the greatest to ever live Tupac. This is an area where you can have a chance to be something great if you put your mind and heart into it.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
A year from today I see myself touring internationally and spreading my music worldwide. I see myself entering into a new level in my artistic creativity and ability. I also see myself being invested into by private investors and supported by millions of fans.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My mom is my inspiration. She left my drug addicted abusive father and raised four boys on her own. I’ve learned from my father’s mistakes and know not to run away from my problems but to face them and conquer them. My experiences inspired me to change my perspective on the cruelties of this world. To not let it get me down, but to turn it around. I know that through God I can do anything and be anyone.

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
The music that’s out today has created its own avenue of expression. I respect the hustle, but to be honest, the majority of it is not something that I can listen to on the regular basis.

Where can we contact you and find you online?
Facebook: MattDymend
Twitter: @MDymend