“I see myself performing both nationally and internationally, spreading my sound to the world and re-energizing the hip hop genre with a new unique sound and voice. I always dream big and feel that I’ve put a lot of the right stones in place to build something solid.”
Check out the interview with Mayde exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Silly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Mayde: I jumped heavy into the music scene in high school starting out in the freestyle/battle scene. I eventually made the transition to Los Angeles to pursue more all-around entertainment opportunities and connect with more contacts in the music industry. I made moves, made changes, and made a new direction with my music – thus inspiring my name change to Mayde.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Be persistent, consistent, and always re-educate yourself. Success in this business doesn’t happen overnight and you can’t base your career off what others are doing. Stay true to what you do and continue to perfect your craft.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
One of the hardest things for me especially as an independent artist has been finding a balance with multiple tasks and remaining consistent. It’s easy to write songs and record, but at the end of the day music is an entrepreneurial business and you have to have all your elements in line.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
With social media having such a large impact on the industry, you have to take advantage of it and find ways to leverage its benefits. Using all the available platforms such as Soundcloud, Instagram, and Facebook enables you to directly reach your fan base and engage with them directly as well.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
Even though I currently reside in Los Angeles I came from the Seattle music scene. Seattle has always been a large thriving music central. There’s a ton of talent on all ends in the city, both producers and musicians. The fans are loyal and appreciate dedication and effort – they definitely give back what the artists put in.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I see myself performing both nationally and internationally, spreading my sound to the world and re-energizing the hip hop genre with a new unique sound and voice. I always dream big and feel that I’ve put a lot of the right stones in place to build something solid.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
Music wise I’ve always been a big fan of Nas and Wu-Tang. Their creativity and uniqueness definitely set the bar for my goals in music.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I feel that there is a lot of solid music still coming out today. Artists such as J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar are definitely taking creativity to a new level. I’m a big fan of cats like Dave East as well as who’s reppin’ the New York scene tough.
Where can we contact you and find you online?
Official website: www.MaydeMusic.com
Magna Cum Laude EP: mayde.bandcamp.com/album/magna-cum-laude