“I think that the future of music is definitely going to be formed by myself and other artists in my generation.”
Check out the interview with MC Buddha exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
MC Buddha: I have always wanted to be a rapper/hip hop artist and I always knew that I would; it just felt like destiny, besides being financially free it is my biggest passion and dream. I created my two first tracks “End All” and “Buddha Fest” with Drew Shelby my junior year of high school; they went surprisingly well for $60. I didn’t start working on my Buddha Verse mixtape until two years later when I was 18 and the rest is history.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I use all of the normal outlets, but I didn’t start promoting my music heavily until this year. I share my work on Soundcloud, Facebook, YouTube, and recently I started doing live performances. I’m also working to start getting radio spins with stations that don’t mind such explicit content that’s found in the majority of my art.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
The challenge I face is that a lot of mainstream music today is simple and the hooks usually require no hard thought. My songs have complicated connections and in depth meanings. My objective to overcoming this is by creating singles that could go mainstream and then having the fans buy the album which has all of my work in it.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
I went to high school only an hour away in Marble Falls. I say Austin because no one who is has not lived in central Texas won’t know where the hell I’m talking about. Austin’s scene if very saturated with new artists practically everywhere you look, it makes it an extremely competitive environment. I am lucky however that it’s the music capital.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
I think that the future of music is definitely going to be formed by myself and other artists in my generation. If the future of music has anything to do with me, it will be changed forever by stepping forward into a culture where race and vocabulary stops having a negative overtone.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Never give up. If you got a goal stick with it, Grind and grind and grind, Do you and don’t let fear control you. All growth happens outside of your comfort zone. Find a way to make a lot of money to fund your own career instead of relying on being signed.
What inspires you to write your next song?
Everything from the wind to a feeling, a conversation, another song, being high, and every experience imaginable creates inspiration for new material.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
Weed and other substances are usually included in the song making process. I write lyrics and record them to a track that matches or I find a great track and then write lyrics to it. After that I record and master filling in the spaces with vocal effects and ad libs. Every piece of music that I have usually starts with me writing the hook first.
What do you think makes a great song?
I think a great song is not only something that sounds good, but also one that has in depth meanings. I believe that out of all my music every single person can relate to at least one or two bars. When I go back and think of where I was and what was happening and what state of mind I was in when I wrote the lyrics, it’s really something special.
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