“I try not to follow too much music so then what I create is original. Of course you have to be aware of what is popular, but everything I make is my own.”
Check out the interview with MC Kamakarzie exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
MC Kamakarzie: I first got into music over ten years ago by writing poetry and graffiti which led to the UK hip hop and rap scene. I released my first album Anti Social Vocals in 2006. I then started to team up with other local artists and perform my first album in the local pubs and music venues. The positive reaction I gained pushed me to create my own label Explosive Mics.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
Spend time promoting in various avenues. Keep pushing forward and doing tracks with artists from different areas to try and expand your fan base. Don’t give up.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I want to make a living doing off what I love, making music. I wanna be known globally and live comfortably, and to be known as the one that got out.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
Connecting and exposure. A lot of people are very cliquey, you usually have to be introduced to people to get yourself noticed; some people are lucky, they get spotted. Most of the time you have to grind hard to make your mark.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
I came from a place where there was no scene, I had to travel around the country to gain exposure and follow my dream. Now there’s more of a music scene in my hometown, but a lot of my fans are global. I have a good local following. I don’t class myself as being from anywhere in particular as I’ve lived in so many places. I rep myself, not my city.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Persistence really works. Don’t let other people’s opinions stop you, and try to get yourself established with a good distribution deal. Create that banger.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
Going to the US to work with high up artists and do music videos with extensive technology. Listening to the reactions from my radio interviews really boosted my ego.
What is your inspiration?
I try not to follow too much music so then what I create is original. Of course you have to be aware of what is popular, but everything I make is my own.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
I think image is a lot of what it’s about today. You may be a great artist but if your image isn’t something they can sell, you will struggle. However, talent will always exceed. As I said, don’t give up.
Where can we find you on social media?