“… those who take their own path and write what they feel tend to last longer because they are relatable and not just a fad.”
Check out the interview with Meko Sky exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Meko Sky: I got my start in the Bronx or “Ei8Th” as my team The Loud Boyz call it. I was able to start with the assistance of Shawn “Dayzel” Fowler and DJ Iceman. I was already into poetry, and I began to understand beat changes, different tempos, and flow patterns. From there it was about getting out and performing. I started getting booked and with performing comes different networking opportunities so you begin to get new and interesting connections.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
Promoting music is different for everyone. I tend to use the social media approach and word of mouth always works. Performing wherever and whenever you can helps, people remember a face after a really great performance. Also through radio. I have a radio show, Loud Silence Radio, on WVMR that airs every Monday from 6-8 PM (EST).
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
The greatest challenge is always trying to remain different but keeping your sound. Some artists tend to mimic others because they are “in” but those who take their own path and write what they feel tend to last longer because they are relatable and not just a fad. All I can say to people is be you, you got you this far so why change up?
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
For the most part the music scene is blended. You have Hip hop, r&b, pop, soul, classical, jazz, and so many more coming from NYC. Seeing as I am from New York City there are a lot of artists who are talented in their own right but have to fight to get to the next level because of the talent level. I love competition, but you have certain artists that stand out.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
The future of music is bright. Music is always changing with new sounds, new ideas, and cultural differences. Music will always bring people together. Artists can be a part of it by continuing to create and be different and learning from the past innovators.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
I live by a quote, “A man who never took a chance, never had one.” All you can do is try. If you feel this is what you were created to do by all means give yourself a chance, but if you see it isn’t what you thought it would be or you’re not in it 100 percent then you can never say you didn’t try. The choice in the end is yours.
What inspires you to write your next song?
I am inspired by situations and moments in life. Writing my next track could come from anywhere as long as I can make it relatable. People want to hear everyday stories and struggles. They want to know your story, your pain & see your success.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
First I need a beat or a subject, which ever may come first. Sometimes I may even just start off with a hook I know I want and build around it. I sit down with engineers and producers and get that sound I was trying to create in my mind out in the studio. It can be a long process but all worth it in the end.
What do you think makes a great song?
A catchy hook and a good beat. Now, if your lyrics are crazy then that can make the track and in some cases the best part of a track could just be the beat. It differs depending on the artist you may like to listen to. I’m more of a lyricist myself, I tend to like to hear storytellers.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Facebook: Meko Sky