“Be yourself. If you don’t know yourself find it before you try to create. If you go into the studio and try to emulate a sound you heard from another artist you will never have originality.”

Check out the interview with Mello Red exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Mello Red:
It all began in 2005 at 15. I bought my first midi keyboard. I had never taken any music classes in school but was determined to learn how to create music. I am 100 percent self-taught through trial and error. I started writing rap lyrics at 12 and after 2 years of downloading beats online I wanted to make my own productions.

What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
Hit the shows and meet the people. If you think social media works for you then keep doing it but don’t forget fans love to meet artists and one connection can create a lifelong fan.

What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I would love to become the next big star, but then again that’s not my goal. I want to be the one with truth and wisdom in their lyrics. I want to be timeless.

What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
Staying out your own judgmental mind. If an artist can learn to drop all judgements on others that causes for you to judge less of yourself. With that the hardest thing would be staying inspired by positives and ignore the negatives.

What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
My city is very nice area on the globe. Florida has a pretty good music scene and we in the Tampa Bay Area are on our way to greatness. We have a lot of problems in my city. From being one of the worst illegal prescription drug areas in the US. The numbers of overdoes a week are pretty scary, but we also have a lot of hope.

What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Be yourself. If you don’t know yourself find it before you try to create. If you go into the studio and try to emulate a sound you heard from another artist you will never have originality. Which will make it nearly impossible to make it in this game.

What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
Opening my own label/publishing company. When I started that this year everything started to shift. I was making music for 10 years and had not published anything. So now that I am officially a published artist I would say that is the best thing for me.

What is your inspiration?
Inspiration is life. All life. I get inspired watching a youth teach another right from wrong. I get inspired listening to anyone of any genre of music. I am truly inspired by The Marley family. The music they have continued to make as a bloodline makes me want the same for me and my sons.

Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Yes I do. Not because it seems saturated either, because there are many ways to publish, sell, and market your music without having a big bankroll to back it. If you make good, original truth music it will sell.

Where can we find you on social media?
Instagram: @MrMelloRed
Facebook: @MrMelloRed
Snapchat: @Me2LzPLUZtheO
Tidal/Spotify: @MelloRed

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