“The hardest task for me is being an independent artist and trying to balance family, work, music, and everything else life has in store for me. Everything I do is me, it’s all self-motivation. No team just me.”
Check out the interview with Menace C exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Menace C: It all started in middle school. I was asked to be in a group and I never stopped writing. I started recording on my computer, basically practicing my craft. I officially came out in 2013 with my first video “Bangin Crip” and it created a buzz and followed it with “Dub Anthem” which was on World Star Hip Hop and after that I was recognized not only in my city but other states and even other countries.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
It’s going to sound cliché, just believe in yourself. You’re going to go through some obstacles and are going to have people doubting telling you negative shit and put you down. Get past it all. Once you focus on yourself and really put in the work you definitely will see results.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
The hardest task for me is being an independent artist and trying to balance family, work, music, and everything else life has in store for me. Everything I do is me, it’s all self-motivation. No team just me. I get help from good dudes along the way like my videographer Jhonny and the support of the fans keeps me going.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
The best way for me is social media. Everybody is on it. The internet helped too many people whether it’s music, gaming, comedy, etc. Having your friends, family, and fans share your music is definitely a great help because you never know who’s going to see it. If it gets in the hands of the right people, your life can change overnight.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I live in a small city called Lynn. It’s in the outskirt of Boston, it’s real diverse with Cambodians, Hispanics, whites, and blacks. I feel like my city has a lot of talent and everybody here hustles. The fans, I don’t really know to be honest. I just know fans from out the city are more supportive.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
You know tomorrow is not promised, but God willing if I’m alive and well I see myself still grinding, still hustling, still trying to push myself further. Most likely with a lot more material out for the listeners who really appreciate my music.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
In today’s world I would have to say my parents because they came from hardships, they came from the killing fields of Cambodia. I have nothing but the utmost respect for them. Musically though it’s 2pac and Bone Thugs.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
Today’s music is not what it once was. It definitely changed but that’s music, it evolves. Today’s music just can’t be compared to the past. Songs from before are classic, they’ll last a lifetime with no expiration date. Don’t get me wrong, I still fuck with today’s music if it sounds good.
Where can we contact you and find you online?
Official website: www.officialmenacec.com