“The music scene here in Albuquerque is honestly pretty progressive. We have a plethora of talented artists here in New Mexico and I’m glad that I get to be coming up alongside the majority of them. Albuquerque’s own Universal Battle Realm has been extremely helpful with regards to promoting myself.”
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Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Miah Sudd: Ever since I was about ten years old I can remember writing songs. I also received a guitar as a gift for my tenth Christmas. At the time I was enveloped by alternative punk music which is still a heavy influence with regards to my music today. At the age of fourteen I was introduced to underground hip hop (Atmosphere, Eyedea, Spose, Mac Lethal, etc.) and I fell in love. I began free styling with friends at about eighteen and I received a mac book for my birthday at the age of twenty and have been recording and taking the music far more seriously ever since.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
Being a struggling artist who is more often than not low on funds makes it difficult to pay for promotion. Being that I am a student at the University of New Mexico, I take every opportunity I can to promote my music within the context of my classrooms. For example, I’ve taken three classes with the UNM Honors College on the history of Broadway musicals where we needed to delve into how these musicals remain relevant to this day.
Any time that I’m called upon to present I take the opportunity to remix one or two songs from whatever musical it is that we are covering and I put a more appropriate, present day twist on these songs. From there I’ll pass around a sheet with the link to my Soundcloud on it and tell my classmates to give me a listen if they were feeling my musical remix.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
The biggest struggle I am having with the business is finding the appropriate market/audience for my music. Everything in this business costs money. That being said, it’s apparent that you have to pay to play. With that in mind, I go to school full time and I work full time in order to make sure I have the necessary funds to get my music heard. I do everything I can to self-promote. There’s no shame in it, it’s really just a matter of finding the people who like the things you’re saying.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
The music scene here in Albuquerque is honestly pretty progressive. We have a plethora of talented artists here in New Mexico and I’m glad that I get to be coming up alongside the majority of them. Albuquerque’s own Universal Battle Realm has been extremely helpful with regards to promoting myself.
All of the artists here in town are extremely supportive of each other, we want to see one another succeed so we try to help each other out as much as possible which is really cool. The one thing that I’m not a huge fan of here in town is that the majority of club promoters and booking agents are relatively exclusive and getting booked at certain venues can get a little political. Once enough people are behind you and your sound, they’ll have to book you. It’s just a matter of getting your name known.
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 hard to predict. Music is an extremely competitive and a dynamic art form and because of that what everyone is listening to today probably isn’t going to be what everybody wants to hear in ten years. In order to keep up with it, I’d probably recommend that you stay up to date with what the DJs are playing. If what they’re playing isn’t for you, just stay true to your sound. It’s easy to get discouraged when people aren’t feeling what you put out. If you keep being you, without imitating someone else’s sound/style, if there’s a market for your music, you’ll make your own way.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Promote, promote, promote. If music is truly something that you’re passionate about, you will make it happen for yourself no matter the cost. Be whoever it is that you are and pay no mind to those who think you can’t do it. If you think you can, you can.
What inspires you to write your next song?
My inspiration comes from my mood. Feeling depressed? Great, I’m going to write a sad song with a dark vibe. Feeling happy? Perfect, I’m going to tell a funny story or write a song about the things that I love. Just heard somebody else’s mixtape and you know that you’re better than that? Cool, I’ll write a song because I’m feeling competitive. For me, I just get inspired by whatever it is that I’m feeling at the time and whatever it is that made me feel that way.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
I don’t necessarily have a definitive, set in stone process. All throughout the day, regardless of what I’m doing or where I am, I have rhymes/bars/poems popping in and out of my head. Whenever one of these rhymes pops into my head I jot it down on my phone. Once I’m feeling like making a song, I either purchase myself a beat that I vibe with off of one of Albuquerque’s many talented producers or I attempt to make myself a beat that I’m feeling.
Once that’s done and I have the instrumental ready to go. I either freestyle to the beat or I go back into my phone and find one of the things that I had typed in earlier and fit it to the beat and build off of it. After that, I continue to write, record, and re-record until I have something that I’m happy with.
What do you think makes a great song?
Personally, I think a great song is something that you connect with on an emotional level whether that be the words, the angst within someone’s voice, or just the sound of the music. If you can give me a song that makes me feel something that I need to feel because of the sounds I’m hearing, that makes a great song. Music is supposed to make you feel and I believe that it should make you feel and think deeply.