“No one wants to master the craft anymore, they just want to make turn up music. I do believe though the people will catch on sooner or later and are going to want something more.”

Check out the interview with Michael Farrar exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Michael Farrar:
In my bedroom when I started looking up beats on YouTube and writing. I’ve always had a passion for music and rap has always been my favorite genre. I’m still very much in the beginning and still learning. In terms of the craft, I have spent countless nights and am very confident in my ability.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I try to always carry some promotional material. For my first single “Got it” I went to staples and printed out pages and pages of graphics; I try keep some on me everywhere I go because you never know who you’ll run into. I also when I’m not working I try to perform at as many local open mic nights as possible.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
My greatest challenge is getting people to support you because no matter how good you are no one can “make it” on their own. I overcome this problem by my work ethic and God-fearing confidence. I’m still in the beginning of my journey, but I know who I am, why I’m here and it’s just a matter of time before people around me will see that I’m the real deal.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
My hometown is Richmond, VA but moved when I went to school to Lynchburg and that’s when I started making music. The music scene is okay, but honestly I’m not really impressed by it at all. There are a few guys who have something to say but mostly it is just the same old trap flow.

Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
I think music in terms of rap/hip-hop is in the worst place it’s been in a while. No one wants to master the craft anymore, they just want to make turn up music. I do believe though the people will catch on sooner or later and are going to want something more. I hope the game will come full circle. You’ll have to have content, talent, and a story to “make it.”

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Don’t give up because if you’re serious about music you’re going to have those nights when you question yourself. If you have the passion, the talent, the work ethic and drive, keep at it and believe. You may not get to be as big as your favorite, but you can do it and be successful.

What inspires you to write your next song?
I want to be further in my career and the impact I want to make. This is just the beginning of my journey and that really inspires me. I feel when artists reach where they envisioned themselves they can fall off, become lazy, and not care as much. I’m always hungry for more and for better music.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
I pray, pick up a pen, put a beat on, and write. Depending on what type of song I’ll think of a concept and stick to a topic or just focus on bars that grab the listener. I practice flow as I’m writing. It takes a little longer, but it helps get it right and memorize the song faster.

What do you think makes a great song?
The more I’ve been doing this the more I’ve come to realize the production is important. Second, if you have a catchy melody that will get stuck in the listener’s ear. Third is to have listeners relate. Write lyrics that cause a feeling and content that affects someone in their daily life or experiences.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Facebook: www.facebook.com/1MichaelFarrar
Twitter: @michalfarrar
Instagram: @michaelfarar