“I think we need more artists to create their own wave and to take their own path instead of riding someone else’s wave. We’re surrounded by talent, but not a lot of people know how to direct their energy into making something original.”

Check out the interview with MickeyMixx exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
MickeyMixx:
I used to find beats and battle rap on YouTube in the comments; that progressed to freestyling with my friend in seventh grade. I came up on $200 and my first thought was to buy a microphone. Since then I’ve put out a mixtape called The Bigger Picture and numerous other singles. My newest single “Complicated” has since been on the radio and my music can be found on all digital distribution outlets.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Don’t give up. A lot of people think that stardom comes immediately. You have to put work in, long hours, and everything into it. There’s no progression without knowing where you need work. Once you see what the problem is you can fix it and get better.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Finding time to do everything. There isn’t enough time in a day between working, writing, recording, shooting, shows, photoshoots, and finding time to yourself. It’s crazy how much drive it requires and how much patience you need.

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 to promote yourself is to always promote. I do this through all social media and I go to shows where I meet people and connect.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I come out of Clearwater, FL. My city has a decent music scene. It’s a business world between the artists, producers, engineers, videographers, photographers, graphic designers, etc. We have a lot of talent all around, but very few outlets. Everyone is supportive of everyone and the fans are loyal, although a lot of my fans are out of state.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I see myself building a bigger platform than I already have and expanding my talents. I want to learn every in and out of the game. I want to learn to engineer. I want to learn to make music videos. I want to learn how to make beats and everything in the business.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
It would have to be my grandfather and my uncle. My grandfather was on MTV and traveled with a band in the 80’s called Mendlebaum. My uncle played in a band while I lived with him and let me be their roadie freshman year. If I had to choose an artist that had a huge impact on me starting my career I’d have to say it was Mac Miller.

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
No not really. I think we have a lot of artists who try and recreate the same sound that’s already been used and irrelevant. I think we need more artists to create their own wave and to take their own path instead of riding someone else’s wave. We’re surrounded by talent, but not a lot of people know how to direct their energy into making something original.

Where can we contact you and find you online?
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/mickey-hanrahan-1
Facebook: MickeyMixx
Twitter: @Mickeymixxlegit
Instagram: @Mickeymixx420
Snapchat: @Mickeymixx
Email: Mikckeymixxofficial@gmail.com

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