“My music is my growth and every project is a cycle of my life.”
Check out the interview with Mike Fate exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Mike Fate: For me it all started when I was right after high school. I was 17 with my friends Corey and Daniel and they started a group called Square Crew. I wasn’t rapping at the time, but I asked to join anyways. They said yes and my younger brother and cousin joined making us a full group. We used to stay at Dans’ house and work on music, smoke, and play games. I started to learn how to record on Adobe Audition and started to mix vocals. I even went so far as to start making beats but decided to focus on my sound.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I really love giving out flyers and networking and events. The music means more when you really know who you’re listening to.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
My greatest challenge is the current state of hip hop, both in Detroit and in general. I want my music to be something real and relatable. Nowadays ghostwriters and catchy hooks and beats catch an overwhelming amount of support from artists that don’t care about their fans. Everyone wants to distract themselves from the real life and nobody’s growing as a result. My music is my growth and every project is a cycle of my life.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
It’s actually pretty nice in Detroit, but it’s not what you’d think. The scene I know isn’t this gangster mentality people seem to think it is. I mean, don’t get me wrong, there’s gangsters. Yet, there’s different cliques that attract different crowds. Like Lithouse is a party with performances that I’ve never had a bad time at. Also, Kitty Kush Productions puts on really cool themed events with a fun but cool atmosphere. There can be some very biased judges and fans at shows.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
Music’s adapting to our views on the world and I feel as if it’s becoming more authentic again in the process. I think we can all help by making more genuine music with real feelings.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Love yourself and love your music. Your music represents who you are and when you know who you are and love who you are, your music will come without effort.
What inspires you to write your next song?
What I want the song to convey. Each song is a representation of a period in my life.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
I feel out the beat. Freestyle in my head to get started and I let the flow take over. The songs kinda write themselves.
What do you think makes a great song?
Truth. Nothing makes a better song then saying what you feel in your heart.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
You can follow me on Instagram at @wavyfate or @Mikefate, and Twitter at @wavyfate.
Official website: www.mikefate.com