“It’s the ones that learn how to do it themselves, build loyal teams around themselves, and promote themselves that are winning out here.”
Check out the interview with Mike G. exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Mike G.: I’ve been around musically inclined people pretty much all my life. Everyone I knew could do something, whether it was play the guitar, drums, sing, or rap. I started out beat boxing and that turned into making beats which turned into writing songs.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
Networking. I’m new to this whole social media thing. I’ve done well with it, been trending on Twitter a few times with different tracks. Networking is where it’s at. There’s lots of platforms to upload music nowadays. It’s really different from the days I grew up in.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
Right now I’m just getting to the point of doing shows and I’ve also done several commercials and played a U.N. soldier in a film. I do some acting and modeling too. I recently started writing a book as well. I want to be as diverse as possible that way more doors can open up for me. I don’t want to be put into one box.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
The actual business part. You figure that out and you’ll be fine I guess. It’s the ones that learn how to do it themselves, build loyal teams around themselves, and promote themselves that are winning out here.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
I love my city, I rep for my city, but it ain’t like Austin or Houston or New Orleans; cities that support their artists. All the artists here know each other and try to support one another. And there are certain clubs that let us do our thing. As far as major support from stations or anything, you better get to pushing yourself if you want to be heard around here.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Promote yourself anyway you can. It comes down to creating your own buzz. These fucking labels around here ain’t trying to fuck with no one unless you are visibly and actively trying to get it yourself.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
I’ve only done this hard for the last year or two, but I’ve been ranked #1 on Reverbnation locally and regionally for about 7 months now. I’ve been featured on 3 different mixtapes on Spinrilla, at least on 3 Coast 2 Coast mixtapes, I’ve opened for Trae The Truth, I’ve been to 2 talent expos where I received callbacks for acting and singing/rapping/songwriter.
What is your inspiration?
People who have been through the dirt and are still getting up every day making it happen. I love stuff like that because I can relate, people can relate. It’s always about who’s got the best cars, most money, biggest chains. Fuck all that, if you can get up after taking a loss or being flat broke to building something, that’s inspiring.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Have you heard the shit on radio or TV these days? Yea, anyone can. Lots of these whack rappers are getting paid because they figured out the business and figured out how to properly promote and market themselves. You can be a rapper like Jay Z or Tech9, but if you ain’t got the proper promo or money behind you you’re never going to be heard.