“‘Simply Monroe’ sold 15,000 units out my trunk on the streets. You can find that project on CD Baby and search Simply Monroe. Then I recorded some more and put out a Mix-tape “Welcome To My Private Party” and sold 30,000 units on the streets.”
Check out the interview with Monroe exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Monroe: I used to watch my mom perform as a child. She passed away when I was five. I performed at a few talent shows in Virginia with my friends. Then I joined this group called Another Episode, it was three of us. We did a lot of shows and almost got signed to Warner Brothers. Then the group split up, so I took some voice lessons and went solo. I moved to Atlanta, GA and started recording my first single. “Roll With Me In ATL” made a little noise playing on the radio. “Simply Monroe” sold 15,000 units out my trunk on the streets. You can find that project on CD Baby and search Simply Monroe. Then I recorded some more and put out a Mix-tape “Welcome To My Private Party” and sold 30,000 units on the streets.
Then I met a producer named Ty Cutta who is great and introduced me to another up and coming producer name JMils who produces for Young Bloods and worked with Lil Jon, Cat Williams, and some other major artist. I sung hooks for some of the artist they was working with. Then one day after I finish promoting my CD’s I got a call From JMils who told me to come by the studio because he had this beat he made for me. That led to my breakout single “Let’s Make A Movie” which was number #4 on national DRT Chart.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Stay in school and learn as much as you can. Try to take some classes on the music business.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Trying to find the right loyal people to surround yourself around, to see your vision, and to get the right companies to market and promote you.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Social media is very good, put your music on all the digital stores so people can buy and find your work. Also research and find good companies that work with independent artist to help you get your brand out there!
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I’m in Atlanta GA so everyone is in a grind mode, trying to get there music or movies out to the world, and the fans are loving good hard work.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I see my brand out there known by everyone. I see myself performing and touring in different cities around the world promoting my breakout single!
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
I like those that have a story and started at the bottom like Master P, 50 cent, Puffy, Cash Money, Ludacris, T.I, Tyler Perry, Oprah Winfrey.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I like all types of music, if it has substance I rock with it.