“As an artist it is imperative that we get our points across and have them acknowledged. Most of these kids don’t really know that a good sound listening can possibly change their lives.”
Check out the interview with Montana Staxxx exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Montana Staxxx: Hip hop gave me an outlet to put my poetry to music, and of course I sing a little as well. I can’t even remember not being around music or doing music, only when I had a little legal vacation for 12 years. When my vacation was up I returned home and found out my cousins where doing music. We pooled our resources, built a studio, and literally lived in there for the next 5 to 6 years.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
It may sound cliché to some, but honestly put god first and everything else will follow. Dedication, perseverance, hard work, sound character, motivation, and drive.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Getting people, mostly the kids to listen to more than just the beat. As an artist it is imperative that we get our points across and have them acknowledged. Most of these kids don’t really know that a good sound listening can possibly change their lives.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
When I started word of mouth was all we had and of course flyers by the thousands passed out in parking lots, schools, and different businesses. In this day and age it’s all about social media. If you’re not taking advantage of social media this is just a hobby for you.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
My city is much like most cities, they don’t believe fat meat is greasy until you slap them in the face with it. Meaning until other places embrace you they don’t show a lot of love and support. And that goes for fans and artist alike. Though recently there has been a surge in people trying to work together for the greater good of the city.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
On the charts as an independent because I refuse to sell my soul for a jelly roll. In a greater position and capacity to help other independent artists get heard worldwide.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My biggest inspirations have to be grand mom, mom, wife, and my sons who are so supportive. People I look up to today? Anybody who’s willing to stand up for truth, for real justice, and true equality because the majority of the world is so against these things that it takes a very brave and faithful soul to do so.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I really like some of the soundscapes and layers that a lot the music has, but it’s missing that feeling, that soul, that something that moves you like “Smile” featuring Tupac and Scarface. It’s mostly redundancy that you hear today and that’s simply because hip hop was honest until it made someone rich.
Where can we contact you and find you online?
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