“I feel like I’m the only challenge. No ego said behind that, just being able to be better than I was yesterday and being able to get in the studio to spit the best verse I’ve ever spit.”
Check out the interview with Montee Dreadz exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Montee Dreadz: I started rapping my freshmen year in 2010. I wasn’t serious about it though and I had no resources. I didn’t start taking it serious until the summer 2013 when I found access to a studio and recorded a couple freestyles and originals with a couple other artists I grew up with, Moze and NamGawd.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
The main thing I try to do is make some dope cover art, something trippy to catch people’s attention; sometimes the cover will just be out of left field and have nothing to do with the concept of the song.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
I feel like I’m the only challenge. No ego said behind that, just being able to be better than I was yesterday and being able to get in the studio to spit the best verse I’ve ever spit. Every time I hit the booth I know that I just gotta keep going hard to give my fans and supporters what they expect.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
I’m from New York so everybody does something. If we’re talking on this current generation it’s terrible, everybody is trying to be like someone else; rarely any originality. I could understand being influenced, but dudes straight biting. There is a few out of my city I could say genuinely make good music besides myself and the few artists I network with.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
To be honest I couldn’t say. Music trends are constantly switching. I feel the music is a part of the artist. What would the art be without the artist?
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Work hard, stay true to yourself, and stay consistent. When people see that you’re serious they’ll follow your movement. Be different, but original and just have confidence. You gotta believe in yourself before anybody else does.
What inspires you to write your next song?
Life experiences, things I’ve been through. It could be something that happened last week or last year. I’ll still throw it in a song. Plus my camp goes hard so I gotta keep up with them.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
First it’s production, then I’ll come with a concept, the chorus then the verses, the extras will come later. That’s the basic process, most times I’ll just get a beat and go with what comes to mind.
What do you think makes a great song?
I feel like it doesn’t haven’t to have great lyrics. Atl east relatable but something catchy with a good vibe that makes you wanna move and you could play it anywhere; the club, car, or crib.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
YouTube: Montee dreadz
Facebook: Montee Dreadz