“A true story from a perspective that I can relate to or open my mind to a different view. Words are powerful, so it’s vital to choose your words very carefully in a way to uplift people.”

Check out the interview with Mr. Anxiety exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Mr. Anxiety:
This all started when I was 17. I grew up on hip hop and have always wanted to rap; however, I didn’t know where to start. All my friends were rapping and one in particular was pursuing this career. It was motivation, but not necessarily inspiration. Until a friend of mine that I’ve known since elementary stabbed me in the back. I wanted to fight him, but he’s not a fighter and avoided me after this. So I turned all my anger into words.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I have no creative way to promote my music. I’m too simple, I just upload them to Soundcloud, Reverbnation, etc.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
Not knowing anyone in the business. I have no connections or experience, plus the entertainment business has changed compared to a decade ago. I overcome this by studying and learning the business. I have dedicated myself to music so I’m always practicing. Talent is nothing if skill doesn’t practice.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
I have recently moved back. In Utah the music scene sucks, same with Hawaii (where I am now). I don’t like that no one has made a name for themselves coming out of both states. At the same time I do like it because it just gives me a chance to put my city on the map and make a name from somewhere people wouldn’t consider talent to be at/in.

Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
If we keep heading in the same direction we’re going right now down the toilet is where I see the future of music. Artists need to put a lot more thought into their music. Music is so powerful, everyone listens and I feel once that artist(s) gets heard they start to take advantage. In other words, I feel no one seems to want to inspire anymore.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Anything is possible when you have the mindset. Don’t follow in footsteps, make your own. Everyone has their own twist that they can add. Let people hate. Hate is motivation while support is inspiration. Give people a story from your perspective. Dedication is everything and practice does make perfect. Never forget that.

What inspires you to write your next song?
Life. Whatever I’m going through or even what others are going through that I can relate to and put into words. I can literally talk about anything, you just give me the time to.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
I prefer to sit in silence, it’s the best way for me to put thought into what I’m trying to say and get across from my view of the world and everything I’ve been through.

What do you think makes a great song?
A true story from a perspective that I can relate to or open my mind to a different view. Words are powerful, so it’s vital to choose your words very carefully in a way to uplift people.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/jeremyfarris
Facebook: www.facebook.com/JeremysDope
Twitter: www.twitter.com/TheDopeBest
Instagram: www.instagram.com/mr._anxiety