“I do believe more artists will be independent in future and this could change the way commercial companies think and act due to people turning their backs on them. This could lead to a golden era for music.”

Check out the interview with Mr Grimez Poet Warrior exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Mr Grimez Poet Warrior: From when I was a teenager, I started to write lyrics and then my passion started to grow for writing and music as the years went by. It was definitely a natural vibe, but I felt there was a lot of learning to do and in some cases I had to rediscover myself on my path; this was due to a lot of politics in the industry. I’ve been able to get through that and now I’m more comfortable with myself as an artist regardless of the pressures of the machine trying to recreate the image of an art form.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I usually promote myself of YouTube, Facebook, Deviant Art, Twitter, and now Instagram. What works for me is my image of the mask (as well as other accessories). This helps to make sure that I standout. I also record my performances and upload it to YouTube to promote myself.

Also, I collaborate with illustrators and use my poetry or imagery of my character in order to build awareness of the Poet Warrior. Whatever else random I can do, I’ll do it as long my budget can handle it.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
From my point of view there are quite few challenges. In terms of my style there maybe discrimination and misunderstandings. Rather than me focus on the negativity and people trying to accept me, I just keep it moving and keep on building. It’s important for me to stay focus on my goals no matter what is happening out here.

It can be a battle out there trying to convince people who you are whether they are promoters, managers, or the audience. Learning from my younger warrior years, there is no point in me worrying about that. I’ve got to be consistent and do the best that I can. Eventually more opportunities will rise that will expand my career and help to overcome the red tape.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
The good thing about my city is that there are plenty of open mic nights for people to perform. It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or a veteran. It’s open for you to perform. As you know there’s an abundance of artists coming from the UK, there’s no shortage of art in my city.

Of course I’ve come across some open mic nights where there has been discrimination or censorship. I just think when promoters start to water down their showcases or open mic nights for corporate heads this is when the problems begin. It should be about letting musicians express themselves rather than be controlled. If you are looking for something different you will find it in London, Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, and the rest of UK but you got to dig deep man.

Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
I think artists will need to start thinking futuristic from now, rather than go with the flow of what is happening in the digital age. Creativity is the way forward in this machine. It will break barriers and so called rules that artists are bonded by. It’s all about artists taking control of their music more.

I do believe more artists will be independent in the future and this could change the way commercial companies think and act due to people turning their backs on them. This could lead to a golden era for music. On a side note, I think a new genre of music is going to take over maybe within the next 7 years that might be a total game changer. It may actually bring us the 90’s vibe that some of us want.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
As I always say, stay true to the art form, stick to your truth, and be proud of your style. Why change for people just because they don’t feel comfortable in what you do. Try to gain as many opportunities as you can. If you feel it’s best to perform at open mics then do it, never be afraid to try. There may be some negative situations that get thrown on your path but don’t let it guide you off track forever.

Keep your focus and work towards your goal or goals. It’s not going to be easy but the important thing is for you to believe in yourself and remember you have a purpose on this planet. Music is inspirational and if you can help people through the dark times then it’s a great service for humanity. So all the best on your path.

What inspires you to write your next song?
Many elements can inspire me to write a song. From walking down the street in my area of Croydon to maybe a video on YouTube, or a situation that has happened in my city or environment and even a comic book or an animation or movie. I can get the inspiration from anywhere so I’m not limited at all. I just get a spark to write something.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
Firstly, it’s the creative spark. Then I start writing, my style is poetry so I can write without an instrumental. But if I do have instrumental, the music will talk to me and then I can write poetry to music. Then fly to a studio to record the song and you guys know the rest with the technical stuff. For me it’s a very simple process, nothing complicated. Sometimes I may make changes here and there if it needs to be done.

What do you think makes a great song?
It’s got to be something that stands out to me. Songs that are rebellious, unexpected, and innovative I consider awesome. Also, if the song has an unusual arrangement then I tend to like that kind of style. Let’s not forget a track that is timeless that can be played in 2016 and in the year 2098 and is still relevant because it connects with people on so many levels.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Instagram: @mrgrimezreal
YouTube: MrGrimezTheAntiHero
Facebook: MrGrimezOfficial
Soundcloud: mrgrimezpoetwarrior
Deviant Art: mrgrimez
Twitter: @MrGrimezReal