“People are looking to see you active and you are admired for your hustle efforts. I like to keep shows, interviews, radio appearances, and photo shoots constant to keep my followers in the loop and show I am moving.”
Check out the interview with Mr. Mann exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Mr. Mann: First, thanks for having me. This all began as poetry. I was known for being a very in depth and thought provoking poet in college. I loved making people think and bringing issues to light that are usually overlooked in our society. One day I put a poem behind a beat, liked how it sounded and never looked back.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
Stay consistent. Do not do a show one month then disappear for a year. People are looking to see you active and you are admired for your hustle efforts. I like to keep shows, interviews, radio appearances, and photo shoots constant to keep my followers in the loop and show I am moving.
This is all a numbers game. Get those views and follows up ASAP. You must believe in yourself. Nobody can believe in you and your music if you do not treat it as if they need to. Hone your craft and excel at what you love. Forget what they told you, it is all about who you know. Get to networking.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I want to be the artist who made history and is looked up to for doing what he loves. I need music and I want people to need my music and give them a feeling or put them in a mind state that no other song can. I do not want a one hit wonder, nor do I want one classic album then fall of the face of the earth. I want classic after classic and to be remembered for being the most successful, hardest working, and conscious rapper/singer to ever touch a microphone.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
Getting people to listen. Everybody raps nowadays, it’s hard finding your niche that sets you apart from every other artist doing what you do. People are so used to seeing “such-a-such is rapping now” that when an actual promising artists comes along, it is easy for them to be overlooked.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
One, I love Brooklyn. I am a product of poverty stricken lifestyles and a family from the projects on both sides. Brooklyn is wild and one wrong turn down a block can go from a warm day to a cold night. I grew up in Flatbush, known for losing their minds and acting up any and everywhere. You choose who you want to be in life and I chose a different path.
The music scene is gutter and real curse-overloaded. Being hard on your song gets more respect than having actual bars and saying something. I never was a trend follower and I like being the outcast honestly. Living there was always eventful.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Be yourself and do not hold back anything in your music. You will regret it in the long run. Let them creative juices flow and show who you are, no one else.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
I got to headline Webster Hall on January 9, 2016 and that show was phenomenal. It was a culmination of all the 25 or 30 shows I had done during the year. More people came out than ever before, the crowd reaction was at an all-time high and I received a lot of publicity and following from people I never met before. It’s great feeling to make someone feel good from something that you said. My favorite performance so far. A lot more to come.
What is your inspiration?
My family because they have supported me in any decision I have ever made, any move I ever wanted to make, and any risk I was willing to take. With a support system like that, how can you go wrong? I will make you all more proud than I have, that is a promise.
My fans because without you all I do this in my room in my mirror for my eyes only. All of your support keeps me hungry and more eager to keep going. I will not let you down. And awful artists. They upset me and make me want to work harder to make sure I am the criteria needed for people to be on and making it, not them. I cannot and will not let them outwork me.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Unfortunately a catchy hook and hot beat gets deals easy these days. My focus is bringing thought and lyricism back to music to keep you thinking about what I might have meant on the 30th time you listen to it. Bars all day.
Where can we find you on social media?
Official Website: www.mrmannmusic.com