“I want to be a pioneer. To become a multi-talented artist that represents true musical freedom to be yourself and do it at a high-level of quality sounds mixed with rare talent. I want to widen the cultural bridge by building a new lane for the people like me.”
Check out the interview with MyBrothaVan exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
SKILLY: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
M.B.V: I had no musical background. I grew just as an avid listener like most kids but I listened to popular stuff and obscure songs that most kids used to think I was weird for. Big Kid Cudi and Kanye fan, but also was hugely inspired by versatile artist like Sublime. I first came into the music scene as a hobby in 2016, just to try my hand at it. The first song I did [Always] opened a lot of eyes around my area (including mine) to my talent, so in Jan 2017, I decided to do this as a career. And here I am.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
I’m still experimenting with that but for me, the best results have come from videos, then live shows. Traveling out of my area to places like Miami, Atlanta, Oklahoma City, Mobile, etc. The people there have much more of an appreciation for you than in my small town. Seeing you in person is definitely a way to stick out and be memorable to a new fan
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I want to be a pioneer. To become a multi-talented artist that represents true musical freedom to be yourself and do it at a high-level of quality sounds mixed with rare talent. I want to widen the cultural bridge by building a new lane for the people like me. The different kids, the lost kids, the weird kids. We need a home of our own, you know.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
Lack of funds definitely. I support my indie career solely off my own funds. It’s a struggle. Second would be building a team of like-minded individuals you can trust and are committed to the same goal.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
My city is more family/retirement-oriented. Most of the money here comes from tourism and the military. Not much of a music scene or business support for indie artists but we got a new wave of artists trying to change that through talent and hard work. So it’s headed in the right direction. Just takes time.
What are some of the advice you can give and share with other artists who are still trying to come up?
Support others if you want to support. The world is bigger than just you and yours. Find multiple music mentors. Create and manage a budget for your craft. Be ready for negative reactions to your music. Everyone gets them. And be patient. It’s better to be a slow-building fire than a quick flame, in my opinion anyway.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
Investing in my home studio.
What is your inspiration?
People. All people. The way that some decide to enjoy their time on this planet. And the way that some have given up on hope. Both those positive and negative energies boost my drive daily. Yea.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Yes. There is plenty of testimonies and evidence.