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Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
N-V: I’ve been involved with music in some shape, form, or fashion pretty much my entire life. Music has always been my everything, so somewhere along the line I just figured I might as well try to make a career out of it because it’s been the only constant out of my life.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
You have to be willing to put in the work needed to get where you want to be. So many people have the expectation that the big break is just supposed to come out of nowhere, but unfortunately it hardly ever happens that way. The amount of work you put in will determine how much you get out of it.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
What gives me the hardest challenge is finding ways to balance work and family life with music life. At some point they always seem to intertwine with one another, so I’ve become very adept at making sacrifices.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
I try to utilize as many aspects as possible when it comes to promoting and advertising. Social is king right now because you can reach such a vast amount of people in a relatively short time. I also still push music the old fashioned way by meeting and greeting people one on one with music in hand.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I’m from a small city in southwestern Ohio titled Middletown. It’s right in the middle of Dayton and Cincinnati, OH. There is an abundance of talented artist just waiting on their chance to be heard. Singers, rappers, and producers all of which could be the next big thing.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
Still growing and expanding my brand, Y.A. Ent. with hopefully a little more money in the bank. In all seriousness, by this time next year I plan on having some majors really paying close attention to the name N-V.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
Life is my biggest inspiration. My music reflects what it is I’m going through at any given point in time. Whether good or bad, I put whatever it is life has dealt me into my music. That’s why songs I’ve written years ago can still hold someone’s attention today.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
There’s a lot of good music coming out nowadays, as well as some not so good music. I like to listen to different types of music depending on my mood. Overall though, most of the music sounds the same especially the ones on the radio. After a while it becomes repetitive and I start to lose interest.
Where can we contact you and find you online?
You can contact me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram all under @iamnv.
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