“I can’t stand the hate. I understand that competition has been a part of Hip-Hop since the beginning but it gets ridiculous out here sometimes. Every other week there’s a new diss-track or a new beef between two artists that have NO business being mad at each other. It’s like, “Oh, What!? That guy didn’t like my profile pic on instagram?! I’m dropping a diss about this hater…”

Check out the interview with Namelesz exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

SKILLY: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Namelesz: I’ve been taking steps to enter the entertainment business and learning to make music since childhood. My family has supported me every step of the way, too. Without their love and support along the way, I’m not sure if I’d be able to make music right now. My mother found a way to get me my first mic when I was 17; my father taught me to play the guitar when I was 12; my sister taught me about notes and scales and showed me my first rap song when I was seven. Those are just a few of the wonderful things I can remember them doing for me. Music has been in my family for a long time. My mother sang, my father played the Jazz Saxophone, my grandparents on my mom’s side played instruments, sang and made music back in the day. Music is in my blood. It’s a part of me. It’s almost like I was destined to be a songwriter (laughs)!

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I take advantage of social media as much as possible. For example, I make comedy based web shows to shamelessly promote Namelesz Music, showcase different aspects of my life other than music, and most importantly connect with people on a human level. It’s not the best method, but it’s a useful way for an artist to connect with their fans and make new fans. The actual best method for promoting music, for me, is going up to people in person and talking about it. While it can be difficult to engage in conversation with total strangers, it’s actually quite rewarding. Engaging with people in the real world, rather than through the internet, impacts their lives and memories in a wonderful way. In my experience, people are much more willing to listen and support what you’re doing when you go out and show them that you’re a real person.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
The two greatest challenges I face in today’s music industry are dealing with scams and people trying to influence me. One must be vigilant while working in today’s music industry. Watch out for potential scams. It’s unfortunate, but thanks to the internet we live in a day and age where anyone can invent a fake persona, fake business and fake offer to try and cheat some struggling artist out of hard earned money. I’ve had many people cross my path with some amazing offers that turned out to be complete snake-oilers. Even certain legitimate offers are potential scams directed at the wayward up and coming musician. I’m not pointing any fingers, but certain labels might try to buy you and change you. They’ll offer you a fat signing bonus and a contract, then start ordering you around, forcing you to do things you don’t want to, be someone you’re not, because you work for them. Now, that brings me to the other great challenge I face in today’s music industry: negative influences. While not every artist will have to deal with lucrative record labels offers trying to push them in the wrong direction, many with have to deal with the negative influence from their immediate environment. I deal with this quite often. I’m talking about the unwanted advice and opinions of many people who try to tell me how to make my music, how to live my life, and how to be me. I don’t mind advice when it’s constructive, but when you start trying to get me to be something I’m not? I’ll ignore you and stay true to myself.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
The music scene in my hometown is very vibrant. Here in Colorado Springs, there are so many different people trying to make it all at the same time, most of them succeeding in some way. Whether you love or hate the scene here, you have to be impressed by the sheer amount of music being made all at once. In that sense, I love the music scene in the Springs. There’s so much diversity. It’s quite easy for a growing artists to expand their horizons collaborating with other artists, sampling different genres. It’s so wonderful seeing everyone succeed. But, at the same time, there is an incredible amount of hate between the artists here. I don’t like that aspect of it. I can’t stand the hate. I understand that competition has been a part of Hip-Hop since the beginning but it gets ridiculous out here sometimes. Every other week there’s a new diss-track or a new beef between two artists that have NO business being mad at each other. It’s like, “Oh, What!? That guy didn’t like my profile pic on instagram?! I’m dropping a diss about this hater!” They act like it’s easier to hate one another than it is to laugh and smile with each other Not everyone here is so negative though. Many are very glad to support one another and do so in great strides. I enjoy seeing people helping each other like that. I guess I’m torn on the music scene here. I love it and loath it.

Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
To be honest, I have no idea what the future has in store for music or where music is going. I think that before we start thinking about the future, we should all sync into this very moment; right now. How can we be concerned with the future if we haven’t even gotten through this moment yet? Too many people are thinking too much about the future that hasn’t happened yet. Today is yesterdays tomorrow. By that logic, the future is already here. So what can we do to be more of part of the future? Be more a part of the present, this moment, the present, is the future that’s already here.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
To other upcoming artists and those trying to succeed, in any endeavor, I would advise you to never give up. Don’t expect your success to come overnight. Success requires 10,000 hours and that’s literal. Don’t let yourself be discouraged by any failure or hater telling you to quit. Love yourself and love what you do. If you do the absolute best you can possibly do at whatever it is you’re doing, then you have every right to love it, be proud of it, and believe in yourself while you’re doing it. I know this sounds cliche, but if you believe in yourself, you can do anything. That’s the truth.

What inspires you to write your next song?
Life is what inspires me to write new songs. Whether it’s by events in the world at large or personal events that happen in my own world, I’m constantly inspired by life. Each new day brings many new perspective views that could all be expressed in song. The music imprints itself on me; which in turn, inspires me to write more music. I write lyrics about what’s going around me, and what this life means to me. I use actual life experiences as influence when producing the instrumentals and music behind the lyrics. I’m inspired by my friends and family working so hard in their own ways. I’m inspired by the struggle and difficulties of day to day life, as well as, the many pleasures and blessings we all enjoy. I’ve been inspired to write about certain emotions, in an effort to analyze them psychologically. I’m often inspired by my failures. I like to think about my failures more than my successes because it pushes me to improve myself and grow as a person, using music. Love always drives me forward to craft that next song. Love is so powerful. My love for music makes me want to write a song right now. I’m also inspired by other artists. When I hear and see other artists do something amazing: it makes me want to strive and succeed amazingly as well, in my own way.

What do you think makes a great song?
Well I’m not really sure what “great” really means. All music is great and wonderful in it’s own sense. Every artist is great at their craft in some way. Really a song is just a mashup of sounds. If you take a series of beautiful, awesome sounds and mesh them together in the right rhythmix sense, to where they compliment and flow with each other, you don’t just create a jumble of random noises, you create this living entity of sorts. It doesn’t even have to make sense; it just has to have some life in it. Even though all music is great in some sense, in my opinion, the best music is music that’s alive.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
If anyone is interested in connecting with me, they can find me on Facebook, YouTube, and Soundcloud. If anyone would like to contact me, please email me or message me on one of my social media pages.

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