“The streets dictate what you hear, not the suit and tie. That’s why the big 3 are scrambling trying to make sure independent companies don’t make it. For artists to be more a part of the future they need stay independent minded and focus on the digital aspect of the game.”
Check out the interview with Nate’$avage exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Nate’$avage: My journey started when I was 15 and needed a way to express myself, to get the bullshit off my chest and show those that doubted me I would one day be successful.
I am from Dallas, TX. My family moved to Houston back in 2010 and that’s where I fell in love with the Houston sound. I wasn’t rapping at that time, but I knew then what I wanted to do. I couldn’t stay out of trouble so my pops wouldn’t support the attitude.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I use all forms of social media and promotional tours. I ask my fans off the wall questions on Twitter and Instagram to get my fans shook up. I am also working with independent radio stations showing them love and they reciprocate. I get lots of mixtape placements too. The DJ is the key to the door. Network with them and you will find your music in places you didn’t know existed.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
Just being an individual in the game is hard because you want to make money doing your passion, but I guess I would say trust. There’s a lot of snakes, spiders, and straight up bastards in this game and you have to be careful not to get bit. Learn from each mistake and don’t repeat them; make sure the mistake is on the cheap end because coming up in this game is a mutha.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
Back in Houston and Dallas there’s much love. Houston is full of artists and the industry alone is diversified enough that all aspects in the game are making money. I’m currently living in the St. Louis area working with the local artists, producers, and mix masters. St. Louis is not what it used to be, but I think a lot of artist are being slept on here.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
The future is all digital, mostly independent and street connected. These devils are trying to strong arm us, but what they don’t get is that the streets will always rule the hip hop industry. The streets dictate what you hear, not the suit and tie. That’s why the big 3 are scrambling trying to make sure independent companies don’t make it. For artists to be more a part of the future they need stay independent minded and focus on the digital aspect of the game.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Artists need to be artists. Be an artist and take it seriously. Study the great artists that came before you and understand what they did to be great or what you think is great about their body of work. Get your business right, understand where your money is going, and when and where it’s coming back. Brand yourself, don’t get branded.
What inspires you to write your next song?
Whatever is on my mind at that time or what’s been on my mind the past week. I study the greats such as Scarface and UGK; the southern artists my pops raised me up on.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
It all comes from my heart. If it didn’t come from the heart, then no matter what you say won’t be felt by your fans.
What do you think makes a great song?
Heart felt verses. Lyrics that make you emotional. Lyrics that tell a story. Fans can feel it and can visualize what you’re talking about. My projects are chapters in a book. What a lot of artists tend to skimp on is an engineer. You need to make sure you pay a great engineer to mix and master. Find one that you can build a great relationship with.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?