“One of the greatest challenges we face is still staying in the NH lane but keeping it up to date and fresh with today’s times. We overcome it by accepting challenges so we can become better.”
Check out the interview with Natural Habitz exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Meda: I always loved music and dancing, and I was around it a lot growing up. It was just a thing we would do and eventually people started noticing and it just became a deep passion.
Dutchman: I’ve always had the personality and the voice. I’ve always wanted to be a singer since I was about 4 or 5. Then I started writing poetry. I started actually rapping when I was about 13 or 14.
Dice Roll ‘em: The Natural Habitz journey started for me back in 2010. Even though I was introduced to Struct and Meda back in ‘09. The rest is history after that.
Tykoon Savy: It all started for me when my dad introduced me to hip hop. I was around five and he taught me how to freestyle. I took that and kept evolving and kept working to turn it into what I have now.
Kunstruct: It all started for me when I heard my cousin and his friends rhyming in a cypher when I was little. At that point I knew music was what I wanted to do. I started spitting at an early age as well as deejaying, that evolved into producing.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
Meda: Listening parties and of course social media is saturated with everything, so you have to have something to catch people’s attention. We use our entire NRE crew/team to help promote each other and push each other’s product.
Dutchman: Social media and word of mouth.
Dice Roll ‘em: Ways I promote my music are basically on every social media site I have and of course Soundcloud and Reverbnation.
Tykoon Savy: I like to promote my music on social media of course. It’s a great way to make a name for yourself. Just gotta network with the right people.
Kunstruct: Websites, blog placements, obtaining movie/TV placements through publishing, online interviews, online radio profiles, online music site profiles, social media, etc. It’s all important.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
Meda: Basically just the same politics. It’s all money-driven, so really the best thing to do is to be self-sufficient don’t depend on anyone else. Go out and get things done yourself.
Dutchman: Main thing is budgeting. We just have to grind a lot harder.
Dice Roll ‘em: One of the greatest challenges we face is still staying in the NH lane but keeping it up to date and fresh with today’s times. We overcome it by accepting challenges so we can become better.
Tykoon Savy: Being original and making the listener want more. You just gotta keep working on your craft and making yourself better.
Kunstruct: Uniqueness and staying current but carving out and staying in your own lane. It’s also important to have something different going on that makes you stand out from the pack while staying true yourself at the same time.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
Meda: We always had a scattered music scene with different genres and there’s a lot of heart and passion in our city and a lot of talent. I like how everyone is coming together finally and trying to move forward using each other’s resources.
Dutchman: I think there are so many talented artists out here. Salute to everybody working.
Dice Roll ‘em: The music scene in our town is dope. So many different talented artists. It’s an amazing time for Chattanooga and history in the making.
Tykoon Savy: The music scene in my city is kinda popular. We are definitely building and we’re all starting to work together which is great.
Kunstruct: Loving it. So many lanes, so many talented artists. Chattanooga is a hot spot for great music and talent.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
Meda: The way that I see music going in the future is just a big melting pot of sounds.
Dutchman: I think it will have its good sides and bad sides. Everything repeats itself around the sun. So you gotta get in where you fit in.
Dice Roll ‘em: I can’t really say where I think future music is going to be. As long as people love music there is always going to be so many artists involved in it.
Tykoon Savy: The future of music in my opinion isn’t obvious yet. I just know it’ll be dope.
Kunstruct: From a producers standpoint, I believe it is definitely becoming more of a mixture of sounds and production techniques. Sound wise, music is becoming more eclectic but the biggest thing I’m seeing in hip hop is the return of bars.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Meda: Just be original and work twice as hard as everyone else.
Dutchman: You will hear a more “no” than “yes.” Keep grinding, have patience, read books, and gain knowledge.
Dice Roll ‘em: Keep grinding and don’t feel bad about being broke when investing in your music because in the end it’s definitely worth it.
Tykoon Savy: My advice is keep working and pushing. Don’t ever give up if you love it.
Kunstruct: Create a tight team around you that believes in your music, make sure your business side is taken care of, and stays on point.
What inspires you to write your next song?
Meda: Everything. Life in general, but when an idea hits I just go with it.
Dutchman: It can be various number of things but usually the struggle motivates me.
Dice Roll ‘em: Whatever mood I’m feeling or certain events that are happening in my life or in the world.
Tykoon Savy: It depends on my vibes and what inspires me. Anything could make me want to make a song. It’s gotta be right moment and right time and place.
Kunstruct: First, for me, the production has to be illy. That’s the foundation of it all for me. After that, once you get that first dope bar and in get in a zone it’s on.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
Meda: Just listen to the beat and see what it brings out of me. The track sets the mood and emotions, so from there I know immediately the direction I want to go in.
Dutchman: Letting the beat preach to me and my writing hand tell the message.
Dice Roll ‘em: First I hear the beat, see what mood goes with it, feel it, and write what I feel fits the beat perfect.
Tykoon Savy: I start with verses or the beat, and then decide if I want a chorus or not.
Kunstruct: Produce a track, then decide on what type of vibe the beat is, get a hook written, and then make the pen bleed.
What do you think makes a great song?
Meda: I believe you just have to put a lot of passion into it.
Dutchman: Anything that you write make sure it comes from who you are. What you put out for the world is how people will always view you.
Dice Roll ‘em: Great artists make great songs. The hook and lyrics gotta be dope for me to like it.
Tykoon Savy: A great song to me comes in all kinds of form. Funny, lyrical, catchy, a good message and sometimes story telling. As long as it sounds good musically it can be great.
Kunstruct: Any song can be great, but I believe songs that have subjects people can relate to everyday are the strongest and make for some of the most incredible material.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Official website: www.Naturalhabitz.com