“The hardest thing I would say about being in the music business is understanding the business.”
Check out the interview with Naus exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Naus: This all began when I was a youth, music has always been interesting to me. In the third grade I started writing poetry, by the time I became a fifth grader I was producing and writing lyrics to the beat in my head that I would put on paper. I eventually stopped for some years. When I committed to doing music full time, I just went in. I kept writing and eventually I got a mic. Once the mic came in, it was on for me.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
Doing a promotion package is a way to promote as an artist. Of course the more you pay, the higher the results which is why having finances available is important. Social media is another good way to promote. I would say follow a&rs, producers, DJs, and other upcoming artists. YouTube is another site that is good to have, start up a channel, and make it do what it do.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
Ultimately I want to become the female version of P. Diddy, as far as performance and business wise. I love to dance, something I found out about myself couple years back. Off the top that’s my ultimate goal.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
The hardest thing I would say about being in the music business is understanding the business. There’s more to music than recording. I’ve always known that since my youth when I started songwriting the first time. That’s the hardest part because most do not know about the business side of music and most execs aren’t going to give you lessons.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
I am from North Charleston, SC. The music scene, as far as urban wise, is not that pumping. We’ve had potential artists that could make it in the music industry, but they would always be mixed up with various other things. In general it’s getting better with time.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
One advice I would give is to be determined. Definitely got to be determined, that determination will get you far because your mind will begin to think “this is all or nothing.” I would also like to add to not be afraid of reaching out to others, building your contacts again is important.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
So far the best thing that has happened to me was getting proposed and accepting a contract with Bentley Records. To me it’s a start & I am all in with putting in work with Bentley Records’ support.
What is your inspiration?
My inspiration is my daily contact with the one above. I accepted to take the journey of finding myself coming out of the year 2013, found myself at 23 when I was living in the Northeast. I’ve become exposed mentally and that continues to inspire me to be true to myself, true to others, and true with everything that I do. That’s my main inspiration, progressing is key in life.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Of course. Music is constantly changing; there’s room for more artists. Nowadays I don’t really know what the next trend or person that goes viral is going to be; it’s always a surprise. If they got the mindset and determination, an aspiring artist can succeed. My opinion.