“I think some of the most creative ways I promote my music is through merchandise … I’ve sold anything from mouse pads to sketch books with my cover art on them.”

Check out the interview with Neight Larcen exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Neight Larcen:
About the age of 11 I became intrigued by hip hop culture. It started with graffiti and breakdancing, and soon turned into beat boxing and freestyle circles with my close friends. One day one of them asked me to join a band (Adrenaline), so I did. It was in 1999 when the band picked up and started playing gigs. In 2011 the band went separate ways and I continued to produce, write, and record.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I think some of the most creative ways I promote my music is through merchandise. I usually do short runs with my t-shirts which I usually screen print and do all the art myself. Other than that I try to sell things other artists want. I’ve sold anything from mouse pads to sketch books with my cover art on them.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
I would have to say dealing with promoters is very hard especially every time I move into a new scene. Most promoters have their go to artists and don’t like to take risks on names they haven’t heard. I usually get my foot in those doors by booking my own shows at first to show those promoters I have a pull.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
My hometown is the birthplace for many great well known music artists. Most people here don’t support original music. They are content with the same cover bands week after week, year after year. There is also a huge cultural diversity. As a writer, I’m a very observant person so people watching here is almost a sport in itself.

Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
Electronic dance music is taking off but like anything else in history the art form of being a musician will make a full circle. There will always be great artists and there will always be lame artists. You have to be original to be noticed and cherished so if you sound like all the artists before you nobody’s even going to bat a lash.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Just keep pushing. Your whole life people will tell you you’ll never make it as an artists. Statistically they are correct, but if you’re in the game long enough you’ll notice most of the artists who do get noticed do it for 2 or 3 decades before it happens. Nobody’s just going to come along and give you free hand outs.

What inspires you to write your next song?
What doesn’t inspire me to write my next song? I can write about almost anything that I feel has a direct connection with my life. Something I can relate to. I often tell stories of other friends or acquaintances lives as well. So I guess the people, their actions, their qualities, their psyche, and their quirks.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
I usually start by producing the instrumental and whatever feeling it gives me. Sometimes it takes more time to come up with the subject matter itself than it actually does the words. After that I’ll record the lyrics, then write breaks and fills in the music where I feel they are needed. After that I mix and master it.

What do you think makes a great song?
Everything. The music, the lyrics, the mix, and most importantly the dynamics and composition. I was lucky enough to be in a band for over a decade and come from a musical background, so I understand composition very well. It’s definitely the strong point in my best songs.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Bandcamp: www.neightlarsen.bandcamp.com
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/neightlarcen
Facebook: www.facebook.com/NeightLarcen
Instagram: www.instagram.com/n8lah