“Either it goes the direction it’s going now where it’s more about the money or it can go back to how it used to be where it’s solely about the music. Music’s becoming a poison.”
Check out the interview with Nick Eota exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Nick Eota: I was working at my dad’s smoke shop in downtown New London. One day I was working on my first track and a customer overheard me spitting it. While I was cashing him out we started talking about music and he told me he had a studio right up stairs. The very next day I went up there. Once I realized I had the access to the studio whenever I wanted it was on from there. I started going up every week working on something new.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I like to promote the old fashion way; hitting the streets, pumping out mixtapes, and networking with people. Other than that I like to connect with people online whether it’s other artists or random people around the world. It’s really just all about networking for me.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
I think the hardest challenge in this game is to promote your music. I say that because the internet is flooded with all these artist trying to get there music out there. Not to knock any artist’s grind, but there’s artists out there that give us artist who are truly devoted to the game a bad name.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
There’s so much talent in this town it’s unbelievable and the artists out here are grinding. I’m honored to be a part of what we have going on here in New London, CT. What I don’t like is that we’re not exactly on the map yet. I truly feel we deserve it and slowly but surely we’ll make our way into the industry.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
Either it goes the direction it’s going now where it’s more about the money or it can go back to how it used to be where it’s solely about the music. Music’s becoming a poison. The only way to change that is if us artists that do it for the music stand up and say what needs to be said before it’s too late.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Just keep going. This game’s never ending. If you truly want this it’s a lot of work but never give up. Learn to live in adversity. Don’t let self-doubt destroy you because it can truly be crippling at times.
What inspires you to write your next song?
Lately for me it’s been conversations between me and my producer while we’re shopping through beats. Being in the studio vibing out there’s really nothing like it for me. I’m not the type to have 10 people in the studio. I like it to be just me and Smoke because him being in the game 20+ years I try to squeeze as much info out of him that I can.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
Go to Smoke the World headquarters. We chill, talk, and do what we do to prepare our minds. We start looking for the right beat. I start thinking of a concept. I try to get the hook down first but sometimes the verses come first. Go over it at least 10 times to memorize it and hit the booth.
What do you think makes a great song?
Concept and beat are huge for me. I like sounds and colors, if the lyrics don’t match the colors it’s off to me. I like to be able to visualize what they’re saying and be able to relate to it. Hearing the emotion the artist puts into their music’s crucial to me. It shows me they’re about what they say and not just another fake emcee/artist in it for the money.
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