“To get to where you want to be as an artist and a person you have to learn who and what to exclude from your life. And never keep around yes men. Keep people around you that really want to see you at your best.”

Check out the interview with Notise Balla exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Artist Name:*: Notise Balla

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Notise Balla:
I started doing music at a very young age, around 11 or 12. At that point it was more of a hobby than anything else. At 17 I got into some legal trouble and I was incarcerated for six years. During that time I planned how I was going to chase this music career. Since my release on Nov 3, 2014 I’ve been grinding nonstop. I started my own brand called OFF Ent. (Only For Fetti Entertainment) and linked with some local artists who’re part of the D Brown Sounds camp.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I can’t really say that I have any creative ways of promoting my music. I do the Facebook, Twitter, and IG postings. Soundcloud, Reverbnation, and YouTube as well. Actually I’m getting more into the video aspect in the sense of making my own which I feel will help with the vision and image if I keep solid visuals out constantly.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
The greatest challenge I would say would be people and promotion. On the promotion side of things I can only do so much for myself without the proper connections. On the people side of things it’s challenging to deal with the users. They know that you’re trying to make a name for yourself and at the same time create a career.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
My hometown’s music scene’s complicated. You have a whole lot of local artists who’re very good at what they do but act like they’re already on. Also a lot of venues are scared to host hip hop events because of the drama that usually goes down. On the upside I do love the love that I do get from my loyal fans and supporters.

Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
I think that hip hop music needs to get back to its roots! Nowadays a lot of these artists aren’t really as talented as they seem. Don’t get me wrong I like creative style but a lot them would sound trashy without beats that they be on. Right now the producers are really controlling the game.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Stay humble and stay hungry. Never take an opportunity for granted. And make scarifies. To get to where you want to be as an artist and a person you have to learn who and what to exclude from your life. And never keep around yes men. Keep people around you that really want to see you at your best.

What inspires you to write your next song?
Life in general. My life, my girl’s life, my neighbor’s life, my hood’s life. Sometimes it’s party time and other times its war time. Or it could just be something conscious from my point of view. It’s however I feel at the moment.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
It depends. Sometimes I just follow where the beat takes me. Other times I come up with a concept and/or melody without the beat and add it on later. After that I just do what I do best, me.

What do you think makes a great song?
I believe to make a great song you need a combination of creativity, passion, originality, and of course bars.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/noticeballa
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Notise-Balla-1468689403433304
Twitter: @pbooker59b
Instagram: @notise_balla59
Email: pbooker59b@gmail.com