“Sometimes young kids fall into copying other artists sounds because they are afraid that by sounding different they will not be liked. Being unique is the only way that I live my life and I would suggest all the kids out there to do the same.”

Check out the interview with LeeMann Bassey exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

SKILLY: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
L.B: I started as a freelance entertainment journalist straight out of college where I wrote for various magazines (and sometimes as a ghostwriter). I did that for about 2 years and found that I liked journalism. I wanted a more hands-on experience in the music industry. That is when I contacted my friend from high school, Jeffrey “The Voice” Watkins, who happened to be a music producer at the time. That is when we sat down and made my first singles. And the rest is history!

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Definitely stay true to yourself. Sometimes young kids fall into copying other artists’ sounds because they are afraid that by sounding different they will not be liked. Being unique is the only way that I live my life and I would suggest all the kids out there do the same because everybody is an individual and brings something else to the table that nobody else can bring. Let the light within you shine like a star.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Meshing my music with my social initiatives. Many of my songs can be interpreted in different ways, but sometimes the single’s artwork, music video, and various other elements, I leave as clues for my underlying social initiative. It sometimes is a dilemma how to put the underlying message out there, so the majority of people can get the message without actually saying it outright (because I believe art should always be left for human interpretation).

We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Definitely on social media. My most loyal fan base has come from the networking opportunities that social platforms present. My favorite social media platform is Instagram because I love visual storytelling and Instagram allows me to showcase that love in ultimate form.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I live in New York, so it’s a very eclectic city. Which is great because I get fans with unique likes and dislikes. That crowd matches the type of artist that I am (an artist that cherishes his individuality).

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I see myself continuing to make statements about the world with my music, and continuing to reach larger audiences with messages of love and world peace.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My biggest inspiration is Erykah Badu because I connect with her at a human level as well as musically. Her music is very real and it tells the reality of life in a non-bubblegum type way (because non-bubblegum is how life really is). I respect the honesty in her lyrics because I can tell it came from her soul.

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
It’s impossible to like every single artist because everyone is unique and has a different perspective (which is what makes music an art). I wish fewer artists would focus on making songs bashing other artists because it diminishes their legacy (because that was not what we loved about them that made them legendary). But I enjoy the majority of music out. Especially Cardi B and SZA because their music speaks to the realism that I love with Erykah Badu’s music. I respect that all 3 speak their truth in their music.

Thanks! Where can we contact you and find you online?
Instagram – Instagram.com/leemannbassey
Twitter – twitter.com/leemannbassey
Facebook – facebook.com/leemannalexanderbassey
YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/leemannbassey