“The person that made it possible for me to record my first song is equally as important as the person who inspired me to write one.”

Check out the interview with OC34N exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
I can’t credit any one thing that got me to where I am. My life has been a series of both fortunate and unfortunate events that have lead me to where I need to be. The person that made it possible for me to record my first song is equally as important as the person who inspired me to write one.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Everything in your life will become expendable; your family, your friends, your relationships. Everything. The only way to survive is to work through it. Work through the failure. It’s the only way you’ll ever succeed in this type of work.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
It’s always a challenge to get your music out there. You want to break outside your social circle.

We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Network. Fans are going to be more responsive to your music when they know who they are listening to. You’ll have better success pushing your records to insiders if they’ve seen you before.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
It’s a small city with an immense amount of talent. I just wish we were more accepting to newer faces. I see the same names on flyers all the time. I think the people are looking for someone they can identify with.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
Still doing what I love.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
Some of my favorite songwriters are 2Pac, Jim Morrison, George Harrison, and Frank Sinatra.

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
It’s the most versatile it’s ever been. Whether you’re a fan of what is popular at the moment, I think hip hop is a genre that can never be classified. It is ever evolving and changing. Hip hop is a live thing.

Where can we contact you and find you online?
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