“The main thing that inspires me to write my next song is the challenge of building off the hype of the previous song I made.”
Check out the interview with Ocho exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Ocho: My journey started on the west side area of Fresno, CA. I first found interest in music when I was 10 or 11 after finding out my older brother was a local artist. Being that he was someone I really looked up to anything he did had a heavy influence on me. I first tried to actually rap at 13 and at 14 I recorded my first song with a group of my friends. That moment is when my interest for music turned into a passion.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I use a few different ways of promotion for my music, but the most common way of promotion I like to use is what I call the “friend of a friend” technique. This is when you share your song or songs to a broad range of people on social media or in person ask them to hear your song; if they like it ask them to share it with their friends.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
My greatest challenge I face in today’s entertainment business is my lack of exposure. This is something I feel isn’t going to be a real issue going forward. Everything takes time and time brings experience and knowledge that I will use to educate myself on what works and what doesn’t work as far as getting more exposure.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
The music scene in my hometown is unbelievable, there’s a lot of unseen talent where I come from. If there was something I can change about it though it’s the competition level. The competition level is so high that nobody wants to work with each other or anyone outside of who they are established with.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
To anybody out there that wants to do music and have a passion for it, chase it. Don’t let nobody discourage you and stay patient. Music is a skill just like a sport and just like sports, practice improves performance. Not many people make it off just making one song.
What inspires you to write your next song?
The main thing that inspires me to write my next song is the challenge of building off the hype of the previous song I made. Ever since I began making music I dedicated myself and time to make an effort to repeat or elevate the hype from one song to another.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
Being that I am a firm believer of quality over quantity I start with listening to just the instrumental for about 2 or 3 days to get a feel. I then find a rhythm that I mumble for about a day before writing anything down. I then began to construct my lyrics in the same rhythm as the mumble and begin making a main idea to rap about.
What do you think makes a great song?
I think a catchy hook and relatable lyrics is what makes a great song. In a lot of songs the hook comes first which makes the hook the attention getter. I feel like the best songs are made when the artist gets personal in their lyrics which usually has a high chance of being relatable which helps the artist connect with the fans on different level.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?