“My greatest opponent will always be my own restrictions. The goal is to push beyond that, even now it’s an ongoing battle. What’s important is that I’m still here.”
Check out the interview with OmiiDoe exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
OmiiDoe: It was at the end of a bad marriage actually. I wrote a song called “Missing Piece” which explains it more in detail from my EP Reset. Divorce is never pretty. It can get ugly and draining. I remember at that time I was staying with some friends and I felt mentally constipated. I had so much in me that needed to come out and this relationship put me over the edge. One night I couldn’t sleep so I got up and found a random beat from Soundclick and started writing.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I’m huge with making videos on YouTube. I started my own channel, ThatOmiiDoe, where I post skits to me just rapping a verse on camera. I’m also a gamer. A dedicated gamer at that. I have a 2nd YouTube channel, ThatsOD, where the gaming content is posted which promotes my music as well.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
The biggest challenge I’ll always have is myself. My own limitations and doubts. My greatest opponent will always be my own restrictions. The goal is to push beyond that, even now it’s an ongoing battle. What’s important is that I’m still here.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
I’m from NYC, yet I reside in Rochester. I lived in Buffalo for a few years. Music is big in each of these cities. There’s a lot of talent in each town. The one thing I find though is that a lot of local artists rely on mixtapes. Recycling beats from mainstream artists and re-creating the same song.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
Music is always changing and evolving. Trends recycle and get upgraded. There’s always a way to become a part of it. With social media being at an all-time high, it’s only a matter of time before the next Michael Jackson, the next Prince, the next Rolling Stone is discovered.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Be honest with yourself and your music. Real recognizes real. Don’t compromise yourself for a check.
What inspires you to write your next song?
My life, the fellow artists that keep me on my toes, the will and drive to succeed and fight my own battles.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
I hear the beat. I listen for melodies. Then I fill the melodies with words. A punchline is always best appreciated by its delivery.
What do you think makes a great song?
The raw emotion behind the words. The story it tells, the heart it reveals.
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