“Artists need to realize that people aren’t handing out freebies and that you are going to have to invest in yourself.”

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

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
I would have to say that my start in the industry was when I dropped my first EP, Procrastination: The EP, in 2013. I had not dropped anything in years and when I release this, it came with a huge amounts of opportunities and opened many doors for me like going on a 3 month tour in Atlanta.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
This year I am going to put out visuals for records I haven’t released yet, get back to touring and shows, and as an added bonus have merchandise available for purchase with my logo which is Orzo flipped over to look like a man on top of the world.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
The biggest challenge I face is lack of exposure. Not for lack of trying or networking, but it is not as much as it should be. Those that know my music know how great it is, so I owe it to them to look for more avenues to put my music on and increase brand awareness. Also open to investors, sponsors, and management for help.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
There is a huge music scene in New York City. There is always tons of showcases and independent artist shows going on. I like that there is a community of artists that get their recognition and enough platforms for artists to get on to perfect their craft and stage presence.

Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
Honestly, I do not know what the fuck is going on now. I can’t say what the future holds, but I do think lyrics count and there is a huge market for artists like myself and it is only going to get bigger as long as artists continue to be original and creative.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Artists need to realize that people aren’t handing out freebies and that you are going to have to invest in yourself. You gotta also know where you want and don’t want your brand to be. Yes, all exposure is good but only if it makes you seem relatable or a fucking musical god.

What inspires you to write your next song?
3 things usually that excite me to write or get in the booth are: (1) I hear a crazy new beat from one of my producers; (2) When I hear some really whack fuckin songs on radio, it gets me super competitive to eat some rappers; (3) Getting inspired by new songs that pushes the level of lyricism and creativity to new heights.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
I usually have to find a beat first or a sample beat that has a crazy flow. Then depending on the intricacies of the flow and lyrics, it could take me a week or a month to write a whole song. I am a perfectionist when it comes to writing and recording every song.

What do you think makes a great song?
Many things make a song great, but the songs I consider to be great always offer me a new experience every time I listen to it or give me the same experience every time.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/officialorzo
Facebook: www.facebook.com/orzomusic
Twitter: @orzoorzo
Instagram: @orzoorzo