“I usually take at least 30 minutes to myself every day and just block everything, close my eyes, relax and clear my thoughts.”

Check out the interview with Hot-one Hydro Studios exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.­­­­

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Hot-one Hydro Studios:
It all started at a young age, about 7 years old. The first album I listened to was 2pacalypse. My older sister would play the cassette tape constantly so the production stuck to my head. Around that time we were living in a poor area, the west side of Buffalo, NY. My mom fell into a depression state of mind so I knew then I would have to build and make something out of it. With all that stress I started expressing my thoughts and writing rhymes.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
The internet, social media, open mics, performances, physically being out there and showing appearances everywhere there was a hip hop music event going on. You have to show face and meet people. It’s not only what you know but who you know. That’s how you get ahead in this industry.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
The amount of time you really have to spend on this music and business perfecting your craft, image, and presentation. Managing your time/sleep is really tough but important. I usually take at least 30 minutes to myself every day and just block everything, close my eyes, relax and clear my thoughts.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
It’s rough. There is always tough criticism, no love unless you’re someone major. What I mean by that is they really don’t support the underground scene down here. What I love is that you can build motivation off that and prove them wrong. What I don’t like is most times the city shows a lack of support, but the hell with it; that’s part of the game.

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 will always have its own lane no matter what genre, it will always be a part of everybody’s life. Artists will always build around that. All they have to do is keep creating and please the fans.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Just to remember all they gotta do is be real with themselves and never give up. Also don’t be lazy. It gets you nowhere. You gotta put 100%, no less. Keep the passion alive.

What inspires you to write your next song?
Family, real life events, news, drama, reading books, watching movies, etc. Anything that pops up or happens I will analyze and get creative. That’s the passion the drives me till this day. I feel I was born with music in my blood.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
I get cold water in a cup, boil it ,put honey and a lime, get a pen and pad, hear the track for about 10 mins, set a timer for 30 min, come up with a chorus/bridge depending on the subject. I go with it and execute my mission.

What do you think makes a great song?
The feeling, the passion, and the work they put into the record. Definitely zoning out and having a clear mind.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/jimmy-thomas-5
Facebook: www.facebook.com/hydrostudios
Twitter: www.twitter.com/hydrostudios611
Instagram: www.instagram.com/hydrostudios611