“Too often popular artists have the same music repetitively on air and people become used to hearing them. People who may either have different styles have tougher times to break in because people may be so used to one style that when they hear something different, they won’t give it the time of day no matter how talented the musicians may be.”

Check out the interview with Party of 5IVE exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Party of 5IVE: It’s all a simple story, we never made an effort to be a group. We just all started recording in the same studio and were anxious to release our music. Orlando was recording with Jonny and Flee Jones, Stacy was just Jonny’s ride but he had some work he wanted to lay out. Once we realized we were doing more with each other, we just decided to put out our first project. After that we started shooting videos and becoming more involved with each other.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
We use the traditional. Facebook, Soundcloud, YouTube, and other social media. We are trying to gain sponsors through our work to promote our music and also using highlight videos. It isn’t that easy finding the proper channels. We’ve had a few articles written about us and we also use those channels to try to expand our fan base.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
The greatest challenge for us is definitely finding that outlet. People who haven’t heard our music always enjoy it to a different extent. The only thing we really have to find is that channel to find new fans and expand through them.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
We come from a bunch of different hometowns, it’s a tough question to simply ride upon. My hometown doesn’t really have a music scene. One of my goals is to build a better music scene so that it not only will affect us in music support but all those in this city to have a new outlet.

Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
The future of music is always making changes, some we feel are for the worse but some are for the better. The thing about working in music is that you see a lot of great talent going unnoticed like our group. I feel like it isn’t the artists’ fault for being a part of it but the industry.

Too often popular artists have the same music repetitively on air and people become used to hearing them. People who may either have different styles have tougher times to break in because people may be so used to one style that when they hear something different, they won’t give it the time of day no matter how talented the musicians may be.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Keep making music and don’t stop. Most importantly, find yourself in music. Don’t try to be like everyone who is already on, create your own fan base and be happy with what you make because if it is what you do you will be the best at it. Do what makes you and your fans happy. The critics will always be there and there is no need to satisfy them because when you do there will be critics from another area.

What inspires you to write your next song?
Anything and everything. Life is an everyday thing and I like to emphasize that in my work. I write about what goes on around me. As a group nothing is held back from what we write, we don’t interfere with each other’s work as long as the concept is still underlying which is what brings a new flavor to each song we write.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
There are always new ways to make songs. Sometimes we write first, sometimes the melody comes to us. But all in all, we are perfectionists so the steps to making a song aren’t really the important key factors. We believe it’s what you make of it and how you finish it.

What do you think makes a great song?
Originality. Nothing impresses us more than that. You can have the lamest flow, but as long as you are saying something we will listen. Not to put in retrospect that having a lame flow is something good, we always work with different artists and give advice on how to better their work while keeping their own style.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
YouTube: bit.ly/1PKO8uT
Twitter: @party_of_5ive
Instagram: @partyof5iveofficial
Facebook: @partyof5ive
Soundcloud: @partyof5ive

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