“It feels like several of the artists have the same atmosphere in their music. I haven’t heard all the artists from the city, there are probably so many to pick and choose from but that’s what I personally have taken from what’s been marketed the most.”

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

Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Patrik: I started writing music at the age of 8/9, but I decide to make it a career around 2012. I spent most of my time freestyling with friends and was encouraged by peers to take it further.

It’s been a process. A very beautiful one. I’ve had the opportunity to get a lot of life lessons out of it, to grow as an artist, do shows as well as build a brand (X10) through my music. There’s obviously been ups and downs, but I’m thankful for every little experience God has dropped along the way. There’s still a ways to go.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Trust the process/have faith. Never compare yourself. Believe in yourself and be yourself. Surround yourself with positive hard working individuals. Appreciate the ups and the downs. Focus on bringing a message to the table, don’t just saturate the market with pointless statements/material. Try to motivate, innovate, and change the game – better yet the world.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
The hardest challenges I’ve encountered so far are finding the time to shoot videos while being in school and finding new outlets to expose the music as well as the X10 brand.

I don’t think there are any hard tasks to be honest. I enjoy writing music, creating/developing ideas, brainstorming on how to build the brand, getting advice from the team, and just being aware that I’m experiencing all these things. I’m sure there will be some hard tasks to come, but so far God kept me cool.

We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Through peers, yourself, a brand or movement if you have one, and of course the cliché “all social media networks.” I think the more people are familiar with you or something that is correlated to you makes it easier. Being creative is important. You can be someone who isn’t necessarily popular in the social network sphere but be so different that it forces people to be intrigued.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
Toronto is a huge market for music. There’s a lot of young guys on the come up and obviously the world is familiar with it because of Drake’s push for admirers to observe our city as a new market for music.

It feels like several of the artists have the same atmosphere in their music. I haven’t heard all the artists from the city, there are probably so many to pick and choose from but that’s what I personally have taken from what’s been marketed the most.

The fans are pretty honest, if they like what they hear they’ll vibe to it until they die; if they don’t, they’ll express it.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
Only Jesus knows. I could die tomorrow.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My cousin BB, Lupe Fiasco, Wiz Khalifa, Eminem, Kid Ink, and Warren G. I don’t really look up to anyone anymore. I do however admire Lex Leosis, NTK, J. Cole, Kendrick, Martin $ky, Migos, Gucci Mane, and other artists I respect.

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I’m not a huge fan. I feel like top 40 music is extremely repetitive but it doesn’t mean it’s not good. Then there’s the over saturation of trap music; everybody thinks they can make trap music but some of these individuals don’t necessarily understand its origin.

That doesn’t mean it isn’t good. I stay bumpin’ for the most part. I’m just someone who focuses on lyrics more than anything. If you’re saying real ‘ish’ I’m an admirer. I like to relate and be motivated. I don’t just want to jump up and down for the whole day you know?

I’d like for r&b to come back. Somebody please bring it back.

Where can we contact you and find you online?
YouTube: @thehoodhop
Instagram: @x10pk
Twitter: @x10pk
Facebook/x10pk

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