“Keeping your mind open and in-tune is important because once that inspiration does hit you, in whatever form it may come, you have to recognize it and give it form.”
Check out the interview with PATx exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
PATx: I was forced to be on the church choir as a kid. I used to hate having to lead songs. I slowly ventured out and started playing the keyboard and organ by ear and ultimately playing on Sundays instead of being in the choir. I was given outdated music software and learned how to produce. A couple years past and I was producing for local artists and my friends. After about a year or two of that, I started producing for myself and writing my own lyrics.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
Word of mouth is very effective. Talking to people about your music really makes an impact on retention. Social media is big also. I try to keep things somewhat interpersonal when reaching out to potential fans, avoiding spamming or generic messages. It’s also important to let them know it’s not a one-way street; I care about your interests and ambitions as well.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I love performing and showcasing our work. I want to travel and showcase the music, as well as film. I want to keep our movement as authentic as possible and make sure that the love and art form are the focus and that the monetary and benefits are simply additional. Ultimately, I want this to be my day-job.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
The over-saturation of the hip hop genre in particular has gotten to the point where if you say you rap or have a project out, it doesn’t hold much weight. This is a very competitive market, one where the size of a fan base is what’s really going to carry you. Getting the base needed to make noise is definitely the most difficult thing I face right now.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
Our city is pretty quiet. There’s not much of a music scene at all which is disappointing because there’s so much talent here. We artists stumble across each other through either coincidence or because we’re all present at the few showcases available. Overall, living here is definitely relaxed and small-time.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Definitely have a plan of action. Have your overall goal, but set a lot of small and medium goals on the way. Collaborate. A lot of aspiring artists get stuck in their own lane and are resilient to other artists in the same boat. Create together. Lastly, understand both the art and the business.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
When someone sends me a message letting me know how much one of my songs meant for them. To know I hit the nail on the head. I don’t make music just for me, I always try to keep in mind that things I say can resonate to people differently.
What is your inspiration?
I find inspiration in everything. I’m very spiritual and a deep-thinker, so I’m able to view things differently. Keeping your mind open and in-tune is important because once that inspiration does hit you, in whatever form it may come, you have to recognize it and give it form.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
I believe positive intentions can carry you a long way. Although it’s very difficult to be successful in today’s world, especially in music, I want to believe that if you are genuine and positive and have grit you will succeed. That’s for anything. Perseverance is a great attribute.