“Artists can be a part of this by remaining true to their craft. Music can’t evolve if everyone sounds the same, it has to be original in order to grow from the artist to the producers.”

Check out the interview with Paul Bearer exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Paul Bearer:
I started out listening to songs from Cash Money Records. I would write down all the lyrics and rap them line for line. I eventually started creating my own rhymes through freestyling to writing official songs.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
Social media, hitting open mics and showcases, being personal with the fans, and asking for feedback.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
I would have to say the greatest challenge that I face is trying to wear all the “hats.” Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with running and managing it all. In the end the music is what counts and eventually you need a team so that you can focus 100% on creating great products for the fans.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
I live in the Bronx and everybody raps. There’s no other place like New York in the world when it comes to hip hop. I love the competition, it keeps you on your toes. I’m just a little upset that we as artists don’t stick together like some artists from other states.

Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
I feel like music is always going to evolve and push the culture to new heights. Artists can be a part of this by remaining true to their craft. Music can’t evolve if everyone sounds the same, it has to be original in order to grow from the artist to the producers.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Stay humble. Continue to shake hands, everyone will get their turn. Always invest in yourself 100% and never give up.

What inspires you to write your next song?
Always being one hit away, but in all actuality life inspires me. My everyday realities, surroundings, and a dope beat.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
All I need is about 3 seconds from the start of the track and I go from there. Usually if it’s meant to write to that it will hit me instantly. If not I might write a few bars to it and come back if I haven’t lost complete interest in it.

What do you think makes a great song?
I think substance is always key. People want to go on a ride in their mind when they listen to music whether to reminisce, get their mind off something, etc.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Facebook: www.facebook.com/realpaulbearer
Twitter: www.twitter.com/p_bearer
Instagram: www.instagram.com/paul_bearer
Bandcamp: www.paulbearer.bandcamp.com
Reverbnation: www.reverbnation/paulbearer