“Also originality, the market is saturated that it’s hard to tell who’s who. The new artists sound like the latest hottest artist. We all can do what we want to do, but I just like it when each artist has its own identity or signature.”
Check out the interview with PB HASSAN exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
PB HASSAN: I’m originally from Camden, New Jersey. I fell in love with hip hop at an early age and began writing rhymes, spitting in cyphers, and honing my craft nonstop. I later moved to Los Angeles, CA to pursue a career in music being that it was an entertainment mecca. After countless demos being made, my skills were up to par to where I was networking heavily to bump into and work with professionals in the business such as Dr. Dre, AMG, DJ Quik, Christopher Williams, Shaunta, Mokensteph, Howie Tee, and many more. I also featured on many soundtracks such House Party 3, Half Past Dead, and Deuce Biggalo Male Giggalo. I also toured.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
I believe social media is very effective. Networking (shaking hands and kissing babies), doing features, performing, building your fans base, and definitely investing in yourself.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
To be a renaissance man and extend my brand. Also to share great music with the world and to shift and move the culture forward.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
I would say the business of music, but it is called the music business. Also originality, the market is saturated that it’s hard to tell who’s who. The new artists sound like the latest hottest artist. We all can do what we want to do, but I just like it when each artist has its own identity or signature.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
Los Angeles is cool. Everybody’s on their paper chase like anywhere else. I love the weather, mountains, and the diversity. The music scene is cool, cats out here are winning Grammys for their hip hop music. I feel it’s a good place to express yourself as an artist.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Know who you are. Ask yourself, “Why am I doing this?” Be true to yourself and your craft and stay committed and go hard and invest in yourself because the DIY method is mandatory.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
Dr. Dre calling me “spitmaster” and leaving the country for a tour performing and rocking for strangers and them feeling me.
What is your inspiration?
Life experiences, my kid, up and coming artists and producers in the game. Also, new sounds and fans repeating my song word for word or them spazzing out from a song I created.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Yes, I believe you can be successful in anything you put your mind to if you’re willing to put in the work and dedication. To me, music is the springboard to your brand.