“I had created a hole in my soul that was only able to be filled by Jesus. As a saved man and follower of Christ, I got my first music contract putting me on my way to Oklahoma.”
Check out the interview with Phantum Soulja exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Phantum Soulja: I was able to start my journey because I have a natural talent with the ability to rap. All this began when I was around 9-10 years old then progressed from there on through high school where my love for poetry really blossomed as did the storywriting. Eventually I teamed up with another rap artist and formed the rap group known as 540 Souljaz.
We hit the streets hard spreading our music building our image. From there my lifestyle was way too into girls and hustling, but all that changed when I realized how unfulfilled I was with all this. I had created a hole in my soul that was only able to be filled by Jesus. As a saved man and follower of Christ, I got my first music contract putting me on my way to Oklahoma. This was the breakout into the business.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
Right now I’m mainly on Facebook doing different things like posting pictures and links. I love footing it around town placing flyers when it’s a little warmer. Word of mouth is the greatest way I have found to spread the music, but I’m always looking for new ideas and praying for the next eye-opener.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
I believe, to me, the greatest challenge is not having a team. As of right now it is just me pushing myself. I’m signed to Tate Music Group out of Mustang, Oklahoma and they do a great job. I do get a great deal of exposure through Spotify, iTunes, and Google. I’m mostly able to overcome all these obstacles by way of the Lord who provides me with the spotlight in front of the right people like yourselves.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
To say the least, it’s the same as anywhere else right now. Everyone thinks it’s for them and they want to be the next big rapper because of the lies and glorification of these selfish lifestyles. There is definitely a lot of unnoticed talent in my area. Too many people are competing instead of teaming up together to make a difference.
The thing I like most is that hardly anyone is doing what I am pushing which is Jesus Muzik. I don’t like it at the same time because it leaves no room for growth. Either way, God’s will will be done and that is what we should strive towards.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
Pretty soon everything will be mostly live feed I believe. As much as I love listening to recorded music, most people want live stuff nowadays; from concerts to shows to interviews to everyday life of the artist. There will always be the want for video because some of us will need to catch up as we are being recorded ourselves. The way artists can be a part of it is by just recording as much of their lives for their fans as possible from family time to concerts to just having a good time out and about.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
First and foremost, keep god first, you’ll never be second. And stay true. Those are the main things in anything you do because if you’re not true to him and you, then it’s hard to be true to anyone. Also be the cloud in the sky. What I mean by that is this that nobody really notices a clear sky, but when the clouds roll in everyone notices and wonders if it is going to rain. Remember to be the clouds that make a ripple in the ocean.
What inspires you to write your next song?
Jesus. And the people I meet on a daily basis. I’m not of this world, but I am so connected to the spirit realm that I feel so much of the energy coming from it. All the feelings of joy but of sadness too. It’s really hard for me to explain this one as it just hits me, but I can say pain is a big trigger for inspiration. Hope and faith are the biggest too.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
Me personally, I just write whatever comes to mind. Most of the time it just comes out and I have to structure it later into song format with a hook and all, although that is not how it goes every time. Sometimes I may come up with a good hook from a sound and message I heard. There really is no set steps. I just write lyrics to make the music and it turns out like it does. You may catch me writing to a beat or just writing as it comes to me acapella.
What do you think makes a great song?
Feeling. Putting your all into it. Heart and soul. If the person listening is not able to be pulled into your emotional state when listening then my friend I am sorry to tell you that this is not a great song. It’s a story to be told, not just a list of things you have or did. It is an experience, a journey, a relation that others can put their self into like walking a mile in your shoes or that you have theirs.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Tate Music Group: www.tatemusicgroup.com/epk/artist/32878
Rude Boy: www.rudeboymag.com/phantum-soulja