“Another thing, if you’re an everyday working man like me then you know finances can be hard too. Just make the smartest decision and the right sacrifices with your money.”

Check out the interview with Phil Simple exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Phil Simple:
This all began when I was in the 6th grade and I started to write music. I started recording music in the 9th grade and also learned how to play the bass guitar. Right now I am a local artist from Fayetteville, NC on the rise to be the next from the city.

What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
The best is Instagram. With Instagram you got to stay consistent and you got to know what to tag. The right hashtag could get you 50 likes and surely gain you attention and followers.

What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
An icon. I want to change the norm while at the same time have fun. There’s more that I want, but I’ll just keep them to myself for my personal motivation. Can’t let y’all have everything.

What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
Don’t let peoples’ talking game fool you. Come up with your goal and stick with it. Everybody has a different path in life so embrace yours and excel at it. Another thing, if you’re an everyday working man like me then you know finances can be hard too. Just make the smartest decision and the right sacrifices with your money.

What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
Fayetteville, NC is rough because for the younger people you can’t really have fun without it ending in violence and chasing dreams is really hard to do here. The music scene’s rising, but there’s a glass ceiling that’s there and it’s going to take unity to break it.

What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Stay consistent. Don’t rush your quality because you’re a brand; stay consistent.

What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
Fan appreciation always! Just to know that people are still listening to lyrics and messages makes me feel good.

What is your inspiration?
My mom first and foremost. I always thought that we could have better so I want to go get it. Another is that personal goal that I said I was going to keep to myself.

Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Yes, there’s success all around you. You just got to know how to tap it.

Where can we find you on social media?
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/MrNCBoy1
Facebook: Phil Simple
Twitter: @PhilSimple
Instagram: philsimple_msmg