“Most times music effects people in so many ways, and when they hear me I want them to know these raps come from truth.”
Check out the interview with Pocket Ladray exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Pocket Ladray: This started with a guy who I met at the school bus stop in 9th grade. I was invited to come freestyle rap on his computer by my little brother and his best friend Hyron (Hyro Da hero). The guy at the bus stop ended up being my best friend Jdotcdoublee and producer. We’ve came along way, freestyllng on the computer mic over instrumentals from Kazaa was the start.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I would say going into random girls inboxes, chatting them up, and the after we hit off I kinda slide in a link to my music. Promoting music is like going to the gym. Everybody does it and posts about it even if they don’t take it serious.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
Challenges are the same as they’ve always been. I may have 25K followers on Instagram and 5K on Facebook, but what’s going to make them click on my music or my link when there’s an infinite amount of people doing the same thing?
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
The music scene in Texas is dope. There’s a vast amount of dope artists from Dallas to Austin to San Antonio to Houston. Houston’s music scene is awesome from an artist’s stand point. What we don’t have is major outlets and we pride ourselves on being hometown heroes.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
Streaming will be the new wave and already is. CDs are done and your car is streaming music strictly from your devices. It’s going to be rough on artists who have no clue about the streaming game or lack the funds to get their music uploaded to digitial streaming outlets.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
I feel like success is when you’re happy and comfortable with your performance. Make the music that you want to make and if it’s real and it means something to anyone they’ll love you for it no matter what.
What inspires you to write your next song?
The feeling that the beat gives me and hopefully I have an honest story or situation to tell. If I don’t have anything true or honest to say on a beat I’m not going to use it. Most times music effects people in so many ways, and when they hear me I want them to know these raps come from truth.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
If I don’t get a couple lines in my head when I hear a beat 97% of the time I’m not making a song. I hardly ever go with pre-written raps and throw them on a beat. If I’m rapping on a beat I know those lyrics were born for it. I think there’s a big difference between me and others I have no memorized pre-written material.
What do you think makes a great song?
The feeling you get when you hear it. If we’re talking great songs vs good ones “Panda” is a good song but 2pac’s “Keep Your Head Up” or “Dear Mamma” are great songs. In ten year when you hear “Panda” what are going to feel? If I play “Dear Mamma” and you just might tear up.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Facebook: Pocket Ladray