“I like the state of music right now, it’s slowly starting to feel like the 90’s again. When I say “like the 90’s” I mean there’s a lot more diversity, originality, and artists are coming from a place of uniqueness.”

Check out the interview with Pook Dougz exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Pook Dougz:
I started writing as a youth to vent. I decided that what I wrote could become great music. I started rapping when I attended college for fun and landed my first gig. I never got the chance to finish my pursuit of my degree, but I got more and more opportunities to share my music and it became a main focus of mine.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I would freestyle a song, verse, or hook I wrote and share it on social media.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
Getting your music out for the right people to hear. As an independent artist it’s a challenge to grind, to support your dream. Everything costs something.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
We never really had a real music scene in my home town for rap, hip hop, or r&b. Most venues have a demand for bluegrass, classic rock, and country. A big dislike about the music scene is that there’s not a lot of diversity and opportunities for artists like myself to display talent or share music.

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 like the state of music right now, it’s slowly starting to feel like the 90’s again. When I say “like the 90’s” I mean there’s a lot more diversity, originality, and artists are coming from a place of uniqueness.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Nobody has to want your voice to be heard more than you do. Stay hungry, focused, and network.

What inspires you to write your next song?
How I feel at the time. My music is a reflection of my thoughts. I use my pen as a paint brush and my words as paint to capture the energy of that particular moment. The beats have a lot to play with what I come up with. I can have writer’s block but when I hear the right beat I can make magic.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
I write the best in the morning. First I figure out how I feel at that moment. I find a beat to match that mood. I play it over and over. I’ll write a little bit and play it back and repeat until I have a finish song.

What do you think makes a great song?
I think realness creates a great song. Knowing there’s always someone in the world that can relate to your views, your emotions, and your story. Just keep it real with yourself.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Official website: www.Rsscgthemovement.com
Twitter: @PookDougzDaPrin
Facebook: Pook Dougz