“Musically, there are so many amazing artists; it is awesome getting to connect with so many talented people who have the same vision as I do.”
Check out the interview with Prodigy exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Prodigy: I started writing songs about 4 years ago. I was hearing a lot of songs on the radio that I wasn’t liking that much. I just thought that I would give making music a try. A few months into writing, I received an opportunity to record at my friend’s studio in his house. From then on, I just kept writing and seeking feedback on how to get better.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
Currently I post my music on Soundcloud and I share the page on my Facebook and Twitter as well. I would like to get more listens and views, so I expand my network on those social media sites. As far as tips go, I would say to not be afraid to reach out to other artists for feedback whether it be positive or constructive criticism.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
Ultimately I would like to sign to a label whether major or independent. I would like to get paid for features, to travel, to perform songs, and to gain a little celebrity. Mainly, just to continue to have fun making music and hearing peoples’ thoughts on how my music impacts them.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
I think that the hardest thing about the music business is finding the originality and staying with it. So many people want to be big stars, but by copying what’s popular. It is hard keeping consistent with my personality while having a growing audience in a culture of just going with what is liked by everyone.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
I live in Atlanta, GA. Atlanta is the hub for hip hop music, so the music scene is constantly growing. You may walk in the mall and see a celebrity any time. I love living in Atlanta because of that reason. Musically, there are so many amazing artists; it is awesome getting to connect with so many talented people who have the same vision as I do.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
I would say to continue to make music you enjoy. Even if nobody else likes your music, you have something to listen to. I would also say find a group of people who you can trust with your music who will give you honest feedback to help you grow. Also, continue to find inspiration and stay original.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
I would say so far the best thing is having some of the artists I look up to say that I have a dope sound and to keep pursuing my dreams and goals. That, and being asked and paid to do features on songs for other artists.
What is your inspiration?
I find inspiration in almost everything. From taking road trips with friends, to just seeing the sunset on a tall building in the city. I love being out in the open to help build inspiration.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
I believe so. It’s crazy how nowadays you don’t have to go to a huge studio to make music. That’s me personally. Sometimes I do go to the studio, but I have my own quick set up in my room. As long as you stay true to yourself and just love the art, you can be successful.