“Our biggest piece of advice to younger kids would be wear very tough skin and be able to take criticism easily.”
Check out the interview with Prolifikz exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Prolifikz: It all started not too long ago when we, BenjYB (24) and State of Mind (18), out of Lakeland, FL, decided to become a Prolifikz in November 2015. We were two solo artists who loved music who had been trying to find our way. We made our first song together and pretty much instantly knew we wanted to be a group. We love to challenge each other to make each other better with every verse. It’s almost like were competing with each other sometimes.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Our biggest piece of advice to younger kids would be wear very tough skin and be able to take criticism easily. Most importantly, to just follow your dreams no matter what. Another thing would be patience; nothing comes overnight and nothing is free.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Getting our music heard by the right people and getting shows in the volume we would like. Another big challenge is since there is two of us colliding two styles into one, it sometimes can be tough. I wouldn’t say this is exactly a challenge, but a task is staying true to yourself while keeping up with the times to stay relevant with your music.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
What we have done so far to promote our music is we used the internet as a tool, anyone willing to listen we have sent something out to. Being persistent. We have had a street team hand out free mixtapes to random people on the street, DJs, club owners, and anyone who will take one.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
We love our city. There’s a great bunch of local artists from the area that we do work with as well. We love the fans. They drive the distance if we need them to, they have shown us a good deal of love so far in our journey and we hope to reach more fans. It’s not a huge city but we are close to Orlando, FL where BenjYB was born.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
We see ourselves a year from today doing what we’re doing now, just hopefully with a bigger audience. We work constantly and our focus is music. In a year we will have another EP coming out, as well as a mixtape with the independent group Conjure Music we’ve partnered with.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
Family and friends are our inspirations as well as ourselves. Music itself is a big one; since we were kids we never listened to one type of music, it was always multiple genres. When people tried to tell us we shouldn’t/couldn’t make music our close friends and family were right there to help pick us up and keep going forward with achieving our goal.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
Yes we do. There’s a lot of really good artists coming out now. We really respect anyone that takes this music seriously like we do. The underground scene has a lot of really amazing artists we listen to.
Where can we contact you and find you online?