“With the internet everything moves so fast, you see one thing and it’s on to the next. You always have to be on top of what you’re doing and when the spotlight is on you, take advantage of it because it seems easy to be forgotten.”
Check out the interview with Queen LEFT exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Queen LEFT: I consider myself still at the beginning of my journey. I came in contact with my current manager, Charles Kendrick, through a friend who he was managing at the time. He’s been helping me all along. When I was 15 I began my music career, but took a break to finish my senior year in school. Last year when I became 100% focused we came back together and got the ball rolling.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
Some of the creative ways I’ve decided to promote my music’s by making YouTube videos, making raps about various/relatable topics, writing poetry and adding music to them, and sometimes going live while I’m recording my music – an idea from my producer Ghostwridah.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
As of now the greatest challenge is to stay consistent. With the internet everything moves so fast, you see one thing and it’s on to the next. You always have to be on top of what you’re doing and when the spotlight is on you, take advantage of it because it seems easy to be forgotten.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
The spark in the ROC is slowly beginning to flame. I’m excited for it. I want to help make our music scene grow. My city’s extremely talented. Now it seems like we all are on our grind and the support is nothing but Love. People are willing to work together and spread nothing but positive vibrations.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
If artists take more control over their careers I feel it would be fine. I feel as of now it’s pretty steady since people are starting to see the bigger picture. A way artists can be more a part of it is by taking control of their own career, learn about every part the business, and get more involved with the other layers of the industry.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Never put limits on yourself, listen but never doubt or underestimate your ideas. Share your ideas never give up. Failures will come, but learn from them. Stay positive and patient.
What inspires you to write your next song?
I’d say mostly issues going on around the world, people’s experiences, my black experiences, my life experiences, nature, listening to other artist’s music, just everything. Love, pain, joy, frustration, failures, success, hate, things I have a passion for, and I have a passion for a lot of things so my inspiration comes from everywhere.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
I try not to force myself into writing music, but if something comes to me I try to start off with a hook then usually that sets as the theme of the song and then usually words start to flow. If not I write down words or lines that relate to the topic of the hook.
What do you think makes a great song?
A combination of things. Something meaningful yet easy to digest. Something knowledgeable and thought provoking. Something people can relate to. Emotion, time, energy, passion, substance.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Official website: missqueenleft.wix.com/queenleftmusic