“I found out the hard way that most people won’t usually buy music from an artist they don’t know until people talk about it. For that you must have patience.”
Check out the interview with Rachaurd The Writer exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Rachaurd The Writer: My journey started back in ’05. I had enlisted in the army. While in the army I would send poems home. When I got discharged my cousin Ronnie Young Jr. (Blame Ronnie) helped me convert one of my poems into song format. From that moment I was hooked to the feeling of writing songs and all things music.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
My biggest piece of advice I would give young kids trying to do what I do is to keep God first, never give up, always stay true to yourself, keep working on your craft, and keep finding ways to improve. Also network.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Some of the hardest challenges I go through as an artist is getting my music heard on a bigger platform. As a writer getting my first placement I was told is one of the hardest tasks.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
The internet is a very useful tool. What I like to do is put out free music and let word of mouth do its job. I found out the hard way that most people won’t usually buy music from an artist they don’t know until people talk about it. For that you must have patience.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I am from Rochester, NY which is a pretty small city. My city is full of great talent. I have worked with many of the artists here whether it’s collaborating on a song, referencing songs, writing sessions, and/or performing at events. I have a pretty solid support system and I receive positive feedback when it comes to my music.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
A year from today I fully expect to have at least one major placement. I see myself continuing to grow to my fullest potential as an artist and a writer.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
The people I look up to the most and my inspirations to do what I do is Ne-Yo, Omarion, and Eric Bellinger.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I feel like most of today’s music isn’t real music. There is no substance or meaning to it like it used to be. I’m a songwriter so I pay attention to lyrics and melody first and then everything else. Don’t get me wrong, there are a few songs I like because the beat is crazy and the hook is catchy. I just can’t get into today’s music like that.