“The music today is more melodic. I love melodies. They stick in the mind better …”
Check out the interview with Rafiki exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Rafiki: I’ve been trying to get in early. I have one track I made when I was 13, but I was only writing lyrics to beats and sometimes just honing on writing the hardest bars because that’s what I was around. I always liked different music then the people I hung around and I was told I was weird, different from before I even knew I was gonna embrace my interest into who I am today.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Stay consistent, always experiment, run it yourself, you can do this, don’t let nobody say your too dumb to know what you’re doing; you got this.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
The hardest would be running my music by myself because I just feel no one attempts to reach out to me and I was never one to talk much. Running my music alone is actually easy. For some it may be too much, but we’re not playing around; we got a life to live.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Well, there are different ways. You can advertise with local businesses, or you can advertise online through paid advertising (recommended) which you can use to boost your own publicity online; just do it wisely.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
Kansas City is a small city. The artists here, the majority of them make music speaking about industry clichés and the lyrics are very plain. There are a few who actually are making a name for themselves. The fans, I don’t know. I can’t make it to any shows yet, my first concert is gonna be my own; and then I can tell you.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
A year from today I plan to already have 5 collections out because I work fast, but most likely joining the Texas music scene. I make pop music, but I love all types of music so it makes my music even more outlandish.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
I say everyone who has ever had consecutive hits and some legends, (not all) current and past.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
The music today is more melodic. I love melodies. They stick in the mind better, so people that make melodic music today have a better chance at getting their music liked.
Where can we contact you and find you online?
Facebook: Rafiki 666
Twitter: Rafiki %666