“I have noticed a lot of people are starting to support the local and indie scenes more and more.”

Check out the interview with Ragnarock exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.­­­­

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
When I first started listening to music, like really listening to it, I was listening to a lot of Indie hip hop like Strange Music, Immortal Technique, and Hopsin. Even though I don’t listen to them much anymore, it just really made me feel I could do it too one day.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
This is a department I’ve been sorely lacking in to be honest, but I do have plans for flyers with aesthetic designs and QR codes. I have been working with a friend of mine who is pretty good with graphic design, so I can plaster my town with them. I am also looking to make lighters with logos/lyrics.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
The greatest challenge I face is just getting my stuff out there honestly. Any attention that I’ve gotten has been either from me submitting my music, people that have heard me live from the few shows I’ve rocked, and then of course word of mouth.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
The music scene in my home town is pretty low key in terms of hip hop. I live in South Bend, IN and the police departments don’t take too kindly to hip hop shows due to some of them getting out of hand on occasion. What really thrives here is metal/rock, so it’s kind of hard when rap shows come only every 4 or 5 months.

Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
I honestly am not sure what it will be like in the future. I have noticed a lot of people are starting to support the local and indie scenes more and more. I feel artists could be more a part of it by just being active in their communities.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Keep working. Rewrite or simply take the time for what you’re doing. Make sure it’s all tight and that it achieves what you’re trying to say. Never stop trying to get better because there is always something new and some room for improvement to better yourself as a writer, musician, singer, or whatever medium you find yourself working through.

What inspires you to write your next song?
This is a very broad question because inspiration comes from almost anything and everything. I like watching the environment around me, and of course other music artists can be very inspirational. I think I find a lot of my inspiration also from movies and books.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
This depends on the song. Now that I’ve been learning to produce it usually starts with a sample I hear, a melody that’s been stuck in my head, or one that just comes from hitting keys on my keyboard/midi controller. If it’s over another producers instrumentals it starts with meditating on the beat until the story I hear becomes a concept in my mind.

What do you think makes a great song?
This varies song to song. I would say originality is the most important thing, but I’m not quite sure if it is. I think the best music is in the moment, that elusive feeling when the lyrics reverberate right through to your bones. But great isn’t a definitive term because what’s dope to me might not be dope to you and vice versa.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Bandcamp: www.therealragnarock.bandcamp.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheRealRagnarock
Twitter: www.twitter.com/RealRagnarock