“The advice I want to give is just to keep pushing. We all reach those days where we feel stuck, and those times when things are not working out. But as upcoming artist, I think we’ve got to continue to pray and keep working on our craft, in due time the hard work will pay off..”
Check out the interview with Ernest Peso exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
SKILLY: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Ernest: I would say it all started when I was 12 years old. I used to freestyle around the way with my homeboys. But one day I was punished and was bored in the room, so I decided to write a freestyle that actually turned out to be good for a 12 year old lol. I always continued to write raps throughout middle and high school, but once I turned 18, I said to myself “I shouldn’t hide this talent that God Gave me.” So I started recording and releasing music.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I wouldn’t say I have any major creative ways, I just utilize the internet with my social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Also, I go out to different events, malls and places to sell my mixtapes and talk to people in person just to vibe with everyone. I let them know what type of person and arist I am. The internet is great, but I feel you have to talk to people and potential fans in person, to get a better vibe.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
The trends. Simply people are afraid to accept something different and positive. The way I overcome this challenge is just by being myself at all times, not allowing a trend to determine the way I make my music or carry myself as an artist and individual.
What inspires you to write your next song?
There are a few elements that inspire me to write my next record. It would be ultimately the way I’m feeling at that moment. You can hear my feelings through my lyrics and in my songs. You would be able to tell if I’m happy, sad, angry or just simply feeling all emotions. Also, events from my past experiences in life; I tell a lot of stories in my songs that has happened to me, my family or my friends. The last element that inspires me would be current events in the world, I always love to touch key points of things that affect the people.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
There aren’t any specific steps I have to make a song. I usually vibe to the instrumental for minutes, hours and sometimes days just to see what feelings and thoughts I get from the beat. Then I just put my feelings and experiences on paper and allow it to flow out freely. It all ends up being some good music when completed.
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 hometown is actually on a up rise. We have a few artist with plenty of buzz back in Baltimore. It seems like the people back home is supporting. It’s better then it was in previous years. I look forward to the way the music scene will turn out for artists like myself back home. The only thing I don’t like about the music scene back home is originality. A few artist need to embrace our culture and not try to sound like industry artists. Just be themselves. Overall, the Baltimore music scene is becoming great, and I believe the city will thrive in this industry soon.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
There’s no telling where the future of music is going to be. I believe it’s getting better and better every year. Artists can be a part of it by just continuing to create good music, and being competitive when doing features with others. Overall just bringing fun and unity back into music.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
The advice I want to give is just to keep pushing. We all reach those days where we feel stuck, and those times when things are not working out. But as upcoming artist, I think we’ve got to continue to pray and keep working on our craft, in due time the hard work will pay off.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?