“The best advice that I can pass on to upcoming artists and musicians, is to stay true to themselves. Meaning do not create content that you know deep down is a misrepresentation of you. The people may buy it, but in the long run it will wear you down because you will be forced to look in the mirror day and night in this industry…”
Check out the interview with Gill Stackz exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
SKILLY: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
I was able to start my journey in the entertainment business when I was in the fifth grade by performing in a talent showcase. As time went on I would do my best to stay active by developing my skills as a songwriter. It was not until I graduated college in 2012 that I was able to be fully committed as an artist. I studied the industry, and sent out hundreds of emails in search of the right opportunity, and or partnership. This all started in Maryland.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
Some of the ways I promote my music is by performing in different showcases, which allows me to put my music before a different audience. I also utilize the internet via features, write ups, as well as, having my music on different sites. I attend different events and build onto my network. In the future I will be getting into merchandising which will allow the consumer to feel like they are a part of my movement.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
I always get a good feel for the beat. I do my best to see what kind of emotion the producer himself put into making the beat, and which approach as an artist will relay that message to the listener. I ride the beat in a way that lets people feel me but they can still rock to the beat.
What do you think makes a great song?
I believe authenticity makes a great song. This makes a song relatable. When a song is authentic it will always receive the credit it is due. In the long run this gives the song more leverage to be seen as timeless.
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 full of talented artists. There is always something going on for local indie acts. What I don’t like about it is that it is hard to create a buzz if your content is not similar to whats hot on the radio. However, what I do like about it is that if one is fully invested in there craft and stays persistent then it is not hard to create momentum, and bring attention to your own movement.
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 think the future of music is going to be in the hands of the generations that follow at all times. I feel like the future will always have remnants of the past but overall the future will be fueled by the vision of those who are the new upcoming acts. I feel artists can be more a part of it by adapting to the music scene in a way that does not make them feel like they are compromising there integrity in any way.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
The best advice that I can pass on to upcoming artists and musicians, is to stay true to themselves. Meaning do not create content that you know deep down is a misrepresentation of you. The people may buy it, but in the long run it will wear you down because you will be forced to look in the mirror day and night in this industry.
What inspires you to write your next song?
My inspiration to write derives from personal events that hold a sentimental place in my heart, or a dope beat from a producer. There are times when i’m inspired by a favorite record of mine, or new music I come across as welll.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business?
The greatest challenge I face in today’s entertainment business is how the industry is trendy. I feel like the consumer is easily swayed from one artist to the next, with little to no loyalty towards the artist they favored at one point. What I do to overcome this issue is remain true to myself. Although the climate does not promote this approach I feel its the only way to keep my brand and artistry from being tainted.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
The people can connect with me on IG:@Gillstackz, Twitter:@ther3alstackz, FB:@Gill Stackz Also connect with me on Twitter/IG/FB:@suretoflymg. I maybe contacted at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org