“To own yourself and learn the business. Also stay true to yourself musically. Be original and stand out.”

Check out the interview with Re$t exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

SKILLY: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
RE$T: I’m originally from the Bronx and put out my first mixtape mr.pyrex in 2013 on datpiff.com A little later I released Hip-hop needs a re$t Alain on datpiff.com in between releases I’ve done various shows and showcases just trying to get people familiar with my brand and music. Most recently I just released my project “FI$H & CHIP$” available now on all digital platforms and will be looking to do more shows promoting the project.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
To own yourself and learn the business. Also stay true to yourself musically. Be original and stand out.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Managing being a father, artist, and boss. I have eight children whom I all support and things can get tough when you have to go studio, shoot videos, get artwork done, pay for promo etc all the things that come with being an independent artist and coming out of your own pocket.

We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Social media and radio. One song going viral can change your life from what I’ve seen. Also creating a steady fan base.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I’m from Bronx New York and we have a bunch of talented artists both signed and unsigned. I think now fans are a little bit more supportive of independent artist as we’ve come to grow things weren’t always like this. There was always an ego thing in New York and is still competitive but I think people are realizing we can be strong when we come together.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
Still doing music and having more of a fan base with more people in tune with my music.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
I would say Jay-z just coming from where he came from to being one of the biggest music moguls out there and venturing and doing big things outside of music means a lot. Motivational to the utmost.

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I like certain things and I feel we can like whatever we choose to like. There are plenty of genres in music to where if we wanna party there’s something for that. If we wanna get hype and go to the gym there’s something for that. Or you might wanna listen to something lyrical and thought-provoking that’s the beauty of music we can always find something to match our mood.

Thanks! Where can we contact you and find you online?
Rest718@gmail.com for all business inquiries my twitter and Instagram is @restbx and my Facebook is re$t aka mr.pyrex thanks for taking time out to get familiar with me.