“Follow your own path and make decisions that’ll progress your music career. Develop your craft and expand outside of your comfort zone to find where your uniqueness lies.”

Check out the interview with Retro Spects exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Retro Spects:
I began pursuing music with writing lyrics. I’ve always been immersed in the culture hip hop but I went through a phase in middle school and part of high school where I was only listening to 80’s-90’s rock and metal. I came across an artist by the name of Tech N9ne that inspired me to regain my interest in hip hop.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I utilize my social media platforms. It’s a great way to spread your music and also connect with your fans regularly. I also upload my latest songs to various streaming websites so that my music is visible in more than one location.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
The biggest challenge in today’s music industry is allowing yourself to stand out from other artists. Nowadays everyone wants to be recognized or become famous from their music, but they never step back to understand what qualities or uniqueness they contain that separates themselves from all the other artists.

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 Denver is growing. EDM is popular but hip hop’s also very prominent here. What I don’t like about our music scene is that we have a lot of the local rappers and emcees who come into the hip hop game not knowing the roots of the culture or how the music changed into what it is today.

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 can’t say much for the future of music as a whole, but I do see the future of hip hop returning to its roots of lyricism while still keeping the qualities of today’s mainstream music. I also see hip hop developing into an art of musical composition rather than simply working around a great chorus.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Be persistent, driven, and level headed. Follow your own path and make decisions that’ll progress your music career. Develop your craft and expand outside of your comfort zone to find where your uniqueness lies. Above all make music that you yourself enjoy listening too and grab my latest single “Mile High Livin” from iTunes or Google Play.

What inspires you to write your next song?
My inspiration comes from the world that surrounds me and what I am going through at the time. I get the motivation to write from different experiences or events that occur.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
The first step I take is producing a beat that gives the same feeling that I am wanting to express. After I finish the beat, I’ll decide on an overall theme or topic that I want the song to represent and from there I write my verses and the chorus.

What do you think makes a great song?
What makes a great song’s the way it is delivered. Something that’ll stick in the listeners head making them want to hear it again whether it’s a portion of your verse or a catchy hook. A great song will leave you with something to remember.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Facebook: www.facebook.com/therealspects
Twitter: www.twitter.com/TheRealSpects
Instagram: www.instagram.com/therealspects
Bandcamp: therealspects.bandcamp.com/stats#zdownloads
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/zackvivas
Email: trueprospectent@gmail.com