“The more an artist is willing to engage authentically with their life supporters (fans) the more successful they will be point, blank, period.”
Check out the interview with RhymeSkeem exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
RhymeSkeem: I started rapping in high school my junior year in 2006 for fun when my friend Lady Til inspired me to make music with her. I had no idea of the concept, so rapping with her let me know I actually had talent in it. Moving forward from that, I definitely took music a lot more seriously subsequently releasing my first album in 2013 in El Paso where I really awakened my direction and vision for my music career.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I love to incorporate astrology and spirituality in the music I make and the messages I share. I like to plug in some songs I make as well as local talent in the horoscopes I make. This lets me connect with likeminded conscious individuals who also like the kind of music I make.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
The greatest challenge I face in today’s entertainment is not only that everyone also wants to be a successful artist, but I am having to combat an over saturation of machismo and ego with authenticity and realness. I can overcome this challenge by being real and true to myself and sincerely expressing that through in my messages and songs.
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 El Paso is very limited and close minded. There are amazing hidden gems and great artists, but they lack representation because there is division in the scene. Despite all this, the talent is still uprising and the talented artists in that town will still make it and be able to bring shine to the city.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
The future of music is transparency and authenticity. We are way too used to the clichés.. It’s all played out. People want to really get to know the artist behind the music. The more an artist is willing to engage authentically with their life supporters (fans) the more successful they will be point, blank, period.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Never play to the crowd and use your art to express yourself. You are so unique because there is only one you, so your music should be your representation of who you truly are. Don’t ever let opportunity control your loyalty and don’t ever let success be defined by how many people know or like you but rather how much fun you gain doing what you love.
What inspires you to write your next song?
I am inspired by vibing with people on stage when I write my next song and the message I know will touch their hearts when they see me perform it. I love showcasing my lyrical talents and the feeling of successfully doing so always pumps me up with excitement.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
If I am really feeling the beat I can literally freestyle everything out in one take. For more serious songs, I can write a really good verse in less than 30 minutes. If the song has a theme then I will experiment with a flow that has a nice rhythm, but other than that I like to make abstract songs with lyrical content if I am not making a focused song with a core message.
What do you think makes a great song?
I love this question because people get in heated arguments. They will either argue that it must have substance and be super complex or others will say that the beat has to be really addictive and hot. While most great songs have elements of all these different things, what really makes a good song is how much fun you have while making it.