“I find that going out to events like open mics really helps in advertising yourself. It is also a good way to meet other artists who are also working just as hard to get themselves out there as well.”

Check out the interview with Ricky exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Ricky:
It all started in 7th grade when I first listened to Kanye West’s album Graduation. Sure I was a little bit late because by then he had already become such a huge figure in music, but nevertheless after hearing that album (and subsequently memorizing it front to back) I was hooked. It motivated me to start writing raps and wanting to do something with music.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
My biggest piece of advice would be to do what you want to do when you want to. Don’t worry about what other people will think because if it is something that you truly have a passion for, then no one’s opinion should matter but your own.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
I suppose the hardest challenges would be putting myself out there. Although I do love performing and meeting fellow artists, I can’t help but still feel nervous telling people that I make music. I’ve been writing since I was 12 and am now 21. It was only until these past couple years that I started to publicly release music.

We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
I find that going out to events like open mics really helps in advertising yourself. It is also a good way to meet other artists who are also working just as hard to get themselves out there as well.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
Chicago is a beautiful city that is filled with creative and adventurous artists who create beautiful music. There really is no limits with Chicago-based artists and that’s what I admire about the music scene. The fans of artists from the city are some of the most dedicated and supportive people.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
A year from today I can see myself continuing on with making music, hopefully at a larger scale than I am now, but I suppose that’s something I’m going to have to work for.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
Musically my main inspiration came from Kanye West. In terms of rapping a lot of my early years included listening to a lot of Lil Wayne. Wayne was the second rapper I really got into. The people I look up to would have to be people who go out there and just do what they love to do.

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I feel like music today is incredibly expressive, especially how many artists do not put themselves in a box when it comes to genres. It’s a fun time to be a creative without a doubt.

Where can we contact you and find you online?
Official website: www.theycallmericky.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/ohdamnitsricky
Instagram: www.instagram.com/theycallmericky





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