“My biggest piece of advice I would tell them is just to have fun no matter what the business brings. That’s why we do this right? To have fun. Stay in touch with yourself and surround yourself with like-minded-people. The people you keep around you will play a big role towards your career.”

Check out the interview with Rob Carney exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Rob Carney: I started creating and crafting songs in high school when I was 16 years old with a friend of mine. We dropped some CDs around our school and got a lot of attention from our classmates. I fell in love with the creative process and just the art and culture.

Writing became something special to me and I just try and grow as an artist and as a brand. I was discovered by David Alexander, owner of HBL LLC, back in 2010 and have been pushing my craft forward and will continue to do so.

I have had the honor of doing shows and sharing the stage with the likes of Rakim, RA The Rugged Man, Joe Budden, Cage, Juelz Santana, Heltah Skeltah, and more.

As I mature and grow, I realize how much more it is all about the art and individuality. Everything else will fall into place when you can reflect your true self through your 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 I would tell them is just to have fun no matter what the business brings. That’s why we do this right? To have fun. Stay in touch with yourself and surround yourself with like-minded-people. The people you keep around you will play a big role towards your career.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
I would say the hardest challenge I come across is probably more on the business end of things. Challenging myself as an artist and writer as well. I’m always trying to get better, I can be really hard on myself from a creative stand point.

We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Obviously social media is huge right now and allows artists to gain a following. I think understanding your demographic and target market and attacking it with creative marketing and promotional ideas is very important. Face to face interaction with your fans is still very important. Try and be some where all the time.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I’m actually from the suburbs of New Jersey, about 45 minutes outside of New York City. My state is full of so much talent. The music scene out here really helped shape me and my craft. I think the fans are excited. I think they are ready to have someone to cheer for out here. New Jersey is definitely up next.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I see myself growing my brand, my craft, and my fan base. Just becoming a better version of myself. I want to take my craft and brand to the highest level so working toward my goals and growing is really important to me.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
I think real life experiences are my biggest inspiration. Especially when it comes to writing and creating. I would say my label and partner David Alexander are the people I look up to. Besides music, we have a genuine friendship and look to each other for advice and stuff.

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I think hip hop is always evolving and changing so I don’t hate the music coming out. It is interesting to see where and how hip hop will grow from its current state. But do I like it? I’m not a huge fan of mainstream, but I think under the surface of major radio we have some dope talent and music coming out.

Where can we contact you and find you online?
Official Website: www.robcarneymusic.com
Facebook: @robcarneymusic
Instagram: @robcarneymusic
Twitter: @robcarneymusic

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