“Create music that’s pure. You may not think this but your music could change lives.”
Check out the interview with Roc Solo exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Roc Solo: Let’s see, the age 10. I was watching 8 Mile and I’m like “Wow. I know can rhyme like that.” I started freestyling random words, didn’t even make sense. Then I took my flow to the lunch table at school. From there to an actual studio. Then to dropping mixtapes, dropping videos, little radio play, and now here I am upcoming.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
My advice is be different, there are a million artists who have the same dream. Be different and stand out. Create music that’s pure. You may not think this but your music could change lives. Work on your craft and become great.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Uhhhh … hardest thing ever is to make sure I never lose this gift. God could easily take it away, so every time I’m behind the mic I make sure I leave it all on the mic.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
The best way to promote and advertise your own music is to get up and do it yourself no matter what. You can be on social media for hours tagging, sharing, and messaging everybody until you can’t no more or hit the streets and pass out CDs. Go to music events and network, team or no team.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I live in a few cities in Virginia: Norfolk, VA Beach, Richmond, and Manassas. The artists are dope, the talent in those cities are crazy. I respect them all, the fans, and the ones who support you. Some show you love and some don’t, but that comes with the game.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
Hopefully on tour with a hot single on the radio and a dope mixtape ready to drop. I want to be that artist.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
LiL Wayne and Eminem are my biggest inspirations. If there was no them, I wouldn’t be the artist I am. I look up to my mom, the sacrifices and hard work she put in for me and my siblings. Man, I owe her my life. If this pays off how I want it, she will never have to worry about anything.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
The music today, uhhh … it’s different. You got some great artists and you got some not so great. Like who gave you a deal bro? But hey, they’re doing something right I guess. I like some of it, a few favorites but not too many.
Where can we contact you and find you online?