“I can’t stress how important these 2 words are: never stop. Your career is going to have its ups and downs and you have to stay fully dedicated because life will reroute you in a heartbeat.”
Check out the interview with Roksta exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Roksta: I always tried to surround myself with things that involved music without even knowing. My pops used to be a drummer that toured with Parliment Funkadelic (P-funk) and George Clinton. You could say that music runs through my blood. Thinking back though I do remember the actual the beginning of my career. It was in 2008, I had just got back from Vegas and had found out my girlfriend had been cheating on me. Something in me triggered and shortly after I was ready to dedicate myself to something besides a relationship.
I started writing music and I wrote my first song “Game Right” and it was a success that fueled the next couple of songs titled “Up In The Club,” “Downtown,” and more. The first portion of my career I was hip hop, rap, and r&b and it wasn’t until a couple years ago another piece of my venture came to me; my love for EDM. I felt it was the future of rock in a way, but I never thought I’d ever be good enough to sing or write something out of this world like EDM music. I still gave it a shot and as a result ended up switching genres. Such a transition, but here I am now headlining raves and opening for national acts.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
I can’t stress how important these 2 words are: never stop. Your career is going to have its ups and downs and you have to stay fully dedicated because life will reroute you in a heartbeat. I believe the only thing that separates the people that don’t make it and do make it is if you quit. Even if it’s hard to get studio sessions or you feel like your writing doesn’t take you anywhere, keep pushing for excellence. People will start to listen. I remember having my own friends tell me my dream was unrealistic, it seems pretty realistic right now.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
The first part of my career was friends not believing in how serious I was with the music. Eventually you figure out the best way to deal with them is to ignore what they think and just do you. Once I read somewhere, “Nobody’s going to understand your vision or journey except for you.” It was 100% accurate. Now all the friends that made jokes know lyrics from my songs, support my music, and think very highly of my musical abilities.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Most probably know this, but social media. Have as many websites as possible. You do want to go all the way and eventually quit whatever financial support system you have and just do what you love to pay the bills correct? Be on everything, everywhere. The more websites like Soundcloud, Facebook, and Twitter you’re on the more ways people can find you and listen to your music.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I love my city. I don’t know where I would be without the support of my city, I mean you Seattle. I’ve got support from so many artists that allowed me to open up for them to feature on my tracks. I can’t even put in words how much each and every one of you meant to me and my career. Truly, thank you.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
On MTV, BET, and every radio station. Hopefully the billboards. Who knows where this crazy adventure ride will take me next. Hop in, y’all are coming with.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My music is influenced by so many artists. The list would just seem like a huge list and it would get boring to read after a while. Let’s just name a top few so I can answer your question: Zedd, Calvin Harris, Pharrell, Lil Wayne, and Roksta – oops, how’d that get in there.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I’m supposed to be honest right? I think a lot of mainstream music has taking a nose dive, but that’s only because we’ve set a lower standard for our music quality level. Don’t get me wrong, there’s amazing new material that’s been coming out lately but you have to search through a lot of the music nowadays to find what fits you. I believe this is only temporary and the quality level is back to increasing again. That’s why if you’re an aspiring artist, pick up a pen and start writing. There’s more room in the music industry then you think. Follow what you love.
Where can we contact you and find you online?