“Always know what you’re getting yourself into and be socially active in building connections with the people you trust in the business. Know how to stay on top and remain on your A game.”

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

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Romance:
It started with prime time networking and connecting with other musicians at a community college in NC after coming down from Brooklyn. It was through one of my soon to be inspirational friends who linked me to a big rap artist, Young Fortune, and his major independent label Fortune Empire Records LLC/BCMG where I would soon create a hit and perform through many music venues throughout the area; plus earn distribution through Capitol Records.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I’m heavy on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and most definitely Instagram. During venues and my shows I’ll always carry a big box of my business cards to pass out to fans and CDs to sale in between performances.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
Just dealing with a lot of ups and downs with the timing of the movement, dealing with other musicians envying your grind. I just continue to remind myself of what brought me to this place and how far I came up.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
I’m from Brooklyn and NYC music is always going to be at its best. You could never really find a dull moment with any genre of music based in NYC.

Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
It’ll continue to become more viral than it already is. Although that is so, I’d still hope that music of the future will not be tortured by the continuous miseducation of some of the major artists’ misleading messages. I feel as all artists should really mold themselves into creating a focus on that.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
I’d tell anyone this. Always know what you’re getting yourself into and be socially active in building connections with the people you trust in the business. Know how to stay on top and remain on your A game.

What inspires you to write your next song?
I want my next song to focus on the struggles that healthy relationships can have dealing with a lot of hatred and jealousy by a lot of the outsiders. This is to say that relationships, whether you’re a couple of different sexes or the same sex, should remain strong at any time of hatred or being up against envy.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
I begin by focusing on subjects and relating them to experiences that I’ve dealt with or been through. Then I write my ideas on paper to go back and store them into lyrics which is then followed by a recording and release.

What do you think makes a great song?
Timing, hitting all markets, creating a strong topic that people could greatly relate to, and knowing where all the pieces fit.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Facebook: Romance
Twitter: @_itsallromance
Instagram: @_itsallromance
Email: khaskin2@eagles.nccu.edu

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