“Everyone wants to be like their idol, but I want to create my own unique sound. I tend to just write lyrics all the time and listen to instrumentals that most people wouldn’t use.”

Check out the interview with Rome$ exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Rome$: It all started as I saw my homies making music. I have always had a passion for music, but I didn’t know how I would kick start everything. A friend of mine connected me with a guy that has a home studio that mixes and masters. He’s also is an artist and he helped me record my first two songs which I am super grateful for.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
Social media, I play it for my friends, and send in my music to music blogs. Whenever an artist follows me on social media I tend to share my music with them as they tend to do the same.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
To be different and to be positive. I’ve received a lot of good feedback for my music and I’ve also had people criticize my music. To stay positive is hard, but it’s something I have to do if I ever want to go far with music and also being different is hard too.

Everyone wants to be like their idol, but I want to create my own unique sound. I tend to just write lyrics all the time and listen to instrumentals that most people wouldn’t use.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
Edmonton’s music is scene is very dry. When I mean dry I don’t mean that we don’t have talented people, we’ve got the talent but just no one is willing to go out there to put the city on the map. I like how there’s more and more people being involved with the music scene and trying to give Edmonton a name.

What I dislike is the negativity and the lack of support. There’s not enough support within our community. It’s pretty sad because the artists aren’t just out there trying to do this for themselves, but their trying to do this for you too.

Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
Music is going to be different, there’s going to be a new wave every 2-3 years and it’s going to be special. Artists can be more a part of it if they just keep doing what they’re doing. Keep supporting and keep making music that’s true to you.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Stay true, stay positive, and stay grinding. One day someone out there will hear you.

What inspires you to write your next song?
Girls (laughs). I mean not just girls but experiences, late nights, alcohol and drugs. I always write my songs around 3-5 am so I always have thoughts of certain girls and experiences in my head. So basically what I’m doing is writing them letters and singing them those letters. I’m not tryna make this sound cheesy but that’s what it is. I write about what I’ve seen and what I feel.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
First step is the beat. I have to vibe to the beat. Sometimes I don’t vibe, but if I do I write lyrics to them right away. I mumble the melody then try to fit lyrics into the melody. Once I got all that I practice it like I’m performing it. Then if I have time it’s studio time.

What do you think makes a great song?
The emotions behind it and the lyrics. If someone relates to your lyrics, good job you made a dope song.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Twitter: @therealromester
Instagram: @romester23
Email: romeomfumu@gmail.com

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