“Everything I encounter inspires me which is why I’ve never been able to grasp how artists talk about the same stuff. There’s too much going on in life to not have a wide variety of content.”

Check out the interview with Royce Castro exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Royce Castro: I was able to start 4 years ago. This is year 5.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
Social media is the biggest thing in music today, but the biggest thing is being independent. Being independent allows you to work freely for yourself by setting your own deadlines. All profits that you make are 100% yours. Another way I promote heavy is doing live shows. The money is in the shows.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
In entertainment I wouldn’t call them challenges. It’s more annoying than anything. In entertainment today it isn’t about talent anymore. It just seems like today everyone follows a trend trying to make the big buck fast. Many artists aren’t giving themselves time to develop and before you know it they fade off fast.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
The music scene where I’m from is great. I’m from Lawnside, NJ. When it’s all said and done the world is gonna know about my borough. There are many dope artists in the south Jersey area, enough to say we are more talented than a lot of artists signed and unsigned. Only problem is we don’t have a major radio station.

Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
I think the future of hip hop is headed in a great direction. I do feel like a lot of rappers are just rapping with absolutely no knowledge of the field they’ve chosen to enter. Hip hop is a way of life, you’re supposed to know who paved the way. You can tell what artists take their craft serious because you can hear the growth, originality, and passion.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Don’t sign anything, study, learn, and practice. There will be times where you will doubt yourself, but if you wanna be successful music life is a very long marathon. I strongly urge artists to be themselves and you’ll automatically set yourselves apart.

What inspires you to write your next song?
Whatever I’m going through. I’m simply inspired by life itself, no matter what it is. Everything I encounter inspires me which is why I’ve never been able to grasp how artists talk about the same stuff. There’s too much going on in life to not have a wide variety of content.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
I simply listen to beats and if it talks to me and if my thoughts match, I start going in.

What do you think makes a great song?
Focus and having a clear mind, taking risks, allowing yourself to evolve.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Official website: www.roycecastro.com
Instagram: @Lord_kalik_castro