“Everyone has their own idea of what a “good song” is, me personally, I like to relate. I like to be able to feel the words spoken, I like to be able to vibe out to it heavy and honestly just let the track take over my body.”
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SKILLY: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
R.S: It started a year after high school when it comes to the recording and releasing music aspect, I’ve been writing forever. But a year after high school, I linked with an old coworker who was trying to rap and we ended up kicking it all the time and working on music at the studio at his school called SES. My first time having my name out was on Vaycay’s song called Want It All and then I released my own tracks shortly after (Good life, tonight, the summit, etc.). And I had my first show August of 2016 which was a confirmation that I really wanted to do this, being on stage and hearing people sing along or vibe out was dope. And music was always a way to express how I feel or let out certain emotions and thoughts that I generally keep to myself so its dope to see the impact.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
Word of mouth, I do little voting polls on Twitter and Instagram. I’ll do previews of unreleased tracks while I’m driving on the snap, sometimes will use all caps to gather attention. I also make promo videos with like 30 seconds of the track playing as well and post it everywhere.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
Networking if I’m being honest, I’m not a very outgoing talkative person I’m more introverted so I’m still working on breaking out of that shell, and also my perfectionist attitude which makes the process on songs longer sometimes but it’s always worth it.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
It’s dope, I honestly prefer to listen to the locals than I do mainstream music. I like the different styles from Trap to “mumble rap”, to the “conscious”, laid-back rap, etc. Like Lerado, Student 1, Kaleem The Dream, Juice Lord, Johnny Napalm, Free Wifi, etc. The list goes on. Only thing I don’t like is that we’re slept on at the moment, But I believe that’ll change real soon.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
More independent artists for sure, I feel there’s still going to be the artists who come and go as in they blow up and fall off a year or two later, for sure going to see more legends in the making including myself. I feel artists can be more a part of it honestly by staying true to themselves and supporting one another as well. Yes, its a competition in a way but I feel like there are still a lot of artists who are afraid to show support or be a fan of another artist.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Stay true to yourself. If you think or expect to just blow up overnight that’s not going to happen. I myself haven’t even really blown up yet but I got the respect from people who’ve heard my work. And always remember quality over quantity, don’t rush to release bs just because you want to drop something always release your best work. And make sure you put in the work, I do all my own promotion, I fund everything I do out my own pockets, I made my own website, etc. Put in the work, unless you can afford to have other people do the other shit for you, make sure you put in the time.
What inspires you to write your next song?
Man, a lot haha. I can just hear a beat and have an idea for a whole song, I can be going through my own shit and that can be inspiration for a song as well, or I may just randomly be like “I wanna make a meaningful song about money” or something and I’ll find a beat that I feel matches and go from there.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
I like to have an idea on what my subject is, but usually its a good grip of almost freestyle writing, I’ll listen to a beat and I’ll freestyle for a bit over and over and then from that if I catch a dope line I’ll write it down, and usually I write a few bars rehearse it and then freestyle the next 2 or 4 write it down and continue. And then I’ll constantly rehearse and rehearse and read it and see if it needs tweaks and what could be better, how I’m gonna flow, how I want to project my voice, etc. A lot goes into creating a song for me.
What do you think makes a great song?
When it brings out an emotion and you can just feel it and relate, or something that motivates. Everyone has their own idea on what a “good song” is, me personally I like to relate, I like to be able to feel the words spoken, I like to be able to vibe out to it heavy and honestly just let the track take over my body. If it makes me think, or makes me wanna dance, or makes me wanna go work out, makes me feel emotional, etc. I feel it’s classified as a great song.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
All my social media is @rzwoke