“In a year I see myself working on a business degree at The Borough of Manhattan Community College. I’m going back to school to assist my branding and business techniques.”
Check out the interview with Saint Emotions exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Saint Emotions: I first started dreaming of being a music performer when I was 6 years old in elementary school. I started with the guitar and tried out the trumpet. At 13 I started writing poems to vent, and it became a saving grace. I would write up to 3 songs in a day and never less than one. I used to push myself to write, even when I thought I had better stuff to do or wasn’t inspired in order to become really good at my favorite hobby.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Be yourself. I’ve heard that more times than I can count, but I don’t mean find out how you’re different or what makes you stand out. I mean, don’t change your mind based on a popular opinion. If you are a dedicated musician and practice, your soul will be able to speak through the music and lyrics naturally.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Right now, my difficulties rest in finding people to work with. I had grown up with a picture of a group of guys working with me, but it’s very hard to find people who will get up and go for what they want. From canceling plans to not even typing out a verse, there’s no effort put in.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
The best way to promote is to have the audience feel familiarity and participate such as celebrating ones fan base as a whole for a mixtape success. In other cases, Tony The Tiger makes kids excited about the character, catchphrase, and commercial setting as much as the cereal itself because they feel like they can be a part of it in some way.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I was born in Manhattan, NY and raised in Yonkers right outside of the Bronx. It’s the second biggest city in New York State. Yonkers is home to my favorite rapper DMX. I admire him because he tells his stories of struggle with poetic and vulnerable aggression that made me feel more understood and hopeful as a teenager.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
In a year I see myself working on a business degree at The Borough of Manhattan Community College. I’m going back to school to assist my branding and business techniques. Self-promoting myself has definitely not been easy and with a degree I have a much wider window of opportunity with a better selection of what I can do inside of the music industry.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My biggest influences to start writing songs were DMX, Claude Kelly, Bruce Springsteen, Motown, Ray Charles, and Leonard Cohen. Today I really admire Chino XL, Bizzy Bone, Frank Sinatra, Hopsin, and the old school sounds from Chubby Checker, Little Richard, and the disco era with Donna Summer and Whitney Houston.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I personally feel that there is a severe lack of creativity in arts across the board at this time. From music to movies and even TV sitcoms. Technology is a blessing, but I feel that it gets in the way of genuine culture and art too much. I’m not a fan of EDM music or the new rap music.
Where can we contact you and find you online?