“Coming from a very cultured family, biased group of teachers, they told me I could never make a living out of this. I overcame those obstacles and did what they told me I couldn’t do.”

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

Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Scence
: I did a lot of high school events, mainly acoustic as oppose to having a DJ. I did a lot of hosting in high school as well, a lot of rap battles with friends and what not. I really realized that I wanted to make this my life in grade 12 and started getting booked for shows around December of that year. I’m proud of what I’ve done so far, but I still strive for more.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it. Coming from a very cultured family, biased group of teachers, they told me I could never make a living out of this. I could never make any sort of income from it. I overcame those obstacles and did what they told me I couldn’t do.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
One would definitely be the non-believers which I could honestly say I ran into quite a few that attempted to put me down. Another one would probably be getting opening opportunities and having the close friends I thought were at the time saying they wanted to support me, but not coming out.

We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
There’s so much you can do online to create a presence, but I feel like most of the so called famous artists or social media celebrities have a social media prescience and no confidence in person to do anything for the public. I try to balance the social media advertising with public eye advertising.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
Everyone does their thing. I have a lot of personal disliking towards some, but on a mature end let them do their thing and I’ll do my thing. As for fans, most of the appreciation I gained was from the Toronto hip hop scene. It’s where I truly started my career in terms of shows and promotion.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
Hopefully signed and doing festivals, perhaps headlining shows. I reached all the goals before turning 18 which was getting a taste of what the industry was like. I opened for a few mainstream artists, did a lot of showcases, somewhat traveled, and hit a couple thousand on my music.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
Pryde is one of the main inspirations. The 1975, Ed Sheeran, my homies Tyler Mcrae and Shane Douglas, they really showed me the realness you can find in people that’s quite difficult to find.

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
Music is music, everyone has their art that they display to the world. I’m influenced by everything. Even if I don’t listen to it on a daily, it has a huge influences however. There isn’t as much of a feeling and realness in music anymore, it’s kinda repetitive but it’s their art and I respect it.

Where can we contact you and find you online?
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/whoisscence