“Someone once told me that going out of town to do shows was a waste of my time and especially my money. Well, let me put you up on some game.”
Check out the interview with Scoonz exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Scoonz: When I was nineteen years old I was in a dark place mentally. One day I decided to hell with it all and I wrote out a suicide note. I really wanted to kill myself, but the letter I wrote was in rhyme form and I realized, “Hey, I’m pretty good at this.” I put down the knife and picked up a pen. Every single day I was writing rhymes in my notebook until one night I had a dream that told me to write my very 1st song.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
The best way to promote yourself is to perform a lot. Hit every open mic and grab every local performance you can get your hands on. You’ll be surprised at how quickly your city will start to take notice of you if you do a good job. Your fans from your home are the most important. After you gain their attention, you can focus on spreading to other cities.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I do have fantasies of becoming an A-list celebrity and having a Grammy or two under my belt. What I ultimately want to become is a prophet of God and spread his word through my music. As long as I’m doing right by him, and I’m making enough money off of my music to live comfortably without the need of a 9-5, that’s good enough for me.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
The hardest part about being in the music industry is these promoters that make you sell your own tickets or make you pay them in order for you to perform at their show. The way the hip hop scene is, talent does not matter. If you pony up the dough, you’ll get a slot whether you deserve it or not.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
I live in the Coachella Valley, the home of the infamous Coachella festival. There is definitely no shortage of music lovers here, and there are an abundance of local musicians of all genres. It’s a very diverse area culturally and I have to say I wouldn’t have it any other way. Plus, the mountains are beautiful. So who am I to complain?
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Someone once told me that going out of town to do shows was a waste of my time and especially my money. Well, let me put you up on some game. Going out of town to do shows is about networking. You have to exchange info with the local artists, give out your info to the fans, and let ’em know how and where to buy your music/merchandise.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
When asked, most artists might say things along the lines of when they sold their first million records or when they got to perform for so & so in such & such venue, etc. Me on the other hand, the best thing that’s happened and the best thing that will ever come of my career is the fact that I found God through my music.
What is your inspiration?
Simply put, my inspiration is God. I feel like he blessed me musically for a purpose and I fully intend on using my talent for that purpose. I may have a few darker songs because I have been through some dark times, but hey who hasn’t? For the most part though, I spread positive messages through my music and I refrain from using any swear words as well.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
I feel like anyone with an overwhelming passion for music can be successful in today’s world of music. I feel this way because that passion you feel is God placing it in your heart. It’s his way of telling you that your purpose on this earth is to be a performer and as long as you keep a close relationship with God, he will lead you down the path of success.