“I want to be an innovator in hip hop. I feel like in today’s hip hop scene a lot of stuff is sounding the same and the same topics are being hit in every song.”
Check out the interview with Scott Schlich exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Scott Schlich: 3 years ago when one of my homies was making music and I started freestyling. He told me we should record it so we did. We got great feedback and we made a couple more songs. I started college and didn’t have enough time to make music until last fall. I got introduced to two of the city’s best engineers and started working with them. I now produce most of my own beats and am learning how to mix and master as well.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
Social media is a good marketing tool because you can engage with your fans on a personal level. It has worked well for me too because I didn’t have a lot of money to promote myself when I first started. Eventually you need to find a promoter who knows how to promote music effectively especially if you want to get your music heard on a large scale.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I want to be an innovator in hip hop. I feel like in today’s hip hop scene a lot of stuff is sounding the same and the same topics are being hit in every song. There’s not a lot of diversity. Even production is sounding a lot alike. There is a lot of style biting. Ultimately I want to become an artist that other artists can be inspired by and look up to.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
Competition. Competition is everywhere, but I’ve always been a competitor. I wish there was more unity especially in the city I’m from. I feel like a lot more would be accomplished in the local music scene if there was more unity than competition. I’ve always been a competitor and enjoy competing so it doesn’t really bother me.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
The music scene is weird here. Like I said earlier, there’s not a whole lot of unity. Everyone is competing against each other. The market here sucks too. Artists here aren’t taken very seriously which is the main reason I have made connections elsewhere. I love working with people from other cities.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Don’t settle and know your worth. I’ve been asked to do free shows and I always say no. Why would I do a show to perform music that I have spent countless hours and a lot of money creating? My point is don’t just go after the first opportunity you are offered. I was offered a record deal from a local label and turned them down.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
Being introduced to my engineer SAINT. He’s very good at what he does and has a lot of experience. He takes my music to the next level. I don’t know where I would be without that dude.
What is your inspiration?
Originality. I have always been an artist and love being an originator. Like I said earlier, I want to be someone that people can get ideas from. I guess I’m inspired by inspiring if that makes any sense.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
It takes talent and hard work. That’s a concept not everyone understands. It’s not just talent, it’s hard work and promoting as well. I look at some of these rappers who are big and wonder how the hell they got to where they are at with the vocabulary of a 2nd grader. So I guess anyone with a good work ethic and little bit of talent can be successful.