“It’s easy for artists to be a part of the music family. All they need is a good mic, good equipment, good lyrics and a purpose.”
Check out the interview with Selldretti exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Selldretti: I started making music with my older brother Marcus Muscogee and my stepbrother D-YODA while I was in high school. We got together and made a song together called “Pick Me Up” which is also featured on my mixtape Life Goes On which is on DatPiff and Soundcloud. From there Marcus began to venture off and start making his own beats and music, and from there he educated me on how to make music and the equipment to use to make good, quality music.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
The primary ways I use to promote my music is by word of mouth and social media. I have a strong support system here at my college and people always ask me when we SMG (Selldretti Music Group) are going to release our new music. I also use my social media pages to promote my music as well and to keep everyone updated on future projects or songs.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
The greatest challenge that I face in today’s entertainment business today is finding a balance. During the week we are focusing on school, so doing that and making good music tends to be a struggle at times. The way we overcome that challenge is to stay true to our goals. We love music, but we can’t do that without succeeding in academics.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
The music scene is starting to grow in my hometown. I am from Columbus, GA and the most popular music in that area is rap/hip hop. Everybody is building their own brand, making a name for themselves in the industry, and representing Columbus proudly.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
I believe the future of music will be levels above where it is today. More and more artists are beginning to bring their own styles, energy, and uniqueness to every genre of music which is also a step in the right direction. It’s easy for artists to be a part of the music family. All they need is a good mic, good equipment, good lyrics and a purpose.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Advice that I could give other upcoming artists and musicians is that if you want to achieve success, it’s a must that you educate yourself on the ins and outs of the industry. Learn and become skilled on how to promote music, music marketing, recording quality music, and establishing a brand or name for yourself that represents who you are.
What inspires you to write your next song?
The beats I come across inspire me to come up with ideas to write. Next, it is the day-to-day activities and events that we as a country see on the news and hear about all the time that spin around my head when writing as well. On a personal level, the support of my girlfriend, family, and friends always give me the drive to come up with good lyrics as well.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
First, I start by finding a good beat. Second, I listen to the beat a few times. Next I go over the lyrics to the song to make sure it sounds good and in sync. Then I set up my equipment in the studio and record the lyrics to the beat. I master my vocals and after that I get the group to critique the song and point out anything that could make the song sound better.
What do you think makes a great song?
There are various tangibles that contribute to making a great song, but some of the attributes that makes a great song in my opinion are the lyrics, delivery of the artists, the feeling it gives the audience, and the quality. I believe music lovers want to hear artists that have skills by the way they rap or sing. The flow and the lyrics pay a huge role in the process.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Official website: www.selldrettimusic.com
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