“Never let someone who has never done or is incapable of doing what you do talk you out of believing in you. Always remember your reasons for making music and don’t get blinded by the bright lights and big promises this game will sell you.”

Check out the interview with Seven Da Pantha exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

SKILLY: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
S.D.P: Well, I started out like most cats, freestyling in the hood and at school. A friend suggested I record a few freestyles over popular beats at that time. This led me to copying song structures from the beats I was writing to. After years of practice and eventually acquiring beats of my own, I released my first offering to the world, The Ridin’ High EP, in 2008 via the now-defunct Domination Recordings. After that, I was pretty much hooked.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I use a strange assortment of memes, carefully timed social media posts, and engaging with fans in new ways like running contests for a chance to have me perform at your birthday party or take a girl to the prom.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
I think the biggest challenge is really the sheer abundance of wannabe rap artists in today’s market. Every clown with a laptop and a YouTube account thinks they can be the next J. Cole. The biggest weapon I have to counter is just staying committed to making quality music and investing in the right promotion to get it in front of the masses. At that point, it’s up to the people.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
In Tacoma, there is an immense amount of talent. The biggest problem is, everyone is vying for some imaginary hometown crown. I love the different sounds, which is a byproduct of so many people coming from different places. But the unnecessary egos cripple talent every time.

Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
The future of music is going to be in the same place it has always been, with the people. Artists have to invest in ways of reaching those who will most likely relate to their music and continue to make records that expand their listenership instead of keeping them in a box.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Never let someone who has never done or is incapable of doing what you do talk you out of believing in you. Always remember your reasons for making music and don’t get blinded by the bright lights and big promises this game will sell you.

What inspires you to write your next song?
It could be anything really. I draw my inspiration from real life so it could be anything from a sign I drive past or even a word someone says that I am unfamiliar with. Hell, I was inspired to write a 16 in the grocery store from what I read on a can of spinach. So yea, it could be anything.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
Generally, I find the beat first. Not always, but about 85% of the time. After that, it’s usually the verses first. I record those, then listen to them for a couple of days to determine if I like it, as well as to cook up a hook. Once the hook is decided on, it’s time to hit the booth to fine-tune the bars and lay the hooks.

What do you think makes a great song?
A truly great song connects with some aspect of human emotion, be that making you laugh, cry, dance, or whatever.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Absolutely! You can find me most easily on my site, www.sevendapantha.com and also on all social media as Seven Da Pantha. My latest releases, both released this year (M.A.T.H. Vol. 1 and Black 7: The Unauthorized Black Panther Soundtrack) are available now on Spotify, iTunes, Tidal, and all other digital outlets. 100

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