“I have my own studio and a 4k green screen setup … I can be as crazy and self-destructive as I want. I would love to just be able to make new music at my leisure and have a direct connection to the fans.”

Check out the interview with Showboat Blastoff exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Showboat Blastoff:
In the late 90’s and early 2000’s I was the singer in a touring hard rock group. We played hundreds of shows and actually made a living off it. I played all my bucket list venues and had a blast. As the rock scene became more and more cookie cutter stale, I found myself getting bored. I started interning at a recording studio where my live sound guy (Manny Sanchez of Fall Out Boy/Psy/Umphrees McGee fame) worked and started learning the ropes.

What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
In my rock band days it was all different. You had to pass out CDs and flyers nonstop! There was no social media, there were no email lists, and there was no YouTube! I have found that music blogs and music forums where you can interact with other industry people and fans have been the most beneficial.

What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I really enjoy the indie music scene. I have my own studio and a 4k green screen setup. I don’t have to answer to any label people or review panels. I can be as crazy and self-destructive as I want. I would love to just be able to make new music at my leisure and have a direct connection to the fans.

What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
Music’s so fast paced these days. Artists are doing multiple mixtapes and albums a year. The rushing to put out new tracks just to put out new tracks is how you wind up with the same concepts and beats as everyone else. I like to craft my sound to stand out in a crowd, but doing so is how you are easily forgotten in the fast paced industry.

What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
Chicago has always been a music city. Every genre of music has a major star from Chicago. I find it extremely encouraging when you see the people you’re rising up with take it to new levels. When it comes to rap and hip hop Chicago fans are amazing, they have good hearts and are as much of a part of the scene as the artists.

What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Don’t give up! If it was easy everyone would do it. Actually sometimes it does seem like everyone is doing it with the advent of Protools and YouTube! My best suggestion’s to learn from your failures and at the same time don’t learn from your failures. Sometimes you just have to keep failing to realize that you’re in it to make art and not succeed.

What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
The craziest thing that has ever happened was after I finished the Something About Larry album. I decided to hunt down an avenue to get my album to the guy who made me really fall in love with rap, Kool Keith. I emailed a link and an hour later I got a reply from Keith himself! We later wound up putting together a track called “Full Blown Erection.”

What is your inspiration?
My inspiration’s the end result. When you kill yourself on something and it finally comes together, there’s nothing more satisfying. The more ambitious the more satisfying. The whole writing process is my favorite part. It’s like an addiction for me. It’s always on my mind and I can’t imagine what I’d do with myself if I ever gave it up.

Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Definitely. The trick’s having people remember you. How many bands were number one and then the next year no one can even remember their name? The most successful people seem to create just to create, and not for fame. Music is something that will never go away and there’ll always be the cream that rises to the top.

Where can we find you on social media?
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/showboatblastoff
YouTube: www.youtube.com/showboatblastoff
Facebook: www.facebook.com/showboatblastoff
Twitter: @realshowboat
Instagram: @showboatblastoff