“I think it’s a BC mentality thing. I’m a fan of everyone else I meet and talk to and respect is shown.”
Check out the interview with Sikadime exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Sikadime: In my household we mostly spoke Catalan or French and went to a French immersion school. I didn’t start speaking English till 1992 after hearing “O.P.P.” by Naughty By Nature and rapping the lyrics. My dad was in the Navy and after a two week trip, he came back with a Radio Shack drum machine for me. Then I got a keyboard for Christmas then eventually a TASCAM 244 4-track recorder would be the basis of me creating my own little studio in the basement.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
It’s not an easy game and success only happens at right place, right time. As I always say, “If it was bound to happen, it will happen when it has to happen.” I also make sure to invest wisely. Learn everything inside and out of the music business because there is a lot of smoke and mirrors.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
The hardest is now since I don’t have a big circle around me or have the affiliations anymore. I think people don’t think I can stand on my own. Newsflash, I was indie before the labels and been indie after the height of my career; so pretty much I’ve been everlasting.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
I recently got into the Facebook Ads for my latest music video. I still go with a grassroots approach. Advertise in your local newspaper and bulletin board at community centers, even the library, put up flyers of your upcoming album release. Get your songs to radio stations, blogs, magazines.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
Vancouver, greater Vancouver area, and the whole lower mainland is beautiful and awesome. Artists are supportive of other artists. I think it’s a BC mentality thing. I’m a fan of everyone else I meet and talk to and respect is shown. The atmosphere is that we all have the same goal, music. That’s’ the best way I can describe it.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
The realest and truest answer you will probably ever get is or see in print is I see myself as a father a year from today. My wife and I have been trying for some time, so that’s where I’m at in life right now.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
You know, my inspirations lately come from Kevin Hart. The dude is the “it” man, plain and simple. If ya want to see someone on their A-game, look at Kevin Hart and how he’s been killing the game for standup comedy to the movies.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
You know what, the mumble rap sounds to me like 1997 when Mase came out, he mumbled and had party joints. I will admit, there are some funny catchy ass stuff like that “Broccoli” joint from Big Baby DRAM and Lil Yachty. I ain’t mad at it.
Where can we contact you and find you online?
Official website: www.sikadime.net