“The only thing that concerns me in today’s music is the lack of lyrical content. There are a lot of artists out there that speak on the same topics often.”

Check out the interview with Skewb exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
I first began my journey when I was around 13 years old playing the drums in a metal band. I started writing poetry as I grew up. Then one day I remember hearing some of my friends freestyle and I tried it. That sparked a flame that led to me writing songs and beginning to record in late 2013.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I use all social media outlets such as Twitter, Instagram, and Soundcloud. The most creative way I would have to say is by performing shows and getting my material and merchandise into people’s hands. It’s great going into new cities and meeting new faces.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
The biggest challenge for me now is tapping into the market all across the country. I have been taking steps in the right direction by opening up for some major artists, although I’m looking to branch further out beyond the east coast in the near future.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
In my hometown, Newport, there’s a very small music scene. There are a few metal bands, around seven active rap artists, and a bunch of bluegrass groups. When it comes to rap we don’t get the attention we deserve. There are some supporters out there of the movement and to those that are out there, thank you.

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 that music is venturing more into an electronic state. A lot of the music that you hear in the mainstream is electronically engineered. The only thing that concerns me in today’s music is the lack of lyrical content. There are a lot of artists out there that speak on the same topics often. Granted that is what gained them their claim to fame.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
For other upcoming artists I would like to say to keep doing what makes you feel right. If you create your music from what’s in your heart you’ll never go wrong. Don’t force write your material. Sometimes it takes a while to complete a song. Keep your head focused on what you’re doing and strive on progression. Building the foundation is the key.

What inspires you to write your next song?
Usually what inspires me is the beat. When I hear certain tracks I catch this feeling in my body. Then I usually try to structure my track with the emotions that I feel.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
The first step that I usually take is two cups of coffee for sure. Without coffee consider my studio session rough. I run the studio here so I usually sit in the studio for hours on end vibing to tracks until I find the one. Once that happens I instantly begin brainstorming on how to approach the song.

What do you think makes a great song?
To make a great song I believe you have to have a powerful instrumental focus backed by deep meaningful lyrics. This causes people to be affected by both the music and the lyrics coming out of the artist’s mouth.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
CDbaby: www.cdbaby.com/skewb
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Skewb-886473818139500
Twitter: @skeewbaru
Instagram: @skeewbaru