“Inspiration will just come and hit me out of nowhere. It’s just this feeling you get that you know at that point in time you can make something great.”

Check out the interview with $kie exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
I’ve always been heavily involved in music. My pops is an audio engineer and that’s where the journey really started. I really dig the art of creation. That’s why I love music, you can express yourself any way you want to without someone telling you if you’re right or wrong. But the real journey that I want to take hasn’t even started yet.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
Mostly through social media and other online media outlets. It’s tough promoting that way because of the abundance of mediocre artists doing the same thing. As of late I’m really stepping away from any promo at all because if you make something good enough people will find it either way.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
Getting exposure. Most of these artists that get mass exposure are paying stupid money for it or they know someone. That’s what got me fucked up about the music industry.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
Rochester, NY’s scene is dope! For the most part you only hear music coming from big cities (Brooklyn, Atlanta, Chicago, and Toronto), but I feel like we could be the next major city. Different shows, different genres, festivals, etc. are always happening. I really dig our city because it’s so diverse.

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 hope the future of music reverts back into playing actual instruments. Don’t get me wrong, I love 808s and sampling, but you can’t beat the vibe some musicians can give. I’m heavily influenced by The Roots and early Outkast, personally that’s what I think hip hop should be.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Don’t bite no one’s style, just be you and make music that you like.

What inspires you to write your next song?
Inspiration will just come and hit me out of nowhere. It’s just this feeling you get that you know at that point in time you can make something great. Little things could inspire me like just seeing something you haven’t seen before on your drive home or being in a new atmosphere. Inspiration always comes out of nowhere.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
It’s different for every song depending on my idea for the song and my mind state when I’m creating. Usually I’ll get a hook down and then go from there. It’s just all about creation. There’s no right or wrong way to do it.

What do you think makes a great song?
The number one thing that makes a song great is the production value. If you have a great song, but the quality of it is not good then no one is going to listen. It’s also all about the vibe. You can really tell when an artist’s feeling their own music versus doing it just to do it and that makes all the difference.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/therealskie
Facebook: www.facebook.com/therealskie
Twitter: @therealskie_
Instagram: @therealskie
Email: elijahsrichards@gmail.com