“The future of music; music has no end. It’s a continuous loop. I do believe we are approaching that early 90’s era again, and its very exciting to me 🙂 Artists can soak in the moment. Don’t let the time be tainted. Put out good music for good people that’s it…”

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

SKILLY: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Skillz: For me it started in early 2008. I wasn’t really serious and had gathered with some friends to create a group called T.O.P. (Threshold of Pain). After doing a couple songs and hearing the end result, I thought I’d have to pursue this. Since the other people in the group still were not as serious, I broke off and created a label I could rap under; Lostboiz Ent.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
I’d say the greatest challenge today is the business itself. At least for conscious rappers, poets, and emcees (anyone not just spitting whoo blaahh). The business seems as if it’s geared for no positive entertainment, even the entertainment that is considered neutral is being rejected by the industry. So sometimes it feels independents of the sort have no where to fit in. Either way, overcoming this is a simple task for me. I do this for the people who do hear it, and when it’s the right time, I’m sure I’ll be heard by the masses.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
To be honest I’m from an area in the Chicago burbs known as Lake County, and the music scene is lit there. We have tons of talent. And it’s a pretty diverse mix. The things I like about music in my home town is how we are all crammed into this tiny spot right next to Chicago. A lot of the times I feel the drive in artists are amplified knowing we have plenty of opportunity living so close to Chi-Town. Some of the things I dont like is the segregation. With all of us crammed in one area battling to be seen, it’s caused a lot of us to only mess with “this” artist or “these artists” (myself guilty as well). When in all reality we should be working on coming together to put our area more on the map.

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; music has no end. It’s a continuous loop. I do believe we are approaching that early 90’s era again, and its very exciting to me 🙂 Artists can soak in the moment. Don’t let the time be tainted. Put out good music for good people that’s it.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I really like to involve my listeners, so a lot of my music in general is promotion for the listener to hear. Rather it’s a good anime that I’ve watched. A video game reference; stuff like that. Also on my upcoming project #1KBIRDS, I’ve chosen to feature a bunch of my fans and listeners in the videos; also in skits and songs from the tape.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Keep at it. The second you give up is when you choose not to be winning. Also, don’t worry too much about winning until you win.

What inspires you to write your next song?
Life, my family, daily situations, and certain moods or vibes I catch.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
At the moment, I’ve just been dropping quick studio mixes, nothing from my project. I usually get or find a beat and get medicated while just zoning, feeling the beat, listening to it. Most of the time I’ll come up with a couple of words I like saying on the instrumental, and then boom, pen to the pad I start writing. After that it just comes, how ever long later I have a song ready. I get it mixed, and drop it on the Soundcloud.

What do you think makes a great song?
A story or something the listeners can relate to is what makes a good song. The truth is I myself like hearing real rap, if you’re faking what your saying, I’m automatically not with it.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Sure, I can be tweeted @ https://twitter.com/Chicago_Skillz
Soundcloud: Soundcloud.com/SkillzNinja
YouTube: Youtube.com/TheChicagoSkillz
Facebook: Facebook.com/Lostboiz.skillz
And, for booking and inquires, please e-mail TheChicagoskillz@gmail.com

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