“The industry takes notice to hard working artists who are willing to invest in themselves …”
Check out the interview with Slim Dougin exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Slim Dougin: I have been doing music since I was 12 years old. I started out freestyling with the boys on the front porch. At first I didn’t take it as serious as I should have because I didn’t believe in me how I should have. As I got older I realized that the only person stopping me from greatness was me .So I’ve been doing open mics and putting out songs as much as possible and trying to get the right person to hear what I have to offer.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
I would have to say I believe doing open mics and engaging with the public is the best way to promote yourself. Social media is great, don’t get me wrong, but when you engage with the public on stage they tend to get a better feel of who you are as an artist – not just what your music sounds like.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I want to be a superstar of course, but I want to be a positive influence to the youth and our future leaders. Seems people have gotten away from doing things like that. I strive to be different and unique, so when you hear me you know it’s Slim Dougin.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
Finding somebody who will give you a chance and you can trust. Everybody wants to “make it” nowadays, there’s a lot of competition and hating going on.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
I’m from a small town in North Carolina named Beaufort. It’s very slow here and the music scene is almost nonexistent. Beautiful place to live, very quiet with great beaches and views. Most people love it here.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Never stop grinding. When you think you’re going hard, go harder. The industry takes notice to hard working artists who are willing to invest in themselves because you can’t expect somebody to invest in you if you won’t invest in you.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
Making my first music videos. Definitely one of the best moments of my career so far.
What is your inspiration?
My inspiration is definitely my family. We’ve been through so much together and they support me one hundred percent. I’m trying to change my circumstances as well as my family.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Yes. To be honest I don’t like a lot of rappers these days. I’m more old school, but some of these guys I feel like if they made it anybody can do it; just need one good idea.