“Stay positive and stay humble and be patient because it’s not going to happen overnight and most importantly get organized especially if you’re doing everything all by yourself.”
Check out the interview with Slim Immaculate exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Slim Immaculate: I was able to start my journey in the entertainment business by placing myself in the business by myself. I meet DMC from RUN-DMC and he told me to do everything by myself, on my own, and that’s what I been doing since I started.
This journey started when I was a shorty hearing my mom sing all the time. I started to sing then it went on from there. It went from singing to writing to rapping and recording all throughout middle school and high school.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
Some of the creative ways I use to promote my music is through every social media outlet, word of mouth, passing out CDs, t- shirts, flyers, networking with other artist and networking with people. Hitting up colleges, talking to students to get the word out. Wearing t-shirts that catch people’s attention. It’s on from there.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
The greatest challenge I face right now in today’s entertainment business would probably be keeping up with everything because I’m doing everything all by myself. I overcome those challenges by working harder and focusing harder and doing everything that I can to better myself and my artistry.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
The music scene in my hometown of Chicago is crazy, it’s diverse. Some people like drill music, that’s really hot right now, and some like conscious music. Some prefer real hip hop, but overall it’s a mixture of music; both good and bad.
What I like most about the music scene in my hometown is seeing talent make it up outta here. You got tons of artists coming up out of Chicago making a name for themselves. What I don’t like about the music scene here is that a lot people think we’re all about drill music. I don’t have a problem with drill music, I like it but that’s not what every artist raps about that’s from Chicago.
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 think the future of music is going to be at the forefront of everything like it is now because music plays a big part in just about everything that’s going on. I feel artists can be more a part of what’s going on now and in the future is by staying in tune and up to date. Just being aware of what’s going on.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
The advice that I would give to upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success is to keep grinding and don’t quit or give up on your dreams and your passion. Master your craft and always believe in yourself. Stay positive and stay humble and be patient because it’s not going to happen overnight and most importantly get organized especially if you’re doing everything all by yourself.
What inspires you to write your next song?
What inspires me to write my next song would be fans wanting to hear more of my music. Certain situations in life that I’ve been through. The thought of getting my songs played on the radio for the first time. All the different avenues and possibilities that can come my way just by expressing how I feel in writing songs. The thought of touring and doing shows and getting signed maybe. The crime and the murders in my city along with the injustice that there inspires me. I’m the voice for my people.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
Some steps I use to make a song would be just finding a raw track. I listen to it for a while then freestyle to it first. Then write to it. I make sure I’m alone when I’m writing and rapping and singing so I can get everything out of me that’s trying to come out. Also, just getting comfortable and getting loose unwinding. Having everything that I need right there with me from dictionaries to drinks.
What do you think makes a great song?
What I think makes a great song is writing from the heart and using your mind to be creative. Of course the beat and the words you put behind it and how different it sounds from all the other songs. Also having a subject to write about and staying on subject helps out a great deal. Along with getting in the zone where all you hear is the beat then the words start to flow out. I think the words and beat make a great song and how you spit it out along with the production behind it.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
CD Baby: @slimimmaculate