“As long as you stay true to your dreams and maintain focus, the sky is the limit.”

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

Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
As a kid growing up I used to love to make others smile and be happy. Then I came to realize that I love to entertain and didn’t know what specific area to specialize in. I stumbled across a mini laptop and a group of friends that were passionate about music as much as I was. It was only a matter of time and rhymes every day after school that became a routine. A positive habit that kept us out of trouble.

What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
Find the spotlights and attractions of your specific genre nearby or far off. Create a movement. I was always told growing up that good things come to those that wait and have patience, but only thing that comes to a sleeper is a dream. Create awareness and keep consistent by any means necessary.

What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
A man of business, independent for the most that is. A leader that spreads positive overall. Everyone wants to be the next king of hip hop, but I just want to bring real hip hop back. Minimize violence and maximize lessons learned through lyrical content on behalf of my own trials and tribulations. Work with industry pros to invent and create the next set of popular trends.

What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
One of the most difficult tasks in the music industry is staying true to yourself. Gaining a breakthrough as an independent artist could also be a difficult task to accomplish. Most people give up right before it’s their time to shine. Staying focused is the key as an artist and the nightlife can be tempting, but do not let that stop or slow down your success.

What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
Beech Island, SC is a small city, but is full of raw undiscovered talent. We learned to stick together and take advantage of any music opportunity that may be thrown our way. Being the fact we are located right on the SC and GA borderline downtown Augusta is one of the best music scenes in and around the city. One of the best places to look into when you retire and ready to settle.

What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Know yourself well enough before working on and building character as an artist. Don’t waste valuable time pretending to be something or someone you’re not. Take advantage of anything or event you may come across. Most importantly, never be late and arrive a few minutes earlier than the expected time.

What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
One of the plenty things that made me most successful throughout my music career was being discovered. After being selected as an Alimni of IMTA NYC in (2013), it wasn’t long after I found myself on a one way flight from ATL to LAX. There I began immediately networking with industry professionals. It was then only a matter of time before I started doing shows in and around the LA/Hollywood area.

What is your inspiration?
One of my biggest inspirations when it comes to music is my parents. I’ve never been a witness to them giving up on anything. It is safe to say that’s where my ambition drive comes from. My fans keep me on my toes as well because it’s always a good feeling when you can up lift the next person from your own past experiences.

Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
I feel that anybody with the correct blueprint and marketing materials will be successful in today’s world of music. As long as you stay true to your dreams and maintain focus, the sky is the limit. However, if you think that taking shortcuts will help you be successful in the industry you might want to find an easier career.

Where can we find you on social media?
Official website: www.numberonemusic.com/slugga
Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/sluggatheofficial
YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCJGZuHtAPymJnWp0g4DRWAg
Facebook: @kendrickjohnson or @sluggatheofficial
Twitter: @SluggaTheReal
Instagram: @iamsluggatheofficial