“Today’s rap music is all about having a dope instrumental and mumbling words with Auto-Tune. The substance died. It’s a new generation. Folks do it for money. I do it for the love of it.”
Check out the interview with Smitroc exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Smitroc: I’ll say my journey kicked off when I was 15 years old. One of my childhood friends, who’s also a rapper, had a friend who had a studio. We linked up with him and I built a connection with his friend to where it felt like we were cousins. The three of us as a group released the Game Over mixtape in 2007. As we got older, we all went back to doing solo musical pursuits with our life.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I use word of mouth through internet usage. I stay consistent on creating music so I won’t be classified as a one hit wonder. I post music on websites like Twitter, YouTube, and play a snippet of songs on Instagram. I do shows here and there, but not as often because I’m behind the scenes working on my material.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
I’ll have to say getting the right connections. It’s all about people you know in the business. I overcome that challenge by working harder. My buzz will reach out in the world and then folks are going to start ringing my doorbell.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
I’m from Fairfield, CA and were known to “gas” on tracks. “Gas” is a slang word we use in the Bay Area for saying “you can rap hella good.” We have the #700 movement and we’re pushing it hard. The fans enjoy us Fairfield artists. Really nothing bad I can say except I wish we got better recognition.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
If we’re talking about rap then the answer is this: just based on the content I’m hearing right now, the future of music will be absolutely extinct. Today’s rap music is all about having a dope instrumental and mumbling words with Auto-Tune. The substance died. It’s a new generation. Folks do it for money. I do it for the love of it.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Always be humble. Never give up. I don’t care if your own mom or dad says that you can’t do it. Go against the grain and don’t be scared to make sacrifices. It will pay off. Don’t let the negative criticism affect your health. Follow your dreams and make it more than a reality. Don’t open up your trust to nobody. Keep that sealed in your heart.
What inspires you to write your next song?
I think about my loved ones and the love of this craft of music. I like the sound of a sick instrumental and I’m nodding my head to it. I can hear a song from a mainstream artist and I say to myself, “I need to get on that instrumental, it’s fire!” I think about the state of hip hop in the past vs. the current state of hip hop as of now.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
I make sure I don’t rush into creativity. It’s like I’m baking a cake. What kind of flavor cake do I want to make? Who do I want to have a piece of this cake? Should I even share this cake with anyone?
What do you think makes a great song?
Substance. When a song has meaning and we can relate to it, that’s what makes it great. Also, I think the artist has to be great as well too. Your writing could be superb, but if your voice is not outstanding that can be a change to your destiny.
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