“Remain patient, eventually opportunity will knock on your door and you got to answer that if you really want it.”

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

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Snypes: I first picked up a pen living in Miami, FL at a young age. Then I moved to Avon Park, FL and recorded my first song when I was maybe 13 or 14. Eventually I moved to California and was introduced to my engineer Looselyric who played a major role in me getting a distribution deal and owning my own labe.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
As far as promoting, I’m still new to that and learning. I would definitely say networking and social media these days are key focal points. Show support to other artists and some will also show support and share your music.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
A big thing is getting people to hear you because everyone wants to be a rapper now, but you have to have that it factor. I personally overcome these challenges by keeping the grind steady and being humble can play a big role.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
In Avon Park you have artists who work 24/7 on their craft and they are known there because of that just as I am. In Miami you have artists that live this life because they have nothing else and depend on this skill set to make it. I like the fact that every one has their own sound and are flourishing.

Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
Hip hop isn’t going away anytime soon, it evolves with each generation. I’d say there’s a bright future for music in general. Any upcoming artists need to stay focused, persistent, and consistent. If you want it you need to go out there and get it.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
These days social media does everything and plays a major role in getting you a decent fan base, take advantage of that. Remain patient, eventually opportunity will knock on your door and you got to answer that if you really want it.

What inspires you to write your next song?
Inspiration for me comes in a few forms. My experiences, experiences of others, and how I feel at the moment. Sometimes the littlest thing can motivate me. Right now I’m focusing on my debut single and I’m listening the beats. Then all of a sudden an idea or concept is born.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
The first thing I do is listen to a beat. Then I think of a concept and find the direction I want to take. Next is actually the fun part, playing with the song structure and finding the perfect way to say things. You start writing going over the lyrics and analyzing every aspect of it.

What do you think makes a great song?
In this day and age it pays to be different and have your own sound. For me I like to have areas where I strive at like throwing hard delivering punch lines or metaphors. I think lyricism is something that will bring hip hop to its peak. It’s different for everybody though, you have to find what you like.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Facebook: www.facebook.com/john.chittum.12
Twitter: @DefinitiveBeing
Instagram: @Jaycee_91
Snapchat: @Snypes