“Although I feel the music world is ready for pretty much anyone to succeed, the world itself may not be ready for anyone to find their voice or their true selves within the world of music.”
Check out the interview with SoGravvy Productions exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Peter: SoGravvy Productions is the brainchild of Lenni Linguini (co-ceo, co-owner, instrumentalist) and Billy Bisqqit(co-ceo, co-owner, vocalist, singer/songwriter). Peter Pretzelz (poet, writer, wordsmith) officially joined the SoGravvy movement a little while after and as a trio we have continued the Gravvy journey to change the world. We’ve been through many ups and downs throughout our history in the music scene- from artists failing to work with us to finally putting together and hosting our own event.
Lenni: When Billy and I were making moves on our own because we felt we could move faster and we had just grabbed a new mic that I was testing out. The sound of the new mic was so crisp that it sounded like Gravvy . Haha and we ran with it, made it a brand, and started to record songs. Then we met Billy.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
Peter: Constantly give access to your art. Share your art with as many people as possible as often as possible. Don’t fear rejection, embrace challenges.
Lenni: Brand yourself as an artist. That way you make your own choices. You can create an image for yourself and have something that is going to represent you when you’re not there.
Billy: To me, the best way is to kill the stage, the booth, the streets, wherever his or her talent has the opportunity to shine. At the end of the day, words are just words, and pictures are just pictures. When we cut away all the fluff, what are we left with? Hopefully not a fraud.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
Peter: We want to make a difference. To give the youth the hope that they can become something without selling out. Personally I want to create open mic clubs for the youth to have the chance to promote, brainstorm, and create their art without fear of rejection or judgment.
Lenni: I want to be able to say we did it. We made it. We started something and we saw it all the way up till this point as still moving forward. I ultimately want to be the #Gravvy Guy.
Billy: I agree with both of my brothers, and don’t want to sound redundant; but in the twilight of my days as an old, Black comedian, I wanna look back and say, “Damn. Our Social Gravvy experiment was a success. We managed to become a part of the culture!”
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
Peter: The hardest thing about being in the music business for me is the fact that very few people wish to support you unless you are an already made mainstream artist.
Lenni: It’s easy to make music, put a production together but it doesn’t stop there! You have to promote it, get a backing behind the record, and drop the record. Then you have to sell the record.
Billy: Sticking to your convictions. With how fast this music industry moves it gets tempting to want to switch up to fit. I never understood its nature until we started pushing SoGravvy forward.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall? Peter: Boston is a beautiful city with beautiful art at any given time but sometimes it seems as if it is restraining people from spreading their wings.
Lenni: Boston as a whole doesn’t support each other to the point where Cousin Stizz has no idea who is in the city. We need to come together as a city and build a better Boston!
Billy: I love the hub! It’s rustic and futuristic at the same damn time! But like my brothers are implying, it’s hard for music, especially hip-hop, to flourish. That’s a stigma we actively aim to eliminate.
What is some advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Peter: Continue to grow. Constant growth is not necessarily always doing better than your last time, it is more often learning from past mistakes and failures.
Lenni: Connect with the people around you and build those strong connections because they are needed to gain support.
Billy: Stick to your guns and keep em clean! Don’t let others get into your head.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
Peter: Simply joining my brothers on this journey.
Lenni: Meeting this guy Slymm on Psn and talking to him about really trying to make it not only as a music label but as a brand as a business as something we can take globally if not universally. By meeting this guy Slymm on Psn he was able to give us the necessary belief as well as the necessary starting tools to start our journey!
Billy: Starting the Gravvy Wave with my guys!
What is your inspiration?
Peter: My inspiration is art. To constantly create art to take care of my family and find success.
Lenni: Life. Literally if something happens to me it’s somehow shaped or molded into the next project or endeavor that we take as a team!
Billy: My family and loved ones in general. There’s so much art in love.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Peter: One simply has to be willing to grasp it and desire success more than they fear failure. Although I feel the music world is ready for pretty much anyone to succeed, the world itself may not be ready for anyone to find their voice or their true selves within the world of music.
Lenni: Anyone can be successful! It’s all about how you move and how you carry yourself.
Billy: With today’s technologies and instant access to millions of people, anybody can get it! But the caveat to that is, you gotta go 100x as hard just to get through the crowd.
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