“You can’t please everyone, so just focus on you. Internal validation is more vital than external validation.”
Check out the interview with Speakea5y exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Speakea5y: Music has always been a part of my life. I started producing way back in high school. I made some trance stuff and some chill electronica, but by this point in my life I was really into hip hop. So I dove into the genre and it’s what I’ve been focusing on ever since. I produce my own beats in Ableton, write my own lyrics, record in my own studio, and create my own album art.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
Always have content to push. Always have more in the pipeline. Find a way to reach the people who give a fuck about what you’re creating.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I just want to make dope art. I want to create something that will outlast me, and I want it to change people’s lives. Everyone has songs that they associate with specific periods of their lives. I feel honored and humbled by people who use my music as a bookmark in their life’s story.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
Probably the crippling self-doubt.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
I love living here, but Miami is a weird place. I see it as two stories. The first is the one the media portrays: a beach paradise where the rich come to play. Then there’s this second story: the story of people like me who see the true potential of this place and who are done with squandering it. I want to raise my city’s bar for creative output.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
You can’t please everyone, so just focus on you. Internal validation is more vital than external validation. Respect your craft, respect your art, learn it, and learn from the successes and failures of others. Always keep growing. Push yourself to make weird shit. Post often on social media. Work with musicians who are better than you. Have a release plan.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
That’s hard to say. I guess finding a team that I trust. I truly believe that if you surround yourself with enough motivated talent, the dopeness is inevitable. If I had to narrow it down, I’d say meeting my current manager was the biggest turning point of my career so far.
What is your inspiration?
I draw inspiration from my mother who sacrificed so much. She was a phenomenal artist who dreamed of one day opening her own gallery, but she gave up on those dreams so she could raise me in America. When she passed the loss was worse than I could ever describe. I want to release my art for her. She motivates me and inspires me to keep pushing.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Depends on your definition of success. For me, success in music (or any art form) comes when the artist has pushed a boundary, done something new, intriguing, or brave. My definition of success is not followers, plays, or dollars. So, no, I don’t think anyone can be successful in music because a lot of us aren’t brave enough to try something new.