“I work dead end jobs and hustle to provide for myself and my art.”
Check out the interview with STAAN exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
STAAN: My brother is really to blame for all of this (shout out Jabo). I started recording trash songs when I was about 15. From there he told me to download FL Studio and I began learning how to make beats. I’ve been playing instruments a little since I was a kid. I played baritone in middle and high school, the glockenspiel in marching band, and I know how to play the black keys on the piano. Other than that, I just use FL Studio.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
I find that starting with people you know first is most successful for me. But networking through social media, in real life etc.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I just want to be a cultural icon. I want to start new trends in life. I care more about life than being an artist, but art imitates life and the stuff out right now is garbage; life is pretty much garbage right now. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of good things and good artists in life, a lot of the attention is getting put on the negative side of things.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
Probably getting the proper exposure. Finding and networking with the right people. Having a budget too. I’m learning it costs money to be in this biz, a lot more than I have. I work dead end jobs and hustle to provide for myself and my art.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
I’ve only been living here in New Brunswick for about a year. I’m in a rehab so that’s all I know about the city. It’s right on the Rutgers campus. It’s iight. I haven’t really seen too much.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Stay true to you, don’t give into the norm, weird is the new trend. At least that’s what I think.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
I met this guy named Skizzy Mars, real humble dude, and he taught me a lot about being in the biz. (shout out Myles)
What is your inspiration?
Nature, my family, the life I’ve lived. The people around me, life itself, the world, Lil B, Tyler, the Creator. My Ex. Sex. I used to do a lot of drugs too. Myself, depression.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
I feel you can be successful if you really put your mind to it. There’s so many different waves to ride and so many to create. Life is too vast to limit yourself to one thing or lane. Just be you, the authentic you.
Where can we find you on social media?