“I feel that everyone needs a cast behind them doing the same thing. They give the right advice when it’s needed and to see them fight for what they want makes me go harder.”
Check out the interview with $tack$ exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
$tack$: Music became a part of my daily life at around 7 or 8 years old. I first started in a choir under my parental supervision until I was 14 years old. My brothers and I used to have our own radio show inside of our room and play local radio stations on a cassette and record rapping, intermissions, and real radio interviews of each other. Then I started rapping and creating my own songs at 15 and stuck to it. Now I’m releasing my debut album.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
I would have to say that as an artist you have to stick to what comes to you naturally. Be you in everything you do. That keeps your music genuine. Don’t let anybody try and live their dreams through you. Make sure this is what you want to do and go hard with it like it’s going to be your last meal. God has a plan for us all, we just have to be patient and go after opportunities. The rest will be set up for us in the path we take to success.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
The hardest task and challenges have to be getting the support system you need. A lot of times it seems, and is a reality, that you are in this alone or by yourself. You have to recognize though that you have to want to be great for yourself at the end of the day. This lifestyle has a lot of sacrifices that you need to make. And if you never make them, you won’t get far. Every bit of time counts being an artist.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
The best way is in person. I like social media, but if you’re not a well-known artist or someone that’s gotten the tools to go viral, you really won’t get people to listen to your material. Plus dealing with fans in person gives you the chance to connect with them and let them know more about you. You have to start somewhere and build your name up from the bottom so people will then share your posts. Other than that, money talks in the music world. If you want something done, you have to have money to back you.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I’m from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. My city is big enough to support our own artists. If you are a hot artist you can really get your name out there if they back you. We really don’t have the unity and support that we should be getting from the people we know.
We actually have some very talented youth here that are really pushing at the same time. It won’t be long before we make it known that Milwaukee music is here and we are here to stay in the mainstream world. Such artists as IshDarr and Wave Chappelle are two that come to mind at the moment.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
On the road doing what I love and not worrying about whether to clock in on time to a job or go to school. Basically doing music, shows, having family time, and impacting lives on my time and expense.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My parents were and are my biggest inspirations. They push me to limits that I didn’t know I have in me. I feel that everyone needs a cast behind them doing the same thing. They give the right advice when it’s needed and to see them fight for what they want makes me go harder.
Music wise, I love a lot of artists but I would have to say the leader of the new school is Drake himself. He inspires me to keep creating and refreshing my sounds. You can’t be afraid to try something new. Listening to his debut music to his music now gives me so much ambition and aspirations to get better and distinguish myself from others.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
The music today is pretty good. My favorite music is relationship music of any sort because it can relate to a lot of people going through or even in a similar situation. As far as the other music, I feel that the music is just based off of what the people want to hear. There are a lot of dope artist though that are out.
Where can we contact you and find you online?
Facebook: @Tajh Virgil | @Stacks
YouTube: @Tajh Virgil
Instagram: @Tajh Virgil