“… to me what makes up a great song, not just a great sounding song, is the substance, energy, talent, passion, and years of hard work and training being put into a song.”

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

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
It all started with my environment and mainly who I wanted to be. Ever since I was young I always wanted to do something a little more than ordinary. Even if it was just sports I didn’t want to just play, I wanted to be the best. It was sometimes detrimental to my growth or I guess friendships back then. I really think that’s where I get all my motivation and ambition from. Just wanting to be the best, and proving people wrong along the way that doubted me.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
Social media, that’s all I feel I hear but truthfully I think that’s only the half of it. if I do use social media, a lot of times I like to personally message people I know listen to my music to receive feedback. Also reaching out to producers and other rappers just to network is pretty cool.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
The biggest and greatest challenge I face in today’s entertainment business is that everybody wants to become a rapper. Not because they love it but because they see it as a hustle and a form of income. That’s where I cross the line because music to me was a beautiful thing I came across and became passionate for when I was at my lowest points in life.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
The music scene in my hometown is in need of serious improvement. We have so much untapped potential where I am at it’s crazy. If only there was a platform in the NW where all the artists could come together and help each other think of new ideas to grow and expand each other’s fan base/following we could all get to where we want to be.

Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
I think the future of music is sadly becoming more and more electronic and less actual talent is going into learning instruments and cadences/rhythms. It’s more about just making it have a ring to the ear. Artists can be more a part of it by not supporting music that just degrades the culture as a whole.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Don’t give up on what you love and never do something to fit in with a sea of people. Make your own waves, don’t ride someone else’s. Be yourself and appreciate all the little support you get. It all adds up to the bigger picture and one day you’ll be looking back wondering what the hell happened to time if you aren’t always thankful with what you got.

What inspires you to write your next song?
Waking up, the sun, the moon, my family, friends, fans, just everything that I can think of.. I have hundreds of ideas inside of my head running constantly and only few of them survive the writing/recording phase before I start working on a new song. Only few of the multiple songs I make during a time period get released now.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
Meditation, focus, passion, and just loving what I am doing at that time; something I came up with when I was in a higher- calmer state of mind, or even in a lower-angry state of mind. Usually if I’m making the beat it starts with that, or finding a beat. Since I’ve been producing more I am learning to cater my beats to my actually feelings before I make a song.

What do you think makes a great song?
Passion for the craft. I think anybody can make a great sounding song. Anyone can make a song that people enjoy and will listen to a few times, but to me what makes up a great song, not just a great sounding song, is the substance, energy, talent, passion, and years of hard work and training being put into a song.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/steelokey
Facebook: www.facebook.com/steelo702
Twitter: www.twitter.com/steelokey
Instagram: www.instagram.com/steelokey