“The fact that when I first embarked on this music journey, everybody I told thought it was a joke.”

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

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
It started at a young age, ever since I first listened to rap and hip hop as a kid I’ve been hooked. I didn’t start taking making music seriously until I went Afghanistan in 2011 with the Army. There I can say I officially embarked on this music journey.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I use all the popular social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, but I also use Reverbnation and Soundcloud.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
I’d say it’s the fact that nobody knows what “good” music is anymore. The industry is saturated with artists that make the same type of music. I overcome it by constantly working to give fans great music that isn’t the same as the last fifteen tracks you heard on the radio.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
I’m from Tampa, FL but I currently live in Beaumont, TX, about an hour and a half from Houston. The music scene in Tampa has a peak, once you hit it it’s like you can go no farther. But I love my city and always will. The only thing I don’t like is nobody works together to reach a common cause which is success.

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 up in the air right now. You still have true artists and lyricists, but more and more so-called rappers and artists are painting the wrong picture about what hip hop is. Artists can be more a part of it by making good music that isn’t trash.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
I’m still up and coming myself, but I would say keep working and promoting especially through the internet. Sometimes in order to reach a wider audience you have to leave your hometown and branch out to people that haven’t known you your whole life.

What inspires you to write your next song?
The fact that when I first embarked on this music journey, everybody I told thought it was a joke. So I use that as my motivation and keep going. It’s like a “f” you to the ones that doubted me.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
First I find a beat that I like or have one made. I listen to it and start writing the hook, then the verses. Then it’s basically recording it and I’m done. I’m also drinking and smoking while creating my song.

What do you think makes a great song?
Definitely something that people can relate to. Good quality sound and good lyrics.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/stefan813
Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/stefandeck813
Twitter: @stefan_813
Instagram: @stefan813