“The hardest thing about this business is that it is a business. As an artist I focus on the craft and the quality of my material. Executives are focused on numbers. I don’t compete with numbers nor other artists who don’t deserve to be called artists. I am a lyricist, I don’t look at my craft as a business.”
Check out the interview with Steven Q The Geek exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Steven Q The Geek: I was in the third grade when I was first introduced to poetry. I won a poetry concert when I was about 8 and got the poem published in a book. I never stopped writing. In 2010 while on active duty in Yokosuka, Japan I got a call from DJ Cocoa Chanelle who eneded up hosting my first mixtape The GarawgeBand Files Pt. 1. DJ Killatouch did Pt. 2 and the third was independent. The GarawgeBand Files Pt. 4 Drunk Words & Sober Thoughts was hosted by DJ Gemstarr.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
Demand attention instead of asking for it. People have short attention spans these days. Twitter has given me positive feedback. Regardless of the amount of followers you have, you need to know who you are marketing to. Know your age bracket, and be consistent.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I want to be known as one of the greatest, simple as that. I don’t want the star power I’m in this for the art. The fads come and go but the roots of hip hop are what I represent. I will reach my goal, end of story!
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
The hardest thing about this business is that it is a business. As an artist I focus on the craft and the quality of my material. Executives are focused on numbers. I don’t compete with numbers nor other artists who don’t deserve to be called artists. I am a lyricist, I don’t look at my craft as a business.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
I’m in New Orleans now. I haven’t been back to Philly in a long time. They like a little of everything here. Lil Wayne isn’t as popular here as I expected. I have only been here for a year. I’m in the Army reserve now and I have a government job. I don’t travel too much because of the kids and work, but I have had fun here.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Stick to your guns. It’s good to evolve but do it on your own time. Trying to be something you are not has never been cool.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
The best is probably my first mixtape. No one heard it or even cared it was out, but it was a milestone for me. The fact a legend, DJ Cocoa Chanelle, called me and was willing to help me gave me a major boost in confidence.
What is your inspiration?
Life is my inspiration. My sons Destin and Daylen. Chuck Taylor’s, Jack Daniels, and beautiful women too.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Success differs from person to person. My idea of success is to put out a classic album, buy an average house, and relax. Another guy might want more. If you look at it like that it is possible for anyone to be successful. Realistically you need a combination of things to work for you in order to make it.
Where can we find you on social media?