“With very few supporters and a passion to do music, I took a leap of faith. Music’s in my heart and I believe this is what I’m meant to do. When you have purpose behind your motives, your world changes dramatically.”

Check out the interview with S$treetz (On Da Beatz) exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
In 2011 I made the decision to look at my career more seriously than I did in my previous years. I had to sacrifice a lot in the process. Old habits, friends, and destructive mind patterns that didn’t lead to any progression. With very few supporters and a passion to do music, I took a leap of faith. Music’s in my heart and I believe this is what I’m meant to do. When you have purpose behind your motives, your world changes dramatically.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
Lately I have been venturing off into the digital world and I am learning that the internet’s a powerful tool to use in order to get your voice heard by a lot of people. Making use of online radio stations, music blogs, and other powerful promotional outlets for music/videos are a huge help in today’s independent market for musicians of all kinds.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
Business itself is an important aspect of music, but it will always come down to creating high quality music. The way I overcome these challenges that I face is to stay consistent with my efforts with whatever I am doing. As long as I continue creating music with passion, the right things will come to me and the right people will hear me.

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 Cincinnati, OH has gotten better over the past few years. A lot of artists are coming together more than they have been in order to build a movement. I personally believe that we could use more diversity. It seems that once people get accustomed to a certain sound, they grab and hold onto it for way too long.

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 see music headed to a place of true connection. People are telling their stories on beautiful pieces of instrumentation or hardcore bass beats that vibrate enough to pull you into the experience. We are truly headed back to the sound aspect of music which I had believed to be forgotten for many years.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Stay humble, but stay hungry. Your work is never done. There’s no reason to slow up the pace on what you’re doing. You never know what opportunities are ready to be taken and it’s best to be prepared at all times.

What inspires you to write your next song?
My inspirations comes from many different sources involving new music, revising my own music, personal experiences, and even the personal experiences of those who are close to me. I convert inspiration into creativity.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
Lately I have been creating really good choruses that give me a direction for a song, although I can start in any order when it comes to making a song. Creating the beat first or the idea of the song first, then building the rest of the song.

What do you think makes a great song?
Something that speaks to the soul of the listener. People really have to feel your pain or really understand why you love that person you were writing about. It’s all about an emotional connection which brings people together.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/strzbtz
Facebook: www.facebook.com/StrzBtz
YouTube: www.youtube.com/LevlledUp
Twitter: @StrzBtz
Email: bookingLVLDUP@gmail.com