“I think the new artists coming out of my city are doing exactly what they’re supposed to be doing, pushing the culture forward.”

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

Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
It all started when I tried to record the “Renegade” beat and myself at the same time on a sound recorder at 14. I even left Jay and Em on it to sound like they put me on the remix. After that my boys and I swore we were rappers. Dellz was the first to get Protools and help us record tracks in the crib. We never stopped and are still working on it.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
My biggest advice is the internet, anything you ever want to know or learn about music from the theory of it to production to tutorials on how to make a whole song is on it. Do your research kids and utilize the internet. The young kids are smart, they just need to apply that to studying and focus.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Finding the balance between real life struggles and hardships and making music and putting it out. It’s a challenge to keep your composure under the stress and pressures of everyday life. My goal is to maintain and remain consistent once I get the ball rolling.

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 to promote and advertise your music is taking your own money however you have been making it and invest in promotion and advertisement. Think about the average living expenses except with this investment you are rewarded with credibility and compensation in a thriving business.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
The Empire State. The Rotten Apple. As you know NYC hasn’t been prominent in the hip hop world for quite some time now. I think the new artists coming out of my city are doing exactly what they’re supposed to be doing, pushing the culture forward. The fans of NYC are the heart of the youth. They will let you know if its “lit” or a “dud.”

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
Hopefully getting a steady income off music. With hard work and dedication like anything else in life, I’m definitely trying to work my way from the bottom. You might see me on a couple blogs, hip hop sites, cyphers, but I’d rather be a household name for making great music. My ultimate goal in one year is to definitely have an album or two out.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My late cousin Eddie “Bane Of Ruin” Smith. He actually influenced me to rap. I looked up to him for his crazy killer metaphors and multi syllable rhyme schemes. Everything I know stemmed from him. Now that he’s gone I definitely want to continue pushing that dream.

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I definitely feel like the music of today is lacking creativity and substance. A Lot of the music coming out of the south is over saturating hip hop culture with that trendy sound they call trap or 808 “slappers.” I do like what’s coming out the west a lot, I feel like they’re on top.

Where can we contact you and find you online?
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/suavegemstar
Facebook: www.facebook.com/realsuavegemstar
Twitter: @suavelife_718
Instagram: @suave_ats