“Prepare to devote and invest a ridiculous amount of time, effort, and money.”
Check out the interview with Suede The DJ exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Suede The DJ: Poetry was a passion of mine. It sharpened the writing skills, but I really started going hard when I graduated college. I was one of the founders of my fraternity and was the DJ for our events. I joined Platinum Entertainment and got experience working concerts with artists such as 2Chainz, Dada Life, Cazzette, Kids Ink and Lil Uzi. Being a DJ was like flirting with an old girlfriend because as much as I loved it, spinning just made me want to rap again.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Prepare to devote and invest a ridiculous amount of time, effort, and money. I place a lot of emphasis on the ridiculous part. There is so much to be done before you may ever make a cent from entertainment, especially when it comes to music. Before you see any progress you may want to quit 10 times.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
My willingness to post on social media. Being a successful artist requires consistent interaction and social media presence and personally I just feel annoying. I just don’t feel like people wanna see my ugly ass on their news feed that often. I’m also very low key about my life in general, so it’s always been difficult for me to be open on those platforms.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
For me personally I like to hand out CDs. It would have been even more efficient a decade or more ago but CDs are definitely not as obsolete as some think. I get to actually meet some of these people and see them face to face. Every CD is signed and packaged well with an official cover.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I can’t even claim a city. I grew up in St. Lucia and then moved to East Providence, RI. Providence I would say is your typical north eastern American city. Music wise we got all the talent you would need, but the culture is just starting to bubble to a respectable point. I got a lot of faith in Providence.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
25 years old. Nothing more nothing less. I don’t think I’m at a make or break point but that’s even more reason to go hard to me. Either way, what I’m saying is at that point I would be a little over 2 years in the game so I wouldn’t be shocked if I was still struggling to get a buzz or if I was headlining a huge concert in East bumfuck Nebraska.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My mom for sure. I tell people all the time I feel like I was raised by a man as opposed to a single mother sometimes. My biggest inspiration though is any rapper more successful than me. I always think of what’s holding me back and then I stop to think of other rappers and their situations. They overcame those struggles and succeeded.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
If your answer is no then I would say either you don’t like music or you’re fucking lazy or don’t put in the effort to find music that you would. If you know you’re weird like I am with a lot of things, then don’t blame the mainstream. We’re the ones with the weird preference lol. All in all, yeah, there’s a lot of modern music that I like.