“You are the creator. Make sure you own all your masters and your singles. Build a team and a budget. Create as much music as possible. Marketing is key.”

Check out the interview with Swaggdad Himself exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Swaggdad Himself: My whole life music has been around me. Both of my uncles were DJs. My mom was in the choir and my aunt sung at church as well. I was introduced to rap by cousin at 9. They would get me to freestyle with them because they were rappers.

What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
I think just keeping content. Staying active with fans as much as possible. Keeping my website up to par with content and visuals.

What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I want to become a CEO of a label that manages and signs various styles of music from rock to rap to gospel – I mean whatever. I want to be able to shift hip hop culture to a more uplifting side.

What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
I would say trusting people with your career whether it’s a contract with your manager or the club owner. It’s hard to trust people and may I add maintaining a budget with very few resources you have to devoted.

What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
First and foremost, I love my city. My city is in a time of need of guidance and wisdom. It’s like any other city, you have good and bad. It’s your life though, not the city’s. I believe there’s a lot of talent in Chattanooga. Vinnie The Shark and Lil Peanut were the artists that were on the verge of blowing independently in the late 90’s and Isaiah signed with TDE. So no excuses. There’s a chance to make it out with music.

What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
You are the creator. Make sure you own all your masters and your singles. Build a team and a budget. Create as much music as possible. Marketing is key.

What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
I think flying to LA; I’ve never been to Cali before. Shooting my “Flawless” and “Amen” Videos. Being able to sell a single on Google play featuring Lex Luger.

What is your inspiration?
Music is my inspiration. Music inspires me to create. The fact that I could live how I want and do what I want to. Raising my kids how I want inspires me too.

Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
No, I don’t think just anyone could this. It’s hard work. Look at all the people that got money or success and blew it like a whistle.

Where can we find you on social media?
Official Website: www.Swaggdad.com
Facebook: @SwaggdadHimself
Instagram: @SwaggdadHimself
Twitter: @SwaggdadHimself

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