“Success comes not from being what you see others being, but from being who God made you to be. That’s true success.”

Check out the interview with Tasha Karelle exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Tasha Karelle:
It all started at a young age. I was probably around eleven years old when I first started writing music lyrics. I was that kid that stayed in the house all day to watch TV or to listen to music. I remember loving to write stories about any and everything, then somehow along the way those stories turned into lyrics.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
As of right now I wouldn’t say I have a creative way to promote my music. The only thing that I’m doing and want to do is perform. I feel like there’s no better feeling than to meet new people and build connections all while seeing new and different places. That’s where my hearts at right now.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
I feel like a challenge that I face in today’s entertainment business is feeling like I need to prove myself. The fact that we don’t have nearly enough female emcees puts the spotlight and the pressure on the ones we do have. My advice to myself is to keep making music from the heart and share it with people, rather than trying to prove it to people.

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 my hometown is phenomenal. We have so much talent. I like that we all have that dream to hold onto in the mist of all the craziness that’s going on in my city. We don’t have much opportunity where I’m from though which can make things feel more difficult. However, I feel as long as we believe in ourselves nothing’s impossible.

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 honestly don’t know where the future of music is going to be. That depends on a lot of things, but wherever it is I hope that we’re still hearing some Drake love songs and radio bops. Everyone needs that in their life every now and then.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Advice I would give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success is don’t be afraid to be different. Success comes not from being what you see others being, but from being who God made you to be. That’s true success. Be you. Be great. Be one of a kind. The rest will follow.

What inspires you to write your next song?
What inspires me to write is life and love.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
The steps I take to make a song are different depending on how I start the song. Sometimes I hear a beat and I just start writing, other times it can start with a melody in my head at the most random moments. The process is always different, but most of the time I prefer to hear a beat and write to it.

What do you think makes a great song?
I think when an artist can put their heart into a song to the point where you can feel their words as if they were your own is a beautiful thing. When an artist and a listener who’ve probably never met can relate to each other like that, that’s the purest harmony. That’s a great song.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/tasha-karelle
Twitter: www.twitter.com/tashakarelle
Instagram: www.instagram.com/tasha_karelle