“Many times awesome gifts and crafts are over looked simply because a person may look a certain way. I am a handsome heavy man that is full of soul. I constantly remind myself that my gift will make room for me.”
Check out the interview with Taurean la’Del exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Taurean la’Del: I’ve been a singer/musician since the age of three. Throughout my college career I’ve auditioned for BET’s Sundays Best and American Idol. I’ve never had the chance to actually be on the show. In June of 2015 I traveled to Detroit and auditioned for NBC’s The Voice and I didn’t make it. After trying out 3 more times I finally just accepted the fact that competitions may not be for me. So, I began to venture out as an indie artist.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I’m not huge on social media. I try my hardest to be a part, but it’s just too much to keep up with. Facebook has been a great deal of help as far as promotion. I’m more of a hands on type of guy. I will literally walk the streets singing and passing out CDs. Lately I’ve been booking gigs at coffeehouses and poetry lounges.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
I believe the greatest challenge for me would be marketability. How can I sell myself and get you to buy me? Many times awesome gifts and crafts are over looked simply because a person may look a certain way. I am a handsome heavy man that is full of soul. I constantly remind myself that my gift will make room for me.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
I’m from a small town called Waynesboro, MS. The music scene is strictly gospel quartet and rap music. There isn’t any authentic soul stirring, feel good music in this area. My hometown gave me my start whether it was in church or school. The lack of support is for sure a down fall. Often times I wonder does my home even remember who I am.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
In all honesty, the future of real music has been under attack for the last couple of years. It’s all about sex, money, and weed. There isn’t any substance. I do believe that if the true artists would come back to their roots and produce authentic music, we can save the future of it. Good music isn’t dead, it’s pushed back.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Don’t chase fame. Let the authenticity of your craft show. It may not be recognized right now, but if you stay consistent and don’t sell out for who you truly are your gift will make room. Dare to be different in your own lane.
What inspires you to write your next song?
I have so many different types of inspirations. In all honesty I can’t say because it hasn’t happened yet. It could be as simple as a thought or a sound or what kind of day I’m having. Sometimes it’s a feeling whether it’s pain, joy, sadness, or anxiety. It all just depends.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
I write the best when I’m sleep. Strange as it may sound. I will literally be sleep, wake up and start writing whatever I was dreaming and then piece it together later. I will go to bed with a thought and awake with a masterpiece.
What do you think makes a great song?
Wow, for me it would have to be true storylines. Something that every race, gender, and sexual preference can relate to.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Official website: www.taureanladel.wixsite.com/offical
Facebook: Taurean la’Del