“I would like to see more conscious and overall better records get more airplay. We as artists can be a part of this change by making great meaningful music and standing up for what we believe in and not being afraid to speak our minds.”
Check out the interview with Teezy Kingz exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Teezy Kingz: Back in middle school I started writing raps for fun in class and my homeboy Jafar, who had just moved up from Florida, started making beats. We decided that we would eventually start a sort of two man group, but we didn’t actually record and took it seriously in high school.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
Hand out certain marketing tools to people such as business cards, logo stickers, and give out special previews to a new song and video. A lot of people up here in Minnesota don’t take it seriously when you tell them you’re an artist because this game is over saturated and they just assume that you are going to sound bad. Giving them a preview is a great way to promote the music.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
One of my greatest challenges is being able to get my music spread throughout the world, being able to get good steady shows where I reside, and having the time to do as much music I want in a day. I overcome these challenges by praying and keep working and making the best music I can make.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
The music scene is dope! You got big names that had success on the indie grind such as Atmosphere, Brother Ali, and the whole Rhymesayers movement. Then you got younger cats like Rocky Diamonds, Allan Kingdom, Spooky Black, and a host of others making a name for themselves on a bigger scale.
I don’t like the lack of opportunity given to local artists and the lack of support from other artists. It’s pretty sad to see.
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 think that it’s going to change drastically when it comes to actually selling albums and records. I could see that physical copies of albums in stores will die out because everything is so digital. I would like to see more conscious and overall better records get more airplay. We as artists can be a part of this change by making great meaningful music and standing up for what we believe in and not being afraid to speak our minds.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
The best advice I can give is to an artist is if you feel deep down inside you can be a good artist and make good music, then don’t feed into anything anybody is saying negatively about because they don’t run your life and are just haters at the end of the day.
If they don’t support or see your vision it’s best to cut them off because if you do get that special opportunity they are going to act as if they were there for support. Of course, also prayer and consistent hard work and patience is the formula. No one is going to be a well-known musician overnight.
What inspires you to write your next song?
Life situations or listening to other great artists I like and can relate to. I just love writing period.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
Think of my topic of discussion, hear the beat a few times to see how I am going to start the song, write verses and come up with the hook and/or bridge after verses are finished. Some people like to write the chorus first, but I found it easier for me to build the chorus around the verses.
What do you think makes a great song?
The vision, originality, and content. Painting a picture so you can see the music by hearing it if that makes sense.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Official Website: www.teezykingz.bandcamp.com/releases