“I would say to sit yourself down and ask yourself a few questions. I think a major part of it is what are you trying to or hoping to get out of it?”
Check out the interview with Tha Sire exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Tha Sire: I will have to say it all began as a child when I would see my pops practicing and playing his guitar. It gave me the “that’s how that happens” moment growing up. As I grew up, my brother and I would always tell pops to pursue it. We started to notice we had talent in many things like sports, but music especially. I never pursued instruments, instead I started to DJ. Nothing big, but that was my introduction to music. From there it started to flourish.
I would take instrumentals and write rhymes and while practicing my DJ skills I’d drop the lyrics. I got positive compliments from friends and family. When I moved to Arizona I came across one of my producers who I still ride with till this day. He was doing his thing production wise and I was trying to rhyme so we got together to work and since then it’s been a go. Once my brotha L and I got together on this and got serious with it all, we’ve been making major moves on the independent scene.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
I think everyone would have a different answer or idea with this one, as it should be for each individual. For me, it’s being real. Being myself. I promote me, what I speak is me, what I say in my music is me so when it is all said and done everything you get from me is me period. So my tip would be to just be yourself.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
In my careers and in life I want to be one of the hardest workers, the best man I can be led by example, but most importantly I want to be the best father I can be. I’ll accept everything that comes after that.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
People. How to explain that? The people in the industry know exactly what that means. It doesn’t mean everybody or all people, but those in the game know. The best way to explain that I guess would be that you always hear about hurdles and walls in life. Well, those hurdles and walls in this game come in the form of people. We are cool with that and understand that its part of this business. We don’t stress on that or lose any sleep over it. We just continue to make good music.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
Depends, I was born in East Los Angeles, California. Lived in Lynwood a few years and many years in Fontana. The scenes changed a bit and so did the music. I think that was all a benefit. Now we are putting Buckeye, AZ on the map.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
I would say to sit yourself down and ask yourself a few questions. I think a major part of it is what are you trying to or hoping to get out of it? Everyone has potential or can build a fan base, but does your music fit your answers to those questions? Are you willing to invest? How much? Bottom line is this is a business. Plan, invest, and prioritize. A lot more comes with it, but that would be a good start.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
There’s many, one just occurred. Dropping my new track “The Lights” was a huge deal to me. The experiences, the meeting, and getting to work with some of the people I used to bump and listen to as a kid coming up. A big moment for me was meeting KMG of Above The Law (RIPP. I’ve done music with Kurupt (DPG), my brotha the legendary Kokane, and Goldie Loc of the Eastsidaz (DPG). Those are all moments that won’t be forgotten.
A huge positive thing is working with kids. It’s a good feeling having a school or parent reach out to you as someone they see in a position to be a positive influence on a child. That’s major.
What is your inspiration?
My kids, my parents, my family. There’s a lot more to that like wanting to make a difference as well, but my kids is all I need to get the inspiration to do and work hard at whatever it is I’m trying to do or get to.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Yes, I sure do. Look at Kendrick Lamar, look at Adele. To me it goes back to a previous question I was asked and my response was what do you want to get out of it. I guess it also depends on what you’re measuring success as. For example, me being on Skilly magazine is a success.