“I’m always thinking what’s next and never focused on now. This is my first album and I’m already working on my next. I’m my own boss so no holding back.”

Check out the interview with The Phoeno exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
The Phoeno:
I wrote my first rap in 5th grade for DARE the next year, but it was too violent so I wasn’t allowed to perform it. Years later my friend had a studio in his kitchen and we cooked up my first few mixtapes. I put them out at local stores and started learning the game day by day.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Take advantage of every opportunity big or small. You can’t get days of the past back so go for what you know right now. Even if you’re wrong it’s a lesson you learned. Don’t wait on the other man to help you, this is your dream and your goals.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
I’m hard on myself and people have to remind me they like what I’m doing or they look up to me. I’m always thinking what’s next and never focused on now. This is my first album and I’m already working on my next. I’m my own boss so no holding back.

We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Just get the music out there. My album is on all digital stores and if people like it they’ll continue streaming or will buy it. The artists today have more control over their career than 5 years ago.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I’m from Houston and our music and culture influences a lot of people. I’m glad to be coming into my own. We have many different styles here.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
Second album, another single on radio, and shows. People always told me I should talk to the youth because I have come a long way. I help people donate blood, go vote, and volunteer to give kids school supplies.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
Today you have to look up to yourself. My grandma as a kid told me why look up to someone when God may have bigger plans. My top 3 hip hop artists are Tupac, Nas, and Jay Z.

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I like the music coming out today. Everyone has a different personality and taste. I can’t knock another man for being them. Whatever your environment or background it helps you gravitate to music, it’s the universal language.

Where can we contact you and find you online?
Facebook: ThePhoeno
Twitter: @ThePhoeno
Instagram: @ThePhoeno
Snapchat: @ThePhoeno

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