“If you don’t make things happen, then they will never happen.”
Check out the interview with The Poet Lounge exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
The Poet Lounge: My journey into the entertainment business started when I was in public school. My dad used to bring me to the studio when I was young. While he worked on his music, I would remember looking around with wonder in my eyes. I started performing in assembly shows at my public school, then showcases. Music is in my DNA, it’s in my bloodline. I love writing and creating songs.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
My advice to young children trying to make music professionally is never give up, always continue to push your brand everywhere you go, and be prepared to do a lot of foot work. If you don’t make things happen, then they will never happen.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Doing all the footwork behind the scenes while also juggling being the artist, but I learn time and project managing is vital to existing in this music business.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
I feel the best way to promote and advertise music is to give yourself at least three months ahead of the release date to constantly speak about the coming project. Stickers, PR, and social media blast messages are great but need to be aimed at the correct sources. If all the efforts are concentrated around the same time period it should generate a buzz.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. My city is lit, full of opportunities. The artists in New York City are raw and uncut. The fans are real hip hop heads. Home of Biggie, Jay Z, Tupac, Wu-Tang, and many other superstars. New York is home to the boom pap drum sound. It’s the mecca of hip hop. I love New York City.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
Hopefully seven hundred thousand dollars richer, but I honestly see my clothing line becoming a strong brand. I see my music going to the next level. I see me growing productively as a man in society and as an artist in the music industry.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
I look up to powerful positive people; Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X, etc. In the music world it’s Marvin Gay, Michael Jackson, Rakim, KRS-One, Mac Dre, Biggie, Tupac, and Common. All music before me influenced me as an artist and as a person.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I feel today’s music is cool. It’s different, and I love the energy that comes along with it. All music is relevant and connected, so all music is important.
Where can we contact you and find you online?
Official website: www.poetlounge1.wixsite.com/thepoetlounge