Check out the interview with 2Four exclusively on Skilly Online.
How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
It started officially in 2011 when I released my first mixtape Lamborghini Dreamin’. But to me it really didn’t start to get to the seriousness that it is now until 2012 when I released my first EP Long Hair Don’t Care. That’s when I took the chance and dropped everything else and knew this is what I wanted to do with my life.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I try to use very grassroot methods performing for students and teen centers and places like that. Of course combined with social media and just word of mouth. But, ultimately it’s about the music so I just try to get it to as many people as I can, any way I can.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
Just being heard and not getting lost in the shuffle. It’s so many people that wanna do this music thing so you gotta come with it. I overcome it by enjoying the grind and take pride in the competition that is music. Plus I always go against the grain and try different things with my writing and my songs. I also take pride in being able to write and coexist with many different genres.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
It’s the home of country music, it’s music city, its the place where music dreams are born. The thing is that majority of people in Nashville are probably musically inclined in a certain form or fashion. There are positives and negatives to it of course. Positively, it’s just the place to be. It is great for hearing different things and developing a ear for music in general. Great history and ambiance. Negatively, the positive can work against you because so many people are here to do what you do so the competition is fierce and opportunities are limited. Also, most of the music is in the country genre. There are so many good genres here it just sometimes gets drowned out. All in all though, no other place I’d rather be.
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 think we are already being to see the future with independent artist and not necessarily needing a label to get your music to everyone. I think artist have to be on the cutting edge of technology and ways to brand themselves. It’s getting easier to get lost in the shuffle because it’s not all about the music anymore. You have to be a force in many different ways and meet somewhat likeminded and successful people to learn and further yourself with.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Just keep at it and make sure this is something you really want to do. You will most likely have to sacrifice your time, money, and everything else to just get a sniff at success. This isn’t just a job, this is a lifestyle and a culture. If your hear and soul is in it, it will show. The fakers wil be exposed so take it serious if this is what you want and never give up. Do whatever it takes.
What inspires you to write your next song?
Everything. Just life in general. I can find inspiration in the smallest of things. I just enjoy the process of writing and putting words together and making it all fit and work together in the studio and on the mic. I love the grind and the sense of accomplishment after I’ve written something dope. I also just look forward to the next song because there is alwasys room for improvement. Always something I can do better and I love figuring out new things and ways to get better everytime.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
I am usually writing about 5 or 6 songs at a time. I write and come back to things with possibly a different outlook or feel then when I started. I’m always listening to music and getting ideas and I like to piece things together. A song for me could take anywhere from 15 minutes to like months just depending on how I feel. I have so many things written at times I almost forget lol. But I am almost always writing. I sometimes take days maybe weeks off of not writing and then come back to it like I never stopped. I just love the process
What do you think makes a great song?
That’s the secret. It’s never one thing. There are songs that like that maybe it’s just the hook is dope or I think the lyrics are dope or the beat is on point. I listen to many different genres so I like lots of things. To me the best songs are the ones that make me feel emotions and also inspire me in my own music.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
I am pretty much on every social site I can get my hands on. Plus I have a website.
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