“No amount of songs on Soundcloud are going to get you on. It’s all about your movements. Your motivations. Stay hungry and make it a habit of never being satisfied.”
Check out the interview with The RVS exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
The RVS: I’ve loved music since the day I can remember. I started writing music around the 4th grade, but I didn’t touch an actual recording studio ’til high school. Ever since then I’ve just been moving, building my craft, picking up shows whenever I could. I don’t have tenure on the scene yet, but I plan to change that very shortly. I’m the true definition of do-it-yourself. Home studio, street teams, open mics, I’m a just a local cat.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
That’s why I’m here. I saw an opportunity and I threw something towards it. The opportunity came back and I answered it. Investing your money and your time wisely, putting yourself forward. When you’re at the bottom swerving through this thing known as the underground, you’ve got to take everything available. Big or small.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
Allot (laughs). There’s no one thing I want to be. If I had to sum it down to one word, it’d be “great.” In everything I invest myself in, I must be great. Wherever I decide to take my life I want to be making positive influences and changes to all people, places, and things. In music I want to be unique, incomparable, a legend like the ones before me.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
Since I’m independent, and plan on dying that way, I guess you could say my greatest challenge is finding someone willing to invest in a young kid. I don’t like the ideas or the negatives behind labels. I just need someone who believes in me like I believe in myself. Ideas are priceless, ambition is invaluable. You can’t knock a hustler.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
Harlem, New York. I guess that’s first and foremost. It’s hard living here. As for the music, it’s probably the same as everywhere else. A bunch of people trying to get off on the sound that’s already popping. The few kids that are out there trying to define a new sound, a new New York sound, kids such as myself, those are the kids you shouldn’t sleep on.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
It’s not easy and if you think it is let me rip that band aid off for you right here. No amount of songs on Soundcloud are going to get you on. It’s all about your movements. Your motivations. Stay hungry and make it a habit of never being satisfied. That’s how I get to it. I prioritize me, myself, and goals before anything.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
I feel like the best hasn’t happened yet. Lots of good things have come my way and an equal amount of bad. I’ve gotten some pretty good offers here and there, nothing etched in stone. I’m still waiting for something spectacular to happen to really knock me off my feet. Who knows where this interview could go, am I right?
What is your inspiration?
I have many inspirations. My biggest ones and hopefully I can say this, if not just take everything else, come after midnight, with 3 grams of New York’s finest, a fifth of Henny or preferably anything dark, in a studio with a lock on the door, bumping beats ’til the sun comes up. I feel like I write better when I’m not completely myself.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Well they sure as hell let anybody be nowadays (laughs). It’s hard sitting here with talent watching your dream go to someone who isn’t even going to be relevant next year. It’s also a great motivator. Look at the people that it took a while to get on, but are clearly going to have longevity. That’s what I’m after.
Where can we find you on social media?
I’m all over Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram; all @rvsnyx. You can also look out for my future upcoming project titled Pendergrass Vol. 1.