“Don’t quit because you never know how close you are to your dreams.”
Check out the interview with Tkay exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Tkay: It all started when I was back in high school. I was in grade 11 and I just started making covers of songs and people liked them. I decided to try to make my own songs at first. I tried recording at my house, but that proved to be difficult because of the noise and the distractions. So I decided to find a producer and I did on Facebook. He agreed to record me and we recorded “Road to Riches” and now here we are.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
What me and my producer like to do is use CD Baby, for a fee you can put your own music on there and then it distributes it to different music streaming stores like iTunes, YouTube, and Spotify. Another thing that I like to do is share my music with people on Facebook, Instagram, and even Snapchat; let’s not forget Soundcloud too.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
My greatest challenge that I face in the entertainment business today is getting gigs. There’s not that many venues that support hip hop music where I live. The only thing I can do to overcome it is to not give up and just keep trying to find gigs and soon enough I am going to find them.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
I was born and raised in Harare, Zimbabwe; it’s just African music. What I like about the music in my country is that it’s in our language, so it’s easy to understand and it’s easy to get what the artist is trying to say. I don’t like that there’s not that much hip hop music.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
To be honest, I don’t know because there are a lot of artists coming in now. Some good and some bad. They certainly are going to be bringing a lot to the table and each of them are going to have different ideas, different ways to change music. I’m really interested to see what music is going to be like in the near future.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Never give up. As I said in my song on “Road to Riches,” if you really want something you gotta put work in. All I know is if you’re good at something, don’t do it for free. Don’t quit because you never know how close you are to your dreams.
What inspires you to write your next song?
What inspires me to write a new song is basically everything that goes on in the world, everything that happens on a day-to-day basis like problems happening in our society or in the world; basically things that people can relate to.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
What I do first is slip away from the family and get some privacy if I’m about to write a song because I need total focus and concentration. Then the next thing I do is I figure out my title of the song and then I just work around it.
What do you think makes a great song?
For me a great song needs great lyrics that actually mean something, not use rapping about random stuff like money, drugs, bitches, and stuff like that. It needs lyrics that actually mean something that people can understand and relate to. And don’t forget a great beat, a great song always needs a great beat.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Official website: www.cdbaby.com/m/cd/iuriibuzynnik
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