“Social media is cool and can help you in some aspects, but nothing is better than actually going out into different areas of your city and meeting new people like they used to do back then. I bet that there are more people scouting for talent out in your area than there are online. And when you do meet people always have your music ready to play for them. Whether it’s on your phone or a CD in your car, have your top 3 favorite tracks ready.”
Check out the interview with Todd Faroe exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Todd Faroe: I’ve always loved music and making words rhyme together since I was a little kid. I finally decided to take it serious and write down my raps when I was 12 and I would spit whatever I wrote to my friends and sometimes they would be shocked.
I didn’t get the chance to put out my first mixtape till I was 17, that was recorded in my homeboy’s room with a low quality mic and neither one of us knew how to mix and master at the time. It’s no longer up on any sites. Fast forward 3 years later, I put out another mixtape I called O.D.D.S. which stands for Only Doing Dope Shit.
I put out my first iTunes single after that called “Acid” and another one called “Just Fine” a few months after. I will forever be proud of “Acid,” not because it’s my first iTunes single as an independent artist, but because I recorded the vocals from my phone and did my best with mixing and mastering it. Just comes to show me that I didn’t need some high end equipment to make a decent track, people love it.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
Just go out there. Connect with the people. Attend local shows. Get cool with bartenders.
Social media is cool and can help you in some aspects, but nothing is better than actually going out into different areas of your city and meeting new people like they used to do back then. I bet that there are more people scouting for talent out in your area than there are online. And when you do meet people always have your music ready to play for them. Whether it’s on your phone or a CD in your car, have your top 3 favorite tracks ready.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
Everybody wants to be the great one. The top dog. The king. Be rich and famous. That’s what everyone wants and if that’s not what you want to become, then why are you doing it? Honestly, it doesn’t matter what I become in my career as an artist. The only two things I know is that I will not fail and no matter what I will leave my mark in this world before I’m gone.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
I really can’t answer that because I’m not officially in the music business. But I can say that as a musician the hardest thing is trying to convince new listeners to check out your music. I’ve had people message me back saying that they were worried my music would suck and sound off beat like everyone else who sends them links. My music they actually like, some people even love it and want to hear more.
It’s just a hassle trying to put yourself out there more and most people don’t want to take the time to actually listen because of all the bad links they were getting before.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
I will forever love the music scene in my city. Fort Worth has a unique sound whether it’s punk, techno, blues, or hip hop. It has it all and will blow you away.
Prime example, Leon Bridges. Guy from Fort Worth has sold out many shows worldwide and recently performed on SNL. I’ve met him a few times and each time it was random. That’s the thing about living here. You never know what could happen when the night comes.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Never sell yourself short. Know your worth and stick by it because if you’re not careful people will take advantage of you and your art. Make as many connections as you can. If someone gives you feedback, whether it’s positive or negative, always respond. No one likes a cocky artist who doesn’t have that big of a name to act that way.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
Receiving my first check from my iTunes single. That was the greatest moment I’ve had so far and I knew that hard work does pay off eventually. Things just take time as cliché as it sounds.
What is your inspiration?
I go out a lot and find inspiration in the world and the people I meet. Everyone is a different character that inspires me as a character. Just real life situations is what I find inspiring.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
If you follow trends. Yes anyone could make it, because it’s dumb, it’s rushed, and doesn’t make sense. Not like those who take their time with their craft and speak on things real people can relate to. Then you will eventually be successful. Just not as fast or on the same level of those who follow what’s trending now.
Where can we find you on social media?