“Cincinnati, Ohio is a mixture of urban and suburban. The hip hop culture in Cincy has always had its unique style. It seems artists are doing big things but not getting the greatest optional like the south or NYC.”
Check out the interview with Tommion Waylee exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Tommion Waylee: Music began for me driving around in my father’s old school cars listening to blues. Then one day at age 6 my bro David picked me up and introduced me to hip hop and r&b. My uncle’s inspired me always by playing guitar. Yet growing up I never could afford one so I vocalized lead with my voice. We lived all over Cincinnati where my first rap group was the Huffman boys at the age of 11.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Be yourself, you’re never too lost to eventually find your natural juice. Also take it one step at a time and don’t slip or jump off the edge of the life’s staircase.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
The hardest task has been nothing really. A moderate challenge has been time management. I’ve stayed up sipping plenty of nights on this album, having entertainment. Also losing a female friend. I hope to get back on the flow with non-neglecting.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Word of mouth, reaching the young adults on their level of juice. Staying consistently as possible with online media and through many people.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
Cincinnati, Ohio is a mixture of urban and suburban. The hip hop culture in Cincy has always had its unique style. It seems artists are doing big things but not getting the greatest optional like the south or NYC. The networking’s good. I do like the fact we have a few currently making things happen.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I have ventured in so many fields such as writing two short books, mixing, beats, game design, animation, and art. Yes I have mostly mastered those crafts practically. Every day I wake up the music gets better and better. In a year I want to continue music and start performing again.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My moral influence has been my bro Lonnie. My music inspiration has been many, but I’ll narrow my favorites down to Future and Keith Ape.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
Today’s music has bloomed to its full potential. Hit after hit with the secret formulas. I couldn’t find my rhythm dancing to music until somewhere in the 2000’s. The hip hop beats have bloomed. I can’t perceive the music advancing any more, it’s possible though.
Where can we contact you and find you online?
CD Baby: www.cdbaby.com/cd/tommionwaylee16
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