“No matter how big or small you are, the amount of energy that you put in is what you will get out. You need to keep putting in work and you will achieve the outcome that you want.”
Check out the interview with Triangle Offense exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Triangle Offense: Originally it was Mike Booth and Rhymster that started Triangle Offense with another member. Since he left, they still liked the idea of maintaining a group. Mike and Rhymster saw AR a few times at Sub-T and was introduced to him officially at UIC Radio. They were all on Warden’s Midwest (JD and Terry Territiary, Fridays at 9PM). After the show, they ciphered for multiple hours and made AR an official member of Triangle.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
Self-promotion. Take initiative for yourself. Launch yourself out there, whether it be investing time or money. Make your own CDs, pass out stickers, and perform on the trains. Some tips we have are to have tough skin. Stay focused and maintain your grind.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
From the production to our lyrics, we’re bringing a whole new element to the music industry that hasn’t been around for decades and we’re reincarnating it. We want to show people that we are a strong 3-person unit to show the world that peace is possible in Chicago. Put the guns down, but always keep your guard up.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
There are always struggles with scheduling and being able to bring our A -game. We can’t let life get in the way of our music. We leave our problems at the door. It’s our scapegoat and relieves our stresses. Another problem is not having people believing in you. No one wants to be your day one. Everyone wants to be with you when you shine, but who’s going to be there when you’re starting up?
No matter how big or small you are, the amount of energy that you put in is what you will get out. You need to keep putting in work and you will achieve the outcome that you want. We don’t “pay to play” so it’s harder to get our name out there with less money on the table to throw for events.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
People in Chicago are going to hate on you before they show you respect. Your work ethic earns your title. That includes everyone. From the elders to the up and coming artists. The music scene has so much talent, but as a city we lack unity. Everyone is so focused on themselves they forget that we need to work together to get noticed. People need to be less egotistical and start collabing with one another. It should be less pushing people out of the way and more building off each other’s music.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Stay active at open mics. Become a jack-of-all trades. Study other artists. Study past artists. Learn all the aspects of making music like engineering and the business side. Especially learn the act of performance. If you don’t improve your performance over time, you won’t be able to blow up.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
We opened for Curren$y which was a national tour in Chicago. Just being able to have a group that will keep it real and is putting in equal effort all around.
What is your inspiration?
Everyone on the label we run with (Ever Evolved). Hearing the beats of the producers we have and being inspired for new songs by our peers. Life experiences as well. You can put your life in your music.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
They can be successful, but they need to be able to be consistent with your work ethic. Not everyone can be successful, but everyone has the opportunity to be if they put in the time and effort. There are different levels of success that you can reach. Always strive for more, even if you’re up there.
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