“I feel right now in my career the toughest part’s that I don’t have today’s sound. I was born in ‘88 in the Golden Era of hip hop when lyricism actually meant something. That’s what I try to do.”

Check out the interview with Trizzy Traphik exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Trizzy Traphik:
Fortunately enough I had a very close friend who when I first started 10 years ago had taken me under his wings and showed me the ropes. From there I got my own set up, pushed a few tapes, started doing shows, and gaining a following. The rest is history. Once you get your foot in the door build your name up, get a good relationship with fans, and get a good reaction in front of a couple hundred people.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I promote myself in numerous different ways. One which’s the obvious and that’s through social media. Another way I like to promote myself is through other independent artists. If you get indie artists to get on a track with you no matter who’s song it is it’s going to be uploaded to a social network and shared through another.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
I feel right now in my career the toughest part’s that I don’t have today’s sound. I was born in ‘88 in the Golden Era of hip hop when lyricism actually meant something. That’s what I try to do. As far as overcoming my challenges I know if I stick true to the craft and continue to write for what I believe in no challenge is impossible.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
The music scene’s pretty tough in Cleveland. The best part about the music in the city is it never sleeps. Cleveland’s got a lot of good venues for live music with local promoters doing their best to help the up and coming artists – that also runs into that part I dislike. That’s the amount of hate and lack of support there’s from other artists.

Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
If it’s anything like it is today hip hop’s not going to be around long. I hope that it gets back to music that actually meant something. Music changes lives. When creativity sinks in we got to stop brainwashing people with molly and turning up and give them something that’s going to inspire them or pull them out of a dark place.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Be real and stay true to your craft. Take all criticism, whether good or bad and use it to your advantage to perfect your craft. You’re going to have haters who talk down and do everything in their power to stop you from getting it. You just got to stay focused and follow what you think is right.

What inspires you to write your next song?
Everyday life and the struggles you go through as a starving artist. Also the feeling knowing your proving people wrong while on the come up.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
I start by vibing out in the studio to some beats and then I come up with the idea or topic. I write the hook first and set the tone for the verse. I finish with the verse and then I record. Normally it takes me 1 week from start to finish. That’s writing, recording, editing, and mixing and mastering.

What do you think makes a great song?
The message and structure of the song’s what makes it great. You can always gain fans by connecting with them through the music.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Find me on Facebook @TrizzyTraphik. Through there you can find me on all other social media sites.