“For example, I perform my set at hip hop shows with the beautiful dancing roller skaters girls of the YYC Fresh Rollers. I like to keep things sort of retro and old school.”

Check out the interview with Tygantik exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.­­­­

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
The first spark for me to write hip hop came when I was with a friend of mine up in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. Joey (Explosive Josive) was playing a freestyle tune on the guitar. I had been writing to his strumming. When he stopped I asked him to continue because I wanted him to hear what I had started. I rapped the 1st verse of “Marijuana Protest” to him and he thought it sounded good and that we should make a full song out of the idea.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I have been trying to be creative with positivity a lot more lately. I make fun t-shirt designs for concerts, I involve different genres or activities that you don’t normally see in the hip hop community. For example, I perform my set at hip hop shows with the beautiful dancing roller skaters girls of the YYC Fresh Rollers. I like to keep things sort of retro and old school.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
My greatest challenge as an independent artist in today’s entertainment industry is turning my art into a business online. As an independent artist I invest every single dime I have into my craft and make a lot of hard sacrifices. I need to overcome this by knowing the worth in my music and continuing to research and find more knowledge on the subject.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
I currently live in Calgary, Alberta which has a very happening music scene. I like that any night of the week you can find a good local show or an open mic. There are a lot of different styles and genres of music. I can’t think of anything I don’t like about the music scene other than some of the negativity and unnecessary violence.

Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
I think the future of music is moving towards the hands of independent artist. There are so many opportunities available for artist. We will see a lot more young entrepreneurs taking their music career into their own hands. I think the best way to be a part of this is to study and research everything you can find on how to survive in this industry.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
The best advice is simple, never give up. I know that when recording music for the first time or just trying to make a name in the music industry can me very discouraging and difficult at times. It’s hard when people tell you to move on, get a real job, or laugh at the idea that you could even make a successful album.

What inspires you to write your next song?
Usually daily living, the universe, life, people, my last song, positivity. I feel a connection with this art and it’s something that will be a part of my life forever whether people listen to it or not. Music is the key to our spirit and soul. Music is life and life is music. Breathing is my inspiration and love creates the rhythm.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
First, I choose a beat that gives me a vibe similar to how I’m feeling or relates to the point I want to get across. Sometimes I just start writing to a beat without any planning and it amazes me how smoothly some songs come together to almost create them self. When the song is written, I will record it in the next couple days and then I get into editing.

What do you think makes a great song?
Instruments, soul, and the truth of a good story that motivates your existence and makes you want to do better.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Official website: www.tygantik.com
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/SparkCKB
Facebook: www.facebook.com/tygantikmusik
Twitter: www.twitter.com/tygantikmusik
Instagram: @tygantikmusik