“One of the creative ways I’ve promoted my music is with an app to link all of my social media sites and music in the Google Play store. It’s a one stop shop.”

Check out the interview with Uzi Dre exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Uzi Dre: I started my journey in the entertainment business by being a 15 year old hood rap star. Florida DJ’s Jam Pony Express placed 3 of my songs on their mixtapes and I went from there. Now I “Give It To’em” every chance I get.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I’ve done radio commercials for companies such as the car company Kia and hosted events for other major artists at major venues. One of the creative ways I’ve promoted my music is with an app to link all of my social media sites and music in the Google Play store. It’s a one stop shop.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
The greatest challenge is telling true stories in hip hop when so many people want hip hop music to not say anything meaningful behind a hot beat. So when you’re talking to the people so many are not focused on the message. I overcome them by staying focused on talking to the people because my fans show me that there are people who do listen to the message. If it goes over your head, then you weren’t ready for the food for thought.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
The music scene in my hometown is all about oneself. Nobody wants to support you, but they want all the support. Envy is real big when unity should be bigger. Things really pop off when the numbers are big.

I do like the fact that a lot of artists are doing their thing, but I hate that everybody thinks that they have it all figured out. Instead of asking how you did it, the artists hate on how you did it.

The deejays and radio stations are not as supportive as they should be. There’s a small number of them who are supportive.

Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
The future of music is going to continue to grow. It’s just hard to say that about hip hop now. Brad Jordan and 2Pac were artists from the streets and real poverty. However, they knew how to give you not just gangsta thug life but also politics and police brutality along with the real problems in the ghetto. The real problems in my life and in your life.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Trust and believe in God. Stay focused and motivated. Hustle your music and you as a brand the same way you would hustle something that could destroy your life in the blink of an eye.

What inspires you to write your next song?
Everything I grew up seeing and still witness in the ghetto. The hurt, joy, fear, greed, pride, politics. Being the voice of the people who can’t speak out or afraid of speaking out.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
I may start with a hook or I may put together a verse and build the hook around it. Sometimes I’ll write down topics and words to build from there.

What do you think makes a great song?
What makes a great song is focus on making music. There’s different steps in making a song and making music. A song is what’s in today but out a couple of months later. However, music is timeless. You can play it today and 20 years from now it will still represent what’s going on.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
True Fiends Entertainment
P.O.Box 4953
Clearwater, Florida, 33758

Twitter: www.twitter.com/UziDre
Instagram: www.instagram.com/uzidre
Facebook: www.facebook.com/uzi.dre

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