“If I like the songs I make then I know I’m doing something right. Sometimes artists feel like they can’t come up with nothing; to overcome that you have to clear your mind and express yourself as a human being entirely.”

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

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
VBL
: It all started from watching the hip hop culture growing up as a kid seeing music videos on TV and hearing rap songs on the radio. I remember saying to myself that’s what I want to do

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
Just by being myself and sharing my life with my audience by uploading videos on YouTube whether it be music or just a random video expressing myself on any topic or just sharing what’s on my mind at the time.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
The greatest challenge I feel is to keep making music that you are satisfied with. You know when you make a dope track or not. If I like the songs I make then I know I’m doing something right. Sometimes artists feel like they can’t come up with nothing; to overcome that you have to clear your mind and express yourself as a human being entirely.

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 artists who follow the wave of what’s on the radio. If they make a song that sounds like a radio hit they’re going to keep making that type of music. It’s cool but that won’t give them longevity. Once you set your image, if you ever try to change it won’t look right and you’ll lose fans.

Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
There will always be an artist that will change the direction of radio music. To be a part of it all you have to do is try to combine your sound with their sound once in a while when you make songs.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Follow your heart if you want it that bad. Go for it and don’t be scared to take chances. If you have success from one song don’t dwell on it. Keep thinking of new ideas to shock the audience with your music.

What inspires you to write your next song?
Feeling like I’m solo, underrated, and knowing I’m on a level that surpasses most.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
If I have lyrics in my head then I’ll look for a beat that fits it. Then I’ll play with the way I’m going to flow on the song, I got to make it catchy. I’ll listen to the changes in the instrumental when the drops come in and I try to blend my flow in with the music.

What do you think makes a great song?
A dope beat, vocal emotional feeling, and sounding like you blend in with the music as a whole. You have to match your voice with the track. That’s why a lot of artists use the same old school 90’s sounding beats because they don’t know how to change their flow and most of them just have one style.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/v1wax
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/VBL/695950340435481
Email: contactvbl@gmail.com