“Always be willing to seek knowledge because no matter where you are, there’s someone who may know something better than you.”

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

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
I remember being like 7 or 8 years old watching MTV’s music videos while my parents were sleeping because my parents were pretty strict and wouldn’t let me listen to certain music. I was a part of a label at the age of 13 but was let go at 14 due to doing things without their permission. I have had my doubts over the last years. I even quit music a couple times because of the label incident as a teen but nothing could ever keep me away from it.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
Honestly, as of late I promoted through building relationships with people on social media. Friends support friends. My season of only doing that is changing.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
I think my top challenge has been scams within the industry. There are people out here that plot on us artists. I have been overcoming this challenge, not by choosing to not do business at all with people, but by working up ways to root out any schemes early. Plan ahead.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
Living in Lansing, MI for music has always been frowned upon. I like that a lot of artists around here help each other out, but I don’t like how they don’t take their craft serious. Either they aren’t talented or their vision and knowledge isn’t wide enough. Artist’s here think they are the best and don’t improve.

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 really riding on the internet. I can see things with virtual reality and AI really becoming a fad within the next couple years. I feel like artist’s just need to work their way in front of the right people and they could potentially make some big moves by catching these waves.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Always be willing to seek knowledge because no matter where you are, there’s someone who may know something better than you. There is always something around you that could really inspire the way you do things. Even listening to artists you wouldn’t usually vibe with, I’ve learned a ton from that alone.

What inspires you to write your next song?
Anything really. There is inspiration everywhere. It could be life situations or me wanting to convey a certain mood; nature, relationships, etc.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
First I get the beat production figured out, then I listen to it for a while to feel it out. After that I start writing out the hook or the first verse. Sometimes the song falls into place from the hook, but other times I find the hook within the verse. After I got it wrote I record it and then keep rewriting the things that don’t sound good to me.

What do you think makes a great song?
The song must be simple, relateable, catchy, and in harmony. Lastly, it needs to make sense. If you don’t understand why the song was made in the first place, no one else will vibe with it.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Official website: www.soversed.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/iamversed
Twitter: www.twitter.com/iamversed
Instagram: www.instagram.com/iamversed