“The people who have means of getting our city to this status in my opinion are dropping the ball. So I feel like it’s all on me.”

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

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
From watching my big brother battle rap against anyone and anytime. He was always freestyling with or without beats, eventually it rubbed off onto me.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
Promo videos, making and passing out flyers, promoting shows and performances. Networking with other artists who share my work. Making and selling t-shirts with my CO-OP brand. I also use whatever social media sites that are available to promote my art and my brand.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
The greatest challenge in my opinion is overcoming any self-doubt first. Then after that it’s how do you generate a true fan base that can help pass the music along to new potential fans. So what I do is just stay focused and stick with what works for me.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
To be honest my city is truly slept on, but we gotta blame ourselves. There’s so much talent here for us not to be recognized as one of the elite hip hop states and that won’t happen till we come together and put egos to the side. The people who have means of getting our city to this status in my opinion are dropping the ball. So I feel like it’s all on me.

Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
Can’t really say because right now it’s all about catchy hooks, monotone vocals, and who got the most money which is cool to a certain extent. Bars still matter yo’.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Stay focused, work hard, always believe in yourself, and wait for no one because their dream is not your dream.

What inspires you to write your next song?
It depends what life experiences I’m going through at the time and sometimes I vibe off of current music buzz just to stay in touch with today’s genres.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
Either I get my guys together, go to studio and vibe, or I’m at home at my lab sipping and vibing to beats I get from a few producers in my city and I let the beat speak to me and start writing.

What do you think makes a great song?
Beat, hook, and bars.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/mrxcluziv
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/MrXCLUZIV1
Facebook: xcluzivent
Twitter: @xcluzivent
Instagram: @xcluziv_ent