“Free from profit or not, I would rather have people move to my music and be inspired to express themselves creatively in their own and unique way instead of seeking out money for selfish reasons.”

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Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
XERO.EXE:
I began to produce music in early 2005. What started out as a hobby became a passion and profession into self-expression through the vibrations of music production.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
To never give up, to keep going in spite of opposition, and finish what you start. To appreciate what they create because it is unique such as they are.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
One of the hardest challenges and tasks as a music producer in my opinion could be, at times, getting that right “level” of sound to pop just right. It goes with mixing and mastering to a level of satisfaction.

We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Starting locally makes a big impact, being able to represent where you come from is growing your roots in your hometown. Eventually you are able to start growing from there. Social media is definitely helpful. I’m still looking for promotion and advertisement as an independent artist.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I come from a small city, Cheyenne, Wyoming. As an artist I have seen others make their way up slowly but surely. There isn’t too much attention or reputation, but anywhere is a great place to start as long as you have the dedication to express yourself. The fans can be open and receptive as Cheyenne is growing its roots for more musical talents and genres.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
Doing what I love doing, producing, and hopefully performing at venues. Free from profit or not, I would rather have people move to my music and be inspired to express themselves creatively in their own and unique way instead of seeking out money for selfish reasons.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
Some of my biggest inspirations derived from electronic and trance music genres; from classical, jazz, ambient, to hip hop/trip hop, trap, and many others in between. Music and life itself in many ways moved my creative intellect to express my emotion. I look up to my family and friends, people that I love hold that title.

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I have to admit, there is a lot of shortcuts and easily replicated repertoire in today’s mainstream of music. There are several of today’s artists that I cannot credit; however, there are some rare gems in the fields of dust waiting to be discovered.

Where can we contact you and find you online?
Facebook: www.facebook.com/jonahewaliko

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