“I think the first challenge we face is being Asian in the entertainment business. Asian rappers are not common, so it’s kind of like we have to be that much better to prove we belong.”
Check out the interview with xL exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
xL: We’re all family and we started making music together as a hobby. As we got older and realized we were good at it, we decided to take it serious and figured why not try to make a living off something we love?
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Be yourself! There’s nothing wrong with being influenced by other artists, but in the end you want to be true to yourself and never be afraid to be different.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
I think the first challenge we face is being Asian in the entertainment business. Asian rappers are not common, so it’s kind of like we have to be that much better to prove we belong. Another challenge we’ve faced is not really having that big of a team to back us. We’re a rap group of 3 members, so we’ve been responsible for everything.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
YouTube! Connecting with a fan’s ears is obviously the first step, but to take it to the next level you also want to catch your fans’ eyes. Not just through music videos, but vlogs and behind-the-scenes stuff where fans can get a true sense of who you are and can connect on a more personal level.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
We grew up in Vallejo and Antioch, CA respectively, small suburb towns, but like any other city they have their fair share of crime. There’s a lot of great talent in the bay in general and the fans are very loyal. The problem many Bay Area rappers have had, including ourselves, is breaking passed that barrier of the local scene.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
Putting out a lot more content; from music videos and vlogs to more music. Maybe putting together a local tour.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
Stephen Curry. He went from being seen as a college basketball player who would never make it in the pros to being an NBA MVP and one of the most important players on an NBA Championship team. Manny Pacquiao. To learn about his past and the struggles he endured to get to where he is today, is so inspiring.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
There’s a lot of good music out today. The only negative thing is it’s not all on the radio. Nothing against what’s on the radio because we enjoy plenty of the music on the radio but it just gets so repetitive. Everyone’s basically making the same song. Instead of trying to stand out, many artists are just trying to fit in with the current trend.
Where can we contact you and find you online?