“I want to be someone to look up to mostly … I hope I can be motivation either through my songs or through how I carry myself and the way people see me.”

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

Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
It actually started with my dad. He was active in the industry when I was young, so I heard a lot of stories about T.I., David Banner, guys like that who he had met or worked with. He had always tried to get me to sing, but I kind of leaned towards wanting to rap so really it was just me trying something new.

What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
The people want to see you out here. That’s a big one. They want to see your work ethic, how you come up with your art, what you do every day. I think the artists that are most successful are the ones who are more personal. That’s a point I’m trying to get to.

What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I want to be someone to look up to mostly. I feel like everyone needs a reason to strive to be better in life. I hope I can be motivation either through my songs or through how I carry myself and the way people see me.

What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
The hardest thing to me is establishing genuine connections. Most of the time people want to gain something from you, and that’s expected, but sometimes it seems like they don’t care if it would help you or not. I want to surround myself with people who want to advance each other as a team and a lot of guys don’t seem to get it.

What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
Montgomery is like the best/worst place to be from and it’s crazy. When the city loves you they really love you, but there’s always some drama to get caught up in. These days you really got to stay out of the way. The music scene has a lot of talent, but there’s plenty of guys that won’t get heard because of where we are and what kind of music my city likes.

What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Hey, I’m still trying myself really. I think the best thing for anyone to do is be you. That way if people become fans, they’re fans of you. That can last a lifetime.

What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
My last show in Miami was great. I had never been before, so of course I fell in love. I can’t go into a lot of details, it was crazy though!

What is your inspiration?
My inspiration are my kids, my whole family period. Everyone that wants success for me. I want to make people proud to have faith in me.

Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
I wouldn’t say anyone. You have to be ready for any and everything good and bad. Something terrible may happen that leads to something great and you got to balance it. It’s really a lot to deal with sometimes.

Where can we find you on social media?
I think I’m everywhere for the most part. Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Soundcloud is all Xzayviermusic.