“There’s a lot of work that goes into making a song sound good and I don’t think a lot of younger people realize this first starting out. I know I didn’t and I’m still learning!”
Check out the interview with Ya Boi E.T. exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Ya Boi E.T.: It all started one day when I randomly bought a cheap $30 music program my senior year of high school. Ever since I’ve been making music and working with different people. In St. Louis I’ve worked with Workhouze Insta2tion, been a part of and done shows around St. Louis with Our Power Ent. and now I’m in Kansas City looking to continue the journey with this thing we call music.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
My advice is to do it because you genuinely love it, not because it’s the “cool” thing to do. There’s way more than what you see in the videos on YouTube or TV. There’s a lot of work that goes into making a song sound good and I don’t think a lot of younger people realize this first starting out. I know I didn’t and I’m still learning!
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
I would say the hardest challenge is finding the time to do everything. I work full time and I write all my stuff as well as record, edit, and mix everything. I have to find time here and there to get things done while trying to balance all of life’s other duties.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
I think the best way to promote these days is of course to build a fan base of people genuinely interested in your music. With so many different social media outlets you have the chance to connect with people from all over the world. Word of mouth is more powerful tool now.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I just recently moved to Kansas City, MO from St. Louis, MO so I don’t yet know many artists from this area. I do know that they have very loyal fans from the way they embrace and support their hometown hero Tech Nyne.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
A year from now I would like to work more with music and with more artists. I’d also like to learn more about my craft and continue to grow into music.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
Musically I looked up to artists like Tupac Shakur for his outspokenness and the passion he had for making music and Master P for his business moves and putting out artist after artist when No Limit Records was in its prime. Today I look up to artists that keep it real like Big K.R.I.T., Curren$y, J.Cole, Wale, Kendrick Lamar, etc.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
As with music of any generation there’s some good/great artists that come around and some horrible ones. I feel like the music in the hip hop genre that’s being played on the radio in heavy rotation is garbage to be honest. While the better artists aren’t being recognized for thought provoking lyrics and artistry.