“Surround yourself with good people and people with similar goals as yours. Form a team and just keep promoting yourself the best you can.”

Check out the interview with Y.D.A. exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Y.D.A.:
This all began when I was in the 11th grade and started writing funny parody raps because those were very popular on YouTube at the time. Then I started writing remixes to popular songs. I knew I could sing, but I just liked writing raps. I made a remix to “Snapbacks and Tattoos” and called it “Beanies and Tattoos.” Everyone in school liked it and were always singing it in the hallways when they saw me. This is when I started to take music very seriously.

What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
I’m still learning how to promote myself every day. I’d say take advantage of social media. Put your music out there, you never know what will happen. There’s no recipe for making it, if there was we’d all be famous artists. Believe in yourself and your music. Make sure you let people know you’re an artist and don’t be afraid of getting put on the spot.

What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I want to become a professional artist whose main focus is on singing and writing but has other qualities like producing and rapping.

What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
The hard thing for me is getting my music out there. I know if my songs were accessible to millions of people I’d already be a big artist. Patience is key and I’ll keep doing what I do and create new sounds.

What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
Boston’s just like every other city. The energy’s great and you get to meet a lot of different people. The music scene was bad, but it’s actually getting better thanks to guys like Cousin Stizz and Joyner Lucas. It’s our time and we have a lot of talent. I just need to work together and help each other out like artists from down south.

What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Keep striving and making good music. Focus on your craft and perfect it. Surround yourself with good people and people with similar goals as yours. Form a team and just keep promoting yourself the best you can. Don’t give up.

What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
The love I receive from people. It just gives me the energy to keep going. One of the greatest feelings is hearing people sing your songs and complementing you for doing what you do.

What is your inspiration?
My inspiration is my parents. They came to the U.S. from Nigeria in order for me and my siblings to live a better life and I can’t thank them enough for that. I don’t want them working for the rest of their lives. I want them to go on vacations while I bring the money home and that is what I plan on doing.

Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Yes, as long as people like your music and they can relate you’re golden. What will be hard is staying relevant. There are a lot of one hit wonders. A lot of people just think about now and not the future. As an artist you have to have a mindset of being the best, not just for the moment but forever.

Where can we find you on social media?
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/official_yda
Facebook: www.facebook.com/SoulfulYusuf
Twitter: www.twitter.com/luverboy127
Instagram: www.instagram.com/luverboy127
Snapchat: @Yusuf127