“My best advice to give someone who wants to come into the music world is do it because you love it.”
Check out the interview with Yohaness exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Yohaness: It all started when I was ten. I used to hate rap, I despised it even. Then one day my sister and cousin started playing Eminem on their phones. I was so memorized by the way he could rap that fast and as clever as he did. So one day I took a note pad and got some music blasting in my headphones and started writing. I remembered trying to rap it. It was so garbage that I gave up my music career. I finally came back one more time and started a YouTube channel. I was posting beats and songs every week. I wanted to be a rapper/music producer and was willing to do anything to get it.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
The best ways to promote yourself I found is number one do it in person. People tend to remember and want to do what you want them to do more than if you were to hand out flyers and cards out like it’s nothing. Number two is online. At least 97% of the world’s population has access to the internet. That means you have a good chance of someone coming across you on the internet.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
Ultimately I want to be a successful rapper/music producer. I want to be able to support myself, have a career in the music industry. I want to be able to go off the top and come up with anything on the spot. I want to perform for as little as 50 people to as much as 50 million people.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
Staying motivated and persistent. As an independent artist you’re gonna hit bumps in the roads. Sometimes you produce something that you think is absolute gold, but others think is trash. Sometimes you’re not gonna get a whole lot of follower growth for several weeks, months, or even years. You’re not gonna get paid a whole lot either. All this can be hard, but if you want this as bad enough like the rest of us you will learn to implement patience into your life.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
I live in a little depressing town in Canada called Port Alberni. Not a whole lot there with only about 9,000 people living there and no malls or regular hangouts. I am by far the only rapper/music producer living there who takes music seriously. It’s really hot in the summer and really cold and wet the rest of the time. Our schools don’t provide much as far as music goes. The town mostly consist of hillbillies, stoners, natives, and anyone else in between.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
My best advice to give someone who wants to come into the music world is do it because you love it. Some people want get rich and famous, that’s not the case. Along the road you’re going to feel unmotivated and discouraged. What makes people successful is the burning desire and love for music no matter if they get no new followers or even if they’re not getting any money out of it. This is a passion for most of us, not a job.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
The best thing that happened in my music career was the time I got to perform for my school talent show. This was last school year in 2016. I was performing for the whole school which was about 1,300 people minus around 2 or 3 hundred, for not everyone could fit in the auditorium. So after I did my little show and dance people clapped and I walked off the stage. Long story short, I started uploading music and doing anything I could to make myself known. So here I am.
What is your inspiration?
My biggest inspiration has hands down got to be the rap god himself Eminem. He was the first rapper I hated and the first rapper I loved. I saw the kinds of things he could do, how he thinks rhymes are a kind of puzzle and fits them all together. How he can make absolute gold out of absolutely crap. How he can go off the top like it’s nothing. I knew that one day I wanted to be able to do what he can.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
I definitely know anyone can make it in the music world. They say that hip hop is dead and that this generation is the cause of it. A great example of this are these so called artists like 21 Savage, Ugly God, and Lil Yachty only to name a few. It seems like people like crazy, stupid, savage, and unskilled people more than skilled and talented ones. Just look at the Cash Me Ousside Girl, Donald Trump, and even Kim Kardashian.