“Do your research about what you want to do to progress your career as a whole in all areas. Stay at it. Grind hard and grind everyday if you can, and don’t give up because most people give up right before they could have came up. Stay consistent and keep your name relevant. Don’t let them forget you!”
Check out the interview with Nimbus exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
SKILLY: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Nimbus: I started secretly writing in about 5th or 6th grade. It felt cool but wrong because I felt like what I was writing was just gangster imitations of the rappers I was growing up on haha. So I stopped, searched and found myself and started writing about life and the things I see and think about everyday. I started becoming like my journal and then slowly they become songs; at least rough drafts. I didn’t start actually recording anything until I was 19. Now I’m here, I just turned 25 and still grinding hard!
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
The greatest challenge I face is the business side. There are some people that may be less talented than others but have great business skills, or people with those skills behind them. Therefor, they’re pushed and marketed in an effective way to build they’re fan base properly. That’s my main issue. My music is different, and so am I. Even though I’m sure everybody says that, but listen and see what I mean.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I should say none. I was uneducated in the beginning of my career about promotion, venues, and contacting blogs so a lot of those things are actually quite new to me; things that I’m learning and growing with. From what I see now, is that making good relationships with blogs, magazines, and online radio stations are some of the best ways to get your music out there to a wide audience outside of your city. Shows, local interviews, and local newspaper articles are what I feel get you the local exposure you need. But out of town buzz can also make your city notice you more, in my opinion. Be seen as much as possible.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
It’s pretty wild right now, constant shows going on, a lot of artist getting a lot of exposure. My city is really on the rise. I see us taking over the game in about 2 years for the next 3 to 5 years. It’s so much different and creativity in my city; it’s like we could have our whole own industry.
I love how creative everybody is. Nobody sounds the same as each other. And a lot of artists stick together which is rare. There’s a lot of mega groups and affiliates, but it’s really dope, their egos get put to the side. That makes for greater music which is what we specialize in.
I don’t like that some artist are Hollywood and act like they support the city, but are really only looking out for themselves. I’m not going to blame them because I don’t trust anybody either. I’m just trying put on for the city and everybody in it. There’s no hate or bad intentions in my blood line.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
Music is always changing. Sometimes it goes through a long phase and sometimes a short one. To me we are in the “acid jazz” phase of hip hop where everything is experimental and new. It could sound like hip hop or nothing at all. Either way the flows are all different now, a lot of people use that Migos/Future/Drake flow, but just alter it a little bit. Avant used it first, 4 Minutes, check it out haha. But really I see it growing out of this phase soon and getting a bit more concrete. It’ll still be weird though. It’s a perfect room for my genre I call Space Jazz. We are being a part of it by making the music, learning and growing together as artist. There’s more artist than ever now a days so it’s easy to get over looked but we still stick together.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Be professional and only do this music if you love it, otherwise you’re just taking up space for somebody else’s talent. Everybody has their own reasons. Do your research about what you want to do to progress your career as a whole in all areas. Stay at it. Grind hard and grind everyday if you can, and don’t give up because most people give up right before they could have came up. Stay consistent and keep your name relevant. Don’t let them forget you!
What do you think makes a great song?
Consistent power and meaning behind your words, and versatility in your flows. I didn’t say a good beat first because although a good beat usually makes a good song, I’ve heard songs that were great and then hear the instrumental and it doesn’t sound as good without the words. Which means the artist made the beat sound better. Therefore a artist can make a beat or vice versa or both can join together in harmony and make it great.