“Trust me, there will be many people who support you and many people who will dislike you or dislike the way your music sounds. Things like that should not bother someone if they are trying to become musically successful and as a matter of fact use it as a motivation, a boost to your spirit to make yourself better.”
Check out the interview with Young Nasaro exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Young Nasaro: It all began at the age of 11 when I was introduced into the hip hop influence. The first artist that ever inspired me to become a rapper was no other than Nas. I listened to his whole classic album Illmatic and it changed the way I looked at the world. I then looked into other artists that grew with me like Kanye West, Jay-Z, Eminem, and OutKast.
Eventually I picked up writing my first song by using a very old dictionary in my room. As I grew older my style started to develop more and then at age 14 I hit the recording studio. After my first time in the studio it was decided that I wanted to make this my profession and share a message to the world.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
The best way to promote yourself as an artist is probably through the people or friends that are close to you and the people they know. In the music world today it’s all about connections. Artists end up finding people through people and if those people have a taste for the music you make and then a connection happens. There are many more ways to promote yourself, but I have to say that’s one of the best ways to promote yourself.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
Anything that involves my musical talent and clothing. For a while now I was thinking of making my own brand and expanding to the point where it becomes very successful. Also I would like to grow as a rapper and learn. That is a major reason because when you learn as you grow you avoid mistakes you made in the past. I don’t just want to change the world through music but through fashion as well and make a very great change to the musical and fashion markets.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
The hardest thing about being in a music business is finding the right people that won’t betray you. I have been told many times that the music industry is more than just music, but a very solid business. Having a team behind you is important, but having the right one with reliable people and very reasonable business smarts is pretty difficult to find.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
I’m from Brooklyn, NY and it is known for its hip-hop scene and honestly I feel the Brooklyn hip hop scene left a legacy and a mark on the genre itself. I feel like the music scene in Brooklyn is a historical landmark to the world. As for living in Brooklyn, same as it always has been: delightful and peaceful during the day and always watching your back at night. Living here overall is not bad, it is just a place that you have to get accustomed to overtime.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
For the artists that are trying to come up, I’m like you guys as well. Don’t ever give up on the dream that you have because the universe has it in store for you. It’s just taking some time to get to you. Keep promoting your music everywhere and tell the people about your new music and videos. We are all trying to make it out and make our families proud.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
The best thing that ever happened in my career so far is probably getting my first ever official music video done. I wasn’t that good at directing for some time and usually it was my friends who would direct the video. I felt great that I directed the video along with some help to my videographer and a great friend. It felt like a very great accomplishment to me.
What is your inspiration?
My inspiration is the early and late rappers that I grew up with and still growing with like Eminem, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Mos Def, Kanye West, Rakim, Wu-Tang Clan, etc. Listening to your favorite artists can put a very inspiring spirit inside you whenever you feel things are not going right. And hearing the lyrics of the legends makes me feel like I can be at their level one day if I keep on growing and learning.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
In today’s world yes, if you perfect your craft and you feel that you are ready to show the world your talent. Trust me, there will be many people who support you and many people who will dislike you or dislike the way your music sounds. Things like that should not bother someone if they are trying to become musically successful and as a matter of fact use it as a motivation, a boost to your spirit to make yourself better.