“I try to use a combination of promotion methods to maximize my efforts.”
Check out the interview with Young.Pitt exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Young.Pitt: I was 13 or 14 years old and I just moved to Georgia when a friend of mine pointed me to his desktop that had Fruity Loops on the screen and said, “See if you can figure this out and make a beat.” I sat there for 2 or 3 hours and ended up making some dope instrumentals which led me into rapping, engineering, graphic design, etc.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I use multiple social media networks along with paid promo, single release parties, word of mouth, ads, etc. I try to use a combination of promotion methods to maximize my efforts.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
I think the greatest challenge for me specifically would be setting a new bar as far as lyricism and originality in a market so oversaturated with imitations and mumble rappers. I overcome this by making sure my next song is better than my last one.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
I personally think the music scene in Pittsburgh is something to be proud of if that’s your hometown. I like the differences in the styles of music and the pride other artists take in their craft. I don’t like that it isn’t really “on the map” of well-known music cities, but I have plans to help change that.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
Hip hop and rap have grown and changed so organically and vastly that I could only predict accurately that the future of music will have me as a part of it. I think other artists can be more a part of the future of music by investing more in their music to actually get traction and stop making the same mistakes as the other 99% of indie artists like spamming, YouTube beat ripping, etc.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
The advice I would like to give to other artists wanting success would be to think of yourself as a brand and to figure out what would separate you from all the other artists out there if your music doesn’t already separate you.
What inspires you to write your next song?
Life experiences, good days, bad days. My hope for creating a better life for myself and my family mostly.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
I usually sit in my studio listening to an instrumental for a song on repeat while I think about what I want to say, then I basically take what I want to say and make it all rhyme and put it song format. Other times I’ll just press record and go where the beat takes my mind and I don’t have to write at all.
What do you think makes a great song?
I think relatability and connection are most important but to make a great song you also need it to be universal, so men, women, and children can sing along. Beyond that is how well written it was and then the application itself because if you record badly it doesn’t really matter what you do after that. The last thing would be the mixing and mastering because a great song won’t be listenable without the right engineering.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?